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February 14, 2007
For immediate release

Minister Announced Five Capacity Building Projects

Community and Cultural Affairs

Today the Honourable Elmer MacFadyen, Minister of Community and Cultural Affairs, announced the first five newly approved Capacity Building projects. On November 22, 2005, the Government of Canada and the Province of Prince Edward Island signed the Agreement on the Transfer of Federal Gas Tax Revenues, which allocated $37.5 million to Prince Edward Island cities and communities. Of the $37.5 million, $4,857,097 was allocated to the Community and Capacity Building Fund.

The five projects announced today were:

1. Community of Wellington – Wellington’s Wastewater Treatment System Review. This funding will provide base data to enable the community to develop a plan to address upgrades and expansion to its current wastewater system.

2. Community of Miltonvale Park – Official Plan & Bylaw Review. This review is necessary to assess the community’s current official plan, its subdivision application process and its current water and sewage situation.

3. Town of Cornwall – Regional Water Supply System. Cornwall will use this funding to investigate proposals for a jointly managed water supply system.

4. Stratford – Sustainability Project. Stratford will be hiring an expert to conduct a sustainability plan for the town. This plan will outline how the town can move towards a sustainable future based on the economic, environmental, social and cultural dimensions of sustainability.

5. Community of Hazelbrook – Official Plan & Bylaw Review. Hazelbrook will use this funding to hire a consultant to review its current official plan and by-laws and to determine, prioritize and address weaknesses and deficiencies.

“Canada’s New Government is committed to making our communities better places to live, raise families and to do business,” said the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minster of Foreign Affairs and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. “The projects announced today will look at ways to continue improving the infrastructure of communities throughout Prince Edward Island.”

“The Government of Prince Edward Island is pleased to be working with the Government of Canada to support the long-term sustainability of our Island communities,” says Minister MacFadyen. “Today's announcement will allow communities to plan for their future infrastructure needs.”

Canada's New Deal promotes the economic, social, environmental and cultural sustainability of our cities and communities. It is focused on establishing a long-range vision for communities, building new relationships among all orders of government and other partners, as well as helping communities secure predictable and stable long-term funding.

“By planning future initiatives in clean drinking water and in wastewater treatment, and by building sustainable communities, we are making important contributions to our quality of life,” says Minister MacFadyen. “I am pleased that we can work together with our Island communities to advance the New Deal for Cities and Communities.”

Media Contact: Autumn Tremere
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