Federal funding comes through for Battleford, other communities

Federal funding has come through for a number of Saskatchewan projects including an important one for the Town of Battleford.

The feds are committing $1,387,320 towards the town’s project to rehabilitate the north pedestrian bridge over the North Saskatchewan River and associated works.

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The province’s contribution is for $1,155,984 and the town’s contribution is $924,996. The town has been looking to rehabilitate and repair the old bridges.

This is one of 55 projects the federal government is making an investment of more than $21.2 million under the new COVID-19 Resilience Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. The province is contributing over $16.4 million while recipient communities are contributing $12.5 million, for a combined investment of $50.2 million.

Other projects receiving funding in the northwest area include the Town of Wilkie’s Community Centre and Ice Plant Solar Power Upgrade, which will attach approximately 500 solar panels and associated equipment to the rooftop to serve a portion of the building’s electricity needs. The federal contribution is $198,989; the province is in for $165,807, and the town is in for $132,676.

Other projects include the town of Biggar’s arena ice plant solar power upgrades for a fed contribution of $89,364; Lloydminster Agricultural Exhibition Association COVID 19 Upgrades to retrofit the communication and safety technology used at the facility for $114,673; Flying Dust and Meadow Lake walking path expansion for a fed contribution of $1,725,023; Village of Medstead purchase and installation of park furniture and playground equipment for for Centennial Park for a fed contribution of $42,379; and Town of Spiritwood upgrades to the skating arena mezzanine for a fed contribution of $58,284.

“Through collaboration with our provincial and municipal partners, we are funding important infrastructure projects throughout Saskatchewan,” said Jim Carr, Government of Canada’s Special Representative for the Prairies, on behalf of Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, in a statement.  “With the COVID-19 Resilience Stream, we are also responding to the impacts of the pandemic through flexible and accelerated investments in key infrastructure upgrades as quickly as possible. The funding announced today will help communities build back better, create jobs, and build cleaner, more inclusive communities.”

“From Buffalo Narrows to Estevan, and dozens of communities in-between the Government of Saskatchewan’s $16.4-million investment in these 55 local infrastructure projects will not only help protect local economies, which are continuing to recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, but also help create safe, healthy and prosperous communities across the province,” said Saskatchewan Government Relations Minister Don McMorris in a statement.


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