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Canada and Quebec invest in water infrastructure to ensure adequate services and stimulate the economy in the Mauricie region – Yahoo Finance

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<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="TROIS-RIVIÈRES, QC, Sept. 12, 2020 /CNW/ – The governments of Canada and Quebec are taking decisive action to meet the needs of communities by investing in green infrastructure projects in all regions of Quebec. Providing communities with modern and reliable water infrastructure is a shared priority for both governments.” data-reactid=”12″>TROIS-RIVIÈRES, QC, Sept. 12, 2020 /CNW/ – The governments of Canada and Quebec are taking decisive action to meet the needs of communities by investing in green infrastructure projects in all regions of Quebec. Providing communities with modern and reliable water infrastructure is a shared priority for both governments.

Today, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Andrée Laforest, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, announced funding for 15 infrastructure projects in the Mauricie region. These projects include upgrades to municipal drinking water, storm-water management and wastewater collection systems, and the addition of new pumping stations.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="The Government of Canada is investing over $9.3 million through the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Plan. The Government of Quebec is also investing over $9.3&nbsp;million through the Fonds pour l’infrastructure municipale d’eau&nbsp;(FIMEAU) funding program.” data-reactid=”14″>The Government of Canada is investing over $9.3 million through the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Plan. The Government of Quebec is also investing over $9.3 million through the Fonds pour l’infrastructure municipale d’eau (FIMEAU) funding program.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="These federal–provincial contributions are part of a significant $637.8 million investment, announced by both governments on August 20, to upgrade water infrastructure in the province.” data-reactid=”19″>These federal–provincial contributions are part of a significant $637.8 million investment, announced by both governments on August 20, to upgrade water infrastructure in the province.

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<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content=""Building healthy communities starts with investing in essential services. Working with our provincial and municipal partners, we are ensuring Quebecers have access to safe and reliable drinking water and wastewater systems. Modern and efficient water infrastructure is essential to support healthy and resilient communities throughout Quebec. Canada’s infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs across the country, and builds stronger communities."” data-reactid=”21″>”Building healthy communities starts with investing in essential services. Working with our provincial and municipal partners, we are ensuring Quebecers have access to safe and reliable drinking water and wastewater systems. Modern and efficient water infrastructure is essential to support healthy and resilient communities throughout Quebec. Canada’s infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs across the country, and builds stronger communities.”

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities” data-reactid=”22″>The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

“Once again, our government is showing its commitment to prioritizing sustainable development with the modernization of water infrastructure. It is vital that all Quebecers have access to quality essential services. I am also proud of this investment because it contributes to the well-being of current and future generations, all the while having a considerable and positive impact on economic recovery. This is a fine example of partnership for the benefit of our communities.”

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Andrée Laforest, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing” data-reactid=”24″>Andrée Laforest, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing

“I am very pleased that the Mauricie region will benefit from these water infrastructure projects. The work that will be carried out is a significant investment which will ensure the sustainability of our municipal infrastructure all while creating jobs, helping communities get back on their feet and notably improving the current infrastructures situation in Trois-Rivières.”

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Member of Parliament for Saint-Maurice–Champlain” data-reactid=”26″>The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Member of Parliament for Saint-Maurice–Champlain

“I welcome this great collaboration between our two levels of government and municipalities. It  will be fruitful for the Mauricie region. Citizens will greatly benefit from the investments announced today through access to better and safer water services. Given our current environment, this is also good news for the economic development of the region.”

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Jean Boulet, Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Solidarity and Minister Responsible for the Mauricie Region” data-reactid=”28″>Jean Boulet, Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Solidarity and Minister Responsible for the Mauricie Region

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  • Under the Investing in Canada 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.
  • As part of the Investing in Canada Plan, the Government of Canada has invested over $6.2 billion in 790 infrastructure projects in Quebec.
  • The Government of Quebec’s Fonds pour l’infrastructure municipale d’eau (FIMEAU) aims to carry out the construction, rehabilitation, expansion and addition to municipal water and wastewater infrastructure. It consists of a total investment of $1.5 billion. Two more project submission periods are planned for 2022 and 2024. 
  • Quebec’s 2020-2030 Infrastructure Plan calls for nearly $7.5 billion in investments in municipal infrastructure under the responsibility of the Ministère des Affaires municipales et de l’Habitation (MAMH).
  • To support Canadians and communities during the coronavirus pandemic, a new stream has been added to the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program to help fund pandemic-resilient infrastructure.
  • Furthermore, the Canada Healthy Communities Initiative will provide up to $31 million in existing federal funding to help communities adapt spaces and services in response to immediate and ongoing coronavirus-related needs over the next two years.

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<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="The governments of Canada and Québec are investing in water infrastructure to ensure adequate drinking water services, storm water management and wastewater collection systems, while contributing to economic recovery.” data-reactid=”40″>The governments of Canada and Québec are investing in water infrastructure to ensure adequate drinking water services, storm water management and wastewater collection systems, while contributing to economic recovery.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="In the Mauricie region, the Government of Canada is investing over $9.3 million for 15&nbsp;projects through the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Plan. The Government of Quebec is also investing over $9.3 million through the Fonds pour l’infrastructure municipale d’eau (FIMEAU) funding program. These projects include upgrades to municipal drinking water, storm-water management and wastewater collection systems, and the&nbsp;addition of new pumping stations.” data-reactid=”41″>In the Mauricie region, the Government of Canada is investing over $9.3 million for 15 projects through the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Plan. The Government of Quebec is also investing over $9.3 million through the Fonds pour l’infrastructure municipale d’eau (FIMEAU) funding program. These projects include upgrades to municipal drinking water, storm-water management and wastewater collection systems, and the addition of new pumping stations.

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Location

Project details

Federal contribution

Provincial contribution

Municipal contribution*

Charette

Extension of sewer system by approximately 1,030 metres to serve 31 residences. Work also includes road restoration and roadway landscaping associated with the pipe replacement.

$260,400

$260,400

$130,200

Lac-aux-Sables

Upgrades to two wastewater pumping stations.

$380,951

$380,951

$190,476

Louiseville

Replacement of approximately 658 metres of drinking water, wastewater, and storm water pipes; including the installation of new storm water pipes for sewer separation. Work also includes road restoration and roadway landscaping associated with the pipe replacement.

$307,187

$307,187

$153,595

Louiseville

Replacing approximately 1,707 metres of drinking water, waste water and storm water mains. Work also includes road restoration and roadway landscaping associated with the pipe replacement.

$699,804

$699,804

$349,903

Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan

Replacement of approximately 6,378 metres of drinking water pipes. Work also includes road restoration and roadway landscaping associated with the pipe replacement.

$1,921,324

$1,921,324

$960,662

Sainte-Thècle

Replacement of approximately 2,509 metres of wastewater pipes to improve the sanitary sewer system. Work also includes road restoration and roadway landscaping associated with the pipe replacement.

$1,335,885

$1,335,885

$667,946

Saint-Justin

Replacement of approximately 1,080 metres of drinking water pipes. Work also includes road restoration and roadway landscaping associated with the pipe replacement.

$236,249

$236,249

$118,126

Saint-Luc-de-Vincennes

Replacement of approximately 1,044 metres of wastewater and storm water pipes; including the addition of new storm water pipes for sewer separation. Work also includes road restoration and roadway landscaping associated with the pipe replacement.

$514,950

$514,950

$257,475

Saint-Stanislas

Replacement of approximately 240 metres of drinking water pipes. Work also includes road restoration and roadway landscaping associated with the pipe replacement.

$141,470

$141,470

$70,735

Trois-Rivières

Rehabilitation of lagoon system by replacing blowers at wastewater treatment plant in Sainte-Marthe.

$1,322,225

$1,322,225

$661,113

Trois-Rivières

Replacement of approximately 1,212 metres of drinking water and wastewater pipes. Work also includes road restoration and roadway landscaping associated with the pipe replacement.

$728,714

$728,714

$364,359

Trois-Rivières

Replacement of approximately 638 metres of drinking water and wastewater pipes. Work also includes road restoration and roadway landscaping associated with the pipe replacement.

$413,267

$413,267

$206,635

Trois-Rivières

Replacement of approximately 1,179 metres of pipes to improve water, sanitary, and storm sewer systems; including the addition of new sanitary pipes for sewer separation. Work also includes road restoration and roadway landscaping associated with the pipe replacement.

$580,645

$580,645

$290,324

Trois-Rivières

Replacement of approximately 319 metres of drinking water and wastewater pipes. Work also includes road restoration and roadway landscaping associated with the pipe replacement.

$240,770

$240,770

$120,385

Yamachiche

Replacement of approximately 600 metres of drinking water, wastewater, and storm water pipes; including the addition of new storm water pipes for sewer separation. Work also includes road restoration and roadway landscaping associated with the pipe replacement.

$221,000

$221,000

$110,500

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CIAC Welcomes Alberta Government's Plan to Level the Investment Competitiveness Playing Field, Attracting Global-Scale Chemical Manufacturing Investments – Canada NewsWire

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OTTAWA, ON, Oct. 30, 2020 /CNW/ – The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) congratulates the Government of Alberta on launching the Alberta Petrochemical Incentive Program (APIP). Building on the strong chemical manufacturing focus within the recently unveiled Natural Gas Vision and Strategy, APIP will help level the investment competitiveness playing field and attract a surge of global-scale, multi-billion dollar investments in the province’s low-carbon natural gas-based petrochemical sector. 

“The Alberta government has a bold vision for growth of Alberta’s chemical manufacturing sector,” said Bob Masterson, President and CEO, CIAC. “The Alberta Petrochemical Incentive Program levels the playing field with other jurisdictions competing for new investment and makes that vision of a top global chemicals producer possible. The opportunity for growth in this sector exists in the province and that is good news for jobs, new global scale investment, and Alberta’s economy.” 

The Alberta Government recognizes the importance and growth opportunity of a $12 billion sector that is Alberta’s largest manufacturing sector by exports and resource value-added. Alberta has an opportunity to diversify and build its economy on petrochemicals, a sector that has been resilient throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and is poised to see sustained demand continue for the foreseeable future. CIAC looks forward to working with the Alberta Government to attract new investment to the province. 

About CIAC 
The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada is the association for leaders in Canada’s chemistry and plastic sectors—adding C$54 billion and C$28 billion respectively to the Canadian economy. The Association represents close to 200 members and partners across the country. We provide coordination and leadership on key issues including innovation, investment, plastics, taxation, health and safety, environment, and regulatory initiatives. 

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For further information: Devon Babin – Communications Manager, Chemistry Industry Association of Canada, [email protected], T 613-237-6215 ext. 225, C 613-620-3386

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Province steps up with $2.7M investment for 20 beds at OSMH – OrilliaMatters

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Earlier this week, the provincial government announced it would be providing $116.5 million to create up to 766 more beds at 32 hospitals and alternate health facilities across the province. 

Simcoe North MPP Jill Dunlop explained what that investment means to Orillia.

She said the province will be providing up to $2,718,000 to Orillia’s Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital (OSMH) for up to 20 total patient beds.

The goal of the funding is to help alleviate hospital capacity pressures and reduce wait times and surgical backlogs.

“A bed is such an important part of the hospital process for both staff and patients,” Dunlop said in a statement.

“This investment will help improve the ability for Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital to provide care for patients, even more so during such a difficult time as COVID-19, especially with the upcoming winter and flu season.” 

This week’s funding is in addition to the $234.5 million investment for 139 critical-care beds and up to 1,349 hospital beds included in Ontario’s fall preparedness plan. 

The new funding “will further strengthen our ability to meet the health needs of our community,” said OSMH president and CEO Carmine Stumpo.

“This funding announcement supports the surge planning already underway at OSMH,” he explained. “This includes maintaining current emergency services, addressing backlogs in scheduled surgical activity and creating new capacity for COVID and influenza surges this winter.”    

Stumpo said the $2.7 million in one-time funding, to March 31, 2021, “will support operating expenses such as additional staff and medical supplies.” 

According to the media release from Dunlop, this brings the total investment to $351 million for more than 2,250 new beds at 57 hospitals and alternate health facilities across the province – beds that will add more capacity for hospitals, help with occupancy pressures and support the continuation of surgeries and procedures. 

“Our government is making the necessary investments to quickly and effectively increase hospital capacity and reduce wait times for patients and families in Simcoe,” said Health Minister Christine Elliott.

“This additional investment will ensure our health-care system is able to respond to future waves of COVID-19 and help patients waiting for surgeries and other procedures get the care they need, faster.” 

The government is providing $2.8 billion for the COVID-19 fall preparedness plan. It focuses on addressing surges in COVID-19 cases and reducing health service backlogs by:

  • Extending hours for additional priority surgeries and diagnostic imaging;  
  • Helping up to 850 alternate level of care patients access proper care in a home or community setting to help free up hospital capacity;  
  • Expanding digital health and virtual services, which provide alternatives to in-person care that limit the transmission of COVID-19, while maintaining access to care;
  • Improving access to mental health and addictions services and supports; and 
  • Increasing home and community care service by adding 484,000 nursing and therapy visits and 1.4 million personal support worker hours. 

Ontario will release its 2020 budget and the next phase of Ontario’s Action Plan on Nov. 5.

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Sydney's Smart Shop to reopen amid surge in downtown investment – CBC.ca

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The construction of the new Nova Scotia Community College Marconi campus on the Sydney waterfront is spurring investment in the downtown.

A notable recent development is the purchase of Sydney’s iconic Smart Shop Place on the corner of Charlotte and Prince streets, which has been sitting vacant in recent years.

“We see Sydney as booming nowadays,” said Ajay Balyan, who recently purchased the three-level building along with his brother, Ankit.

Brothers Ajay and Ankit Balyan, former CBU students from India, have purchased downtown Sydney’s iconic Smart Shop building. (Holly Conners/CBC)

It was a different picture when he moved to Cape Breton from India in 2017 to study at Cape Breton University.

A lot has changed since then, with a boom in international enrolment at CBU and unprecedented public infrastructure investment in the area, including the new NSCC campus, health-care redevelopment and a potential new regional library.

“We know after NSCC, the Sydney downtown is going to be the main spot for the students to hang out or to eat,” said Balyan. “And we’re getting good support from the community, as well. So we find it to be a good opportunity for us.”

Smart Shop Place opened in 1904 as a clothing store and long served as a retail anchor in Sydney. The Balyans plan to rename the building Western Overseas, after their family’s business in India.

Ajay Balyan, shown in the lower level of the former Smart Shop Place, which he plans to reopen as a fine-dining restaurant. (Holly Conners/CBC)

Construction is underway to convert the main floor into a small food court and the lower level into a fine-dining restaurant. The upper level will become apartments.

The brothers, with family partners in India, have similar plans for the former Cape Breton Post building on Dorchester Street, which they bought last year.

The two also own Swaagat, an Indian restaurant they opened on Prince Street in 2019.

Craig Boudreau is among a group of investors who have been buying up properties in downtown Sydney. (Holly Conners/CBC)

Meanwhile, on Charlotte Street, local entrepreneur Craig Boudreau and a group of partners recently bought four buildings and are negotiating a fifth.

Two years ago, Boudreau purchased the former Jasper’s Restaurant site on George Street. It’s currently being used as a parking lot, but he hopes to start construction next fall on a multi-story commercial and residential development.

NSCC students will need housing and the community could use more dining options, said Boudreau.

“It’s really spinoff,” he said. “It’s kind of the perfect scenario.”

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