$236.6 million in funding has been announced by the federal and provincial governments for infrastructure projects across Saskatchewan.
The money will be used for clean and wastewater projects, and improving public transit throughout the province.
As part of the $120 billion Investing in Canada plan, the federal government plans to fund up to 50 percent of the eligible project costs. The provincial and municipal government will then split the remainder of the costs.
Ten water based projects have been approved for Regina and Saskatchewan, and 12 projects have been approved for improvements to public transit, which the government hopes will create jobs in Saskatchewan.
“When we make investments, we must be riveted on the economic consequences of those investments. We want growth, we want jobs, we want more success for the middle class, and we want a more prosperous Canada,” said Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety.
Regina will see upgrades to the McCarthy Boulevard Pump Station, wastewater collection and storm system upgrades, and wastewater and storm collection system rehabilitation.
The City will feel some financial releif under the new funding structure.
“Under the last government and the last Building Canada Fund, the money did not flow for construction season after construction season, now we’re seeing the money will be flowing to us, so we’re extremely pleased,” said Mayor Michael Fougere.
So far, the government has only allotted money for projects in Regina and Saskatoon, but Donna Harpauer, Government Relations Minister says they will identifying projects in additional municipalities in the coming months.