Investing in green and recreational infrastructure helps create dynamic, healthy communities for residents and their families. The governments of Canada and Prince Edward Island recognize that strategic investments in infrastructure play a key role in supporting livable communities while creating good jobs that help grow the middle class.
Today, Sean Casey, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, and Member of Parliament for Charlottetown, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; the Honourable Steven Myers, Minister of Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy, Government of Prince Edward Island, and His Worship, Philip Brown, Mayor of the City of Charlottetown, announced funding for six wastewater and community infrastructure projects in the City of Charlottetown.
Two projects will see improvements to the city’s wastewater services including upgrades to Charlottetown’s Wastewater Treatment Plant as well as improvements to seven sewer lift stations across the city. These projects will increase the city’s capacity to manage and treat wastewater, leading to a cleaner environment for residents.
Other projects will see improvements to recreation spaces in the city, including expanding Victoria Park, improving accessibility in Queen Elizabeth Park, and improving access to the Parkman Soccer Complex, the Acadian Forest Park, and nearby walking and biking trails via Wrights Creek Bridge. These projects will provide increased opportunities for Charlottetown residents and their families to come together and stay active, while also increasing recreational tourism in the area.
The Government of Canada is investing more than $5.9 million in the five projects through its Investing in Canada infrastructure plan. The Province of Prince Edward Island is contributing over $6.5 million, and the municipality is contributing the remainder.
“The Government of Canada recognizes that modern wastewater services, and accessible community and recreational spaces are key to creating healthy communities for families, friends and visitors to gather and be active. The infrastructure projects announced today will improve the quality of life for Charlottetown residents and increase tourism potential in this beautiful city.”
Sean Casey, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard and Member of Parliament for Charlottetown, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
“Green space, walking and cycling trails, ball fields and other community recreation spaces all make Prince Edward Island a great place to live. Investments in any Island community make our whole province stronger.”
The Honourable Steven Myers, Minister of Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy, Government of Prince Edward Island
“We wish to thank the Federal and Provincial governments for their continued cooperation and support on infrastructure projects in the Birthplace of Confederation. This multi-level commitment shows that all levels of government share the goal of creating healthy communities with a focus on the environment and overall quality of life of our residents. These projects will have a lasting legacy for future generations.”
Philip Brown, Mayor of the City of Charlottetown
- Through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, the Government of Canada is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
- $25.3 billion of this funding is supporting social infrastructure in Canadian communities.
- $26.9 billion of this funding is supporting green infrastructure projects, including $5 billion available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.
- These investments complement the Atlantic Growth Strategy, a federal-provincial action plan aimed at stimulating economic growth in the region through five priority areas:
- Skilled workforce/Immigration;
- Clean growth and climate change;
- Trade and investment
Investing in Canada Plan Project Map: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map
Federal infrastructure investments in Prince Edward Island: https://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/investments-2002-investissements/pe-eng.html
Investing in Canada: Canada’s Long-Term Infrastructure Plan: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/icp-publication-pic-eng.html
Atlantic Growth Strategy: http://www.acoa-apeca.gc.ca/ags-sca/Eng/atlantic-growth.html