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April 30, 2007
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Prince Edward Island Gets Over $4.45 Million for Infrastructure Projects

Community and Cultural Affairs

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A total of $4.45 million will be invested in Island communities under the Canada-Prince Edward Island Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund (MRIF). Thanks to the funding announced today, two new projects have been approved and four projects have been approved for additional funding. The Honourable Gerry Ritz, Secretary of State for Small Business and Tourism, on behalf of Canada’s New Government, along with Community and Cultural Affairs Minister, the Honourable Elmer MacFadyen made the announcement today.

“Canada’s New Government is working with its partners to get things done for the people of Prince Edward Island,” said the Honourable Gerry Ritz,on behalf of the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA). “We are proud to invest over $1.4 million in projects which will help build stronger communities in rural and urban areas of the province.”

“To date, 82 MRIF projects have been approved or recommended, representing 41 communities across PEI, with a total cost of over $53 million,” said the Honourable Elmer MacFadyen, Minister of Community and Cultural Affairs. “We are pleased to work with our federal and municipal partners to provide funding for priority areas in sewer and water, cultural and recreational facilities, municipal roads, energy retrofits, and public transit.”

The MRIF program assists communities with capacity building to examine their existing infrastructure and decide what improvements might be needed in the future.

Two new projects are also being announced today. The City of Charlottetown will undertake a $2,010,000 project to support storm piping and sidewalk construction in various locations throughout the city. A second new investment for the City of Charlottetown will allow the municipality to extend central water services to Stockman Drive and surrounding areas. The total cost of this project is $1,400,000.

Several projects which were previously approved are receiving additional funding through amendments to their original project. In the Town of Souris, changes in the scope of the Main Street project to include replacements to the sewer main along with the water main have increased the cost by $975,264. In Alexandra, an additional $4,100 will be used for community hall renovations. The Fort August Recreation Centre has been approved for an additional $9,800 for improvements, and the Community of Crapaud has been approved to increase its community hall renovation project by $60,000.

Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee said he is very pleased with the level of support from the provincial and federal governments for continued improvements to the City's infrastructure system.

“The many ditches which will be filled in during this construction season and the much needed improvements to the water system in the Stockman Drive subdivision are real improvements that will continue to add to the quality of life for the citizens throughout our City,” said Mayor Lee.

The MRIF is administered by the PEI Department of Community and Cultural Affairs and ACOA through the Canada-PEI Infrastructure Secretariat. Project costs are shared on a one-third basis between the federal, provincial and local governments. For more information about infrastructure initiatives in Prince Edward Island, visit or

Media Contact: Autumn Tremere
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