Yesterday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Nova Scotia Premier Hon. Stephen McNeil reached a bilateral agreement to invest in the province’s wastewater and public transit systems.
The investment is part of the first phase of Investing in Canada, a $120-billion government plan to enhance public infrastructure over the next 10 years.
”Having the three levels of government work together to improve critical clean water and wastewater systems means these projects can be completed sooner for the benefit of our citizens,” said McNeil. “This work will make our communities stronger, healthier and more sustainable. I am also pleased to see funding for public transit. Public transportation gives Nova Scotians more mobility; it’s good for the environment and the economy.”
Ninety-six projects are underway thanks to the funding. These include, a new wastewater treatment system for Parrsboro, upgrades to the sewer system in Bridgetown and transit upgrades in Halifax.
Nova Scotia’s wastewater system will ensure that harbours and rivers are clean, water systems can withstand the notorious East coast weather, and that the drinking water is safe for consumption.
As for enhancements to the public transit system, students and commuters alike will rejoice at an increased number of circulating buses. These buses will have improved accessibility so that all Nova Scotians can travel safely and efficiently.
“We are committed to investing in infrastructure that will help make our towns and cities better, healthier and safer places in which to live, work and play,” said Trudeau. “The investments announced today will help provide the people of Nova Scotia with clean and reliable water sources and help them get home to their loved ones sooner via enhanced public transit.”
“The funding will also generate new jobs – helping grow the middle class – and lay solid foundations for the sustainable economy of the future.”
The funds will be applied retroactively to April 1, 2016 so that the projects can begin immediately.
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