Government of Canada and FCM support Rural Municipality of St. Clements’ East Selkirk Sewer and Water Project (20/05/2015)
From left: RM of St. Clements councillors Jerry Drobot and Glen Basarowich, Selkirk-Interlake M.P. James Bezan, RM of St. Clements mayor Debbie Fiebelkorn and Jenny Gerbassi, Third Vice President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.
East Selkirk, MB — James Bezan, Member of Parliament for Selkirk-Interlake and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence, on behalf of the Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, and the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs, and Jenny Gerbasi, Third-Vice President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and a councillor for the City of Winnipeg, Manitoba, today announced Green Municipal Fund™ (GMF) loan and grant contributions of $3,567,926 for the Rural Municipality of St. Clements for the installation of new systems to provide potable water, wastewater treatment, and better fire protection for East Selkirk village.The project is also benefitting from more than $3.3 million in funding through the federal Gas Tax Fund. In 2006, federal, provincial, and municipal funding of $4.6 million was announced under the Canada — Manitoba Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund (MRIF) for this project.
"Our Government is helping municipalities across the country to achieve their goal of a cleaner and healthier environment for their citizens through the Green Municipal Fund," said Parliamentary Secretary Bezan. "I am proud of our Government's support for a project that will provide safe, clean drinking water and reliable sewage treatment for the residents of East Selkirk for years to come."
"The Green Municipal Fund offers a range of resources and services that specifically addresses the sustainable community development needs of municipal governments," said Ms. Gerbasi. "The financing and knowledge provided by the Fund support the development of communities that are more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable."
The community of East Selkirk has a 40-year history of drinking water quality issues. In 2001, water tests on individual wells resulted in a long-standing boil water order advisory.
This project addresses a set of water and wastewater issues in a community that had relied solely on private wells and septic systems. The new water treatment plant and low-pressure distribution system will make clean water available for drinking and other household uses. The wastewater collection system and aerated treatment lagoon will gather and treat waste, and the fire hydrants will enhance public safety.
"Protecting drinking water has been a top priority for past Councils, and we are pleased to be able to continue to move this agenda forward," said Mayor Debbie Fiebelkorn. "We are grateful to the FCM and senior levels of Government for helping to bring closure to this chapter in our community's history".
This project is an exciting example of how GMF funds can be combined with funding from other sources — in this case, the Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund and the Gas Tax Fund — to improve municipal infrastructure.
The federal Gas Tax Fund is a key component of the New Building Canada Plan, as announced in Economic Action Plan 2013. The renewed GTF will provide $21.8 billion over the next 10 years to assist Canadian municipalities with their infrastructure priorities. It provides predictable, long-term, stable funding to municipalities to help them build and revitalize public infrastructure.
The Government of Canada endowed the Federation of Canadian Municipalities with $550 million to establish the Green Municipal Fund™. The Fund supports partnerships and leveraging of both public and private-sector funding to reach higher standards of air, water and soil quality, and climate protection.
FCM has been the national voice of municipal governments since 1901. It fosters the development of sustainable communities to improve quality of life by promoting strong, effective, and accountable municipal government.