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July 20, 2009
For immediate release

Province Invests in Municipal Safety

Communities, Cultural Affairs and Labour

Two communities in Prince Edward Island will soon benefit from improved access to back-up electrical power during an emergency, thanks to a provincial investment of $105,124 from the Island Community Fund.

The province is financially assisting the Town of Kensington and the Tyne Valley Fire Department to purchase back-up generators to provide support for their communities during an emergency situation.

“This funding will increase the safety of Islanders and provide back-up power when needed during an emergency,” said the Honourable Carolyn Bertram, Minister of Communities, Cultural Affairs and Labour. “Having generators is an important part of making sure emergency services are available when they are needed.”

With the support from the Island Community Fund, the Town of Kensington will purchase and install three back-up power generators for essential infrastructure and the Town Hall. One generator will power a sewage lift station to prevent overflow during power outages, the second will provide emergency power for the municipal water system; and the third will provide power to the Town Hall to allow personnel to operate during emergency situations. The total project cost will be $123,600, with the province providing 75% of the necessary funds, $92,700.

The Tyne Valley Fire Department will be purchasing and installing a 25KW generator, as well as constructing a 6 x 8 building to house the generator adjacent to the fire hall, including appropriate wiring and ventilation systems. This project will provide a safe place for people to go during emergency situations and have access to heat, water, lights and cooking facilities. The total project cost will be $40,166, with the province providing 75% of the necessary funds, $30,124.

The Island Community Fund was established by the Provincial Government to assist Island communities in undertaking cultural, recreational and community safety infrastructure initiatives. The Government of Prince Edward Island has committed a total of $27.5 million in Island Community Fund funding for six years. For more information on funding under ICF, visit the Infrastructure Secretariat website at

Media Contact: Autumn Tremere
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