REGINA, SK, May 6, 2021 /CNW/ - Canadians everywhere have felt the impact of COVID-19 on their families, their livelihoods, and their way of life. Canada and Saskatchewan have worked together to ensure health and safety, support families and businesses, and sustain local economies. Investments in infrastructure during this extraordinary time provide an opportunity to enhance citizens' quality of life and meet the needs of growing communities while creating jobs at a time when they are most needed.
Today, the Honourable Jim Carr, federal Minister and Special Representative for the Prairies, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and the Honourable Don McMorris, Saskatchewan's Minister of Government Relations, announced more than $50.2 million in joint funding for 55 infrastructure projects across the province. The projects are funded under the new COVID-19 Resilience Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.
Among other projects, the funding will go toward the construction of a new community centre in Kinistino, which will house the town office, a rental hall, a daycare and a library. Active transportation networks will be expanded or improved in the Battlefords, Estevan, Kindersley, La Ronge, Swift Current and Yorkton helping to enhance mobility connections and the safety of cyclists and pedestrians. New walking pathways will connect the Flying Dust First Nation community to Meadow Lake, providing increased and safe pedestrian access to community services. In Regina, the Saskatchewan Science Centre will be renovated to make it more accessible. Projects in Moose Jaw, Wilkie and Biggar will upgrade the power supply to municipal buildings using solar panels.
Providing communities with reliable and sustainable infrastructure is a shared priority for both governments. The Government of Canada is investing more than $21.2 million in these 55 projects. For projects requiring consultations with Indigenous groups, funding is conditional on all consultation requirements being met. The Government of Saskatchewan is also contributing over $16.4 million toward these projects. Contributions by recipients toward their respective projects are $12.5 million.
"Through collaboration with our provincial and municipal partners, we are funding important infrastructure projects throughout Saskatchewan. 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."
The Honourable Jim Carr, federal Minister and Special Representative for the Prairies, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and 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."
The Honourable Don McMorris, Saskatchewan's Minister of Government Relations
"We are very pleased that our Logan Green Pathway improvement project has been accepted as part of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. Having the participation of both the federal and provincial governments in funding this important multi-use pathway project will enable it to get underway this Spring. Once complete it is expected to greatly increase use and improve access to our city's largest and best recreational area."
His Worship Mitch Hippsley, Mayor of the City of Yorkton
"The Saskatchewan Science Centre is tremendously grateful for the funding commitments from the Government of Saskatchewan and the Government of Canada for our renovation project. This project will be transformational for the Science Centre. A renewed space and exhibits will be critical to a successful future for the Saskatchewan Science Centre, allowing us to continue to inspire the province's youth to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math."
Sandy Baumgartner, CEO of the Saskatchewan Science Centre
To support Canadians and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, a COVID-19 Resilience Stream has been added to the over $33-billion Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program to help fund pandemic-resilient infrastructure. Existing program streams have also been adapted to include more eligible project categories.
Through the COVID-19 Resilience Stream, over $3 billion is available to provide provinces and territories with added flexibility to fund quick-start, short term projects.
The COVID-19 Resilience Stream allows the Government of Canada to invest up to 80 per cent in projects that support provinces, and up to 100 per cent in projects that support territories and Indigenous communities in their response to the pandemic.
Under the Investing in Canada Plan, the federal government 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.
In Saskatchewan, the Government of Canada has invested more than $812 million in over 460 infrastructure projects since 2015 under the Investing in Canada Plan.
Canada and Saskatchewan announce over $50M investment for 55 infrastructure projects across the province
The Government of Canada is investing more than $21.2 million in 55 projects under the new COVID-19 Resilience Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. The Government of Saskatchewan is contributing over $16.4 million. Contributions by recipients toward their respective projects are $12.5 million. In total, this represents a combined infrastructure investment of more than $50.2 million. Funding recipients are responsible for any additional project costs.
Projects funded under the COVID-19 Resilience Stream
Location / Area
Proponent - Project
Battleford, Town of
Town of North Battleford - North Saskatchewan River Truss Bridge
Rehabilitate the north pedestrian bridge and associated works.
Bengough, Town of
Bengough and District Regional Park Authority - Bengough Swimming Pool Major Renovation
Improve the outdoor pool and its related operational infrastructure.
Big River, Town of
Town of Big River - Installation of Sidewalk
Install new sidewalk and associated works along First Avenue North between First Street North and Ausland Street.
Biggar, Town of
Town of Biggar - Arena Ice Plant Solar Power Upgrade
Upgrade the power supply with approximately 249 solar panels and associated equipment.
Bredenbury, Town of
Town of Brendenbury - Old School Rejuvenation Project to Create New Purpose
Update and repair the old vacant school building to include a daycare, gym, Lion's Den space, and office rental spaces.
Broadview, Town of
Town of Broadview - New Joint Administration Office
Construct a new joint administration office for the Town of Broadview and RM of Elcapo No.154 to include space for a library and a multi-purpose room for area residents.
Buffalo Narrows, Northern Village of
Northern Village of Buffalo Narrows -
Lake View Complex Repair and Upgrade
Repair the existing municipal recreation centre.
Candle Lake, Resort Village of
Resort Village of Candle Lake - Flood Mitigation Berm and Active Walking Trail
Construct a flood mitigation berm and active walking trail.
Carrot River, Town of
Pasquia Regional Park Authority - Pool House Upgrade
Repair, upgrade and expand the combined shower and pool house.
Duck Lake, Town of
Town of Duck Lake - Community Park Upgrade / Expansion
Upgrade and expand the existing park area, install interactive and accessible play structures, along with associated works.
Elrose, Town of
RM of Monet No. 257 - Uniplex Roof Repair & Viewing Platform / Ice Surface Accessibility Upgrade
A complete overhaul of the hockey arena roof and an expansion to the landing viewing area, improving accessibility to the hockey arena while increasing socially distant viewing capacity is needed.
Endeavour, Village of
Village of Endeavour – Replace Deteriorated Sidewalk & Extend Existing Sidewalk System
Replace and expand the village's deteriorating sidewalk system.
Englefeld, Village of
Village of Englefeld - Arena Upgrades
Upgrade the arena function room.
Estevan, City of
City of Estevan - Pedestrian Corridor Expansion Project
Create approximately 13 km of new pedestrian walkways interconnected with existing ones. Install one washroom facility, a footbridge, 15 benches, solar-powered path lighting, and safety and accessibility improvements to street and railway crossings.
Fort Qu'Appelle, Town of
Town of Fort Qu'Appelle - Rexentre Infrastructure Improvements
Upgrades to improve safety and rehabilitate the change room and its heating systems, drainage, water fountains, electrical systems and associated works.
Gull Lake, Town of
Town of Gull Lake - Kiaskus Trail Paving Project
Paving the approximately 2.1 km of outdoor walking and biking trail.
Hepburn, Town of
Town of Hepburn - Parks and Pathways Renovation
Create safe outdoor gathering spaces through a new park construction, existing park renovations, and an accessible pathway addition.
Imperial, Town of
Town of Imperial - Imperial Arena Upgrade
Retrofit to the community arena to turn it into a year-round use facility.
Indian Head, Town of
Town of Indian Head - Sunbeam Creek Walking Trail Revitalization
Pave the 2 km Sunbeam Walking trail to make it more accessible, erect additional signage and install lighting.
Kenaston, Village of
Kenaston Community Recreation Board - Arena Ice Plant Replacement
Replace the skating rink's artificial ice plant.
Kindersley, Town of
Town of Kindersley – Kindersley Active Transportation Project
Resurface the existing trail and create a new connecting pathway system as well as reconstruction of some sidewalks, installation of lighting, benches, shade areas and planters.
Kinistino, Town of
Town of Kinistino - Community Centre
Build a community centre to house the town office, hall to rent, daycare facilities, library and potential medical clinic
Lampman, Town of
Town of Lampman - Rink Upgrade
Renovating the current
compressor room which is in need of upgraded electrical.
Langenburg, Town of
Town of Langenburg - Parks and Trails
Design, develop and construct approximately 12 km of multi-use pathways to connect residents to various outdoor recreation and community spaces, and associated upgrades.
La Ronge, Northern Town of
Northern Town of La Ronge - Community Recreation Trails Upgrade
Upgrade approximately 7 km of existing community trails so they can be used year round.
Lebret, Village of
Village of Lebret - Community Centre Revitalization
Build an addition to the existing community centre that will include accessible washrooms with showers and a meeting room.
Lipton, Village of
Village of Lipton - Flooding Drainage Repair
Install drains, catch basins and pumps to alleviate water faster and prevent flooding.
Lloydminster, City of
Lloydminster Agricultural Exhibition Association -COVID 19 Technology & Safety Upgrades
Retrofit the communication and safety technology used at the facility.
Manitou Beach, Resort Village of
Resort Village of Manitou Beach - East Sanitary Pumping Station Upgrade
Install new submersible pumps and associated works for flood prevention.
Martensville, City of
City of Martensville - Pathway Lighting
Install lighting along a 1.9 km pathway that provides a direct link from the south end of Martensville to Kinsmen Park.
Meadow Lake, City of / Flying Dust First Nation
Flying Dust First Nation and City of Meadow Lake - Connecting Communities: Flying Dust and Meadow Lake Walking Path Expansion
Connect Flying Dust First Nation and the City of Meadow Lake with approximately 3.18 km of asphalt walking path and 1.93 km of concrete sidewalk.
Medstead, Village of
Village of Medstead - Purchase and Installation of Park Furniture and Playground Equipment for Centennial Park
Replace park furniture and playground equipment.
Moose Jaw, City of
City of Moose Jaw - Building Solar Power Upgrades: Five Locations
Upgrade the power supply to five existing municipal buildings (Yara Centre, Kinsmen Sportsplex, City Hall, City Public Works/Transit Building, Mosaic Place) by attaching more than 1,000 solar panels and associated equipment to each rooftop.
Muenster, Village of
Village of Muenster - Curling Club Interior COVID Renovation
Remove interior walls, relocate electrical, plumbing and heating infrastructure, upgrade air quality controls and repair flooring and ceiling finishing to accommodate the resizing of the existing entrance and main lobby.
Nipawin, Town of
Town of Nipawin - Jubilee Arena Dressing Room Addition
Add four permanent dressing rooms with washrooms and showers to the arena.
Osler, Town of
Town of Osler - Heritage Park
Upgrade the park by adding lighting, picnic tables fixed to a concrete slab, benches, park grills, walking pathways, gazebo, wheel chair accessible picnic tables, parking for person with disabilities.
Ponteix, Town of
Notukeu Regional Park Board Authority – Washrooms and Change Rooms
Replace existing campground and pool/spray park washrooms and change rooms.
Prince Albert, City of
Prince Albert Indian and Metis Friendship Centre - Ramp and Doors Project
Upgrade and renovate the entrance area, washroom and related facilities.
Regina, City of
Saskatchewan Science Centre - Renovations, Repairs and Upgrades
Repair, upgrade, and renew exhibits, flooring, bathrooms, and public areas.
Regina, City of
City of Regina - Bus Operator Driver Shields
Retrofitting existing buses in the transit fleet to have permanent barriers in the operator compartment.
Regina, City of
City of Regina - Mobility Device Securement System
Install 66 self securement systems for mobility devices on 66 buses.
Rocanville, Town of
Town of Rocanville - Aquatic Centre Structural Rehabilitation
Repair the deck, pool, and building support structure, retrofit and replace electrical and mechanical systems, as well as upgrades to the mezzanine area and change rooms.
Rose Valley, Town of
Town of Rose Valley - Multi-facility COVID-19 Resilience Upgrade
Retrofit to the town office, Rose Valley and District Recreation Complex and Rose Valley Community Centre.
Shields, Resort Village of
Resort Village of Shields - Municipal Sport Court Amenity and Maintenance Building Retrofit
Upgrade to existing maintenance building that will create a multi-purpose space bringing together a variety of different services to allow space for a kiosk, bathroom, a separate flex space for community gatherings and maintenance and storage for equipment.
Spiritwood, Town of
Town of Spiritwood - Upgrades to the Skating Arena Mezzanine
Upgrade to the facility, such as insulation, drywall, paint, along with raising the floor for seating, improvements to the concession area and finishing of the stairs in the fire exit area
Swift Current, City of
City of Swift Current - Active Transportation Expansion
Construct approximately 11 km of alternate multi-use pathways and install new signage.
Thode, Resort Village of
Resort Village of Thode - Community Centre Upgrade
The project will provide additional floor space at the centre by adding a second floor with a kitchen and gender neutral bathroom facilities.
Torquay, Village of
Village of Torquay - Community Centre Upgrades
Replace the roof, rafters and ceiling, boiler system and its components and install new flooring
Turtle View, Resort Village of
Resort Village of Turtle View - Municipal Office Retrofit and Fire Hall Addition
Retrofit existing fire hall to a municipal office and construct an addition to the building for a larger fire hall.
Wadena, Town of
Town of Wadena - Recreation Centre Roof Replacement
Replace the roof with a new metal roof
Watson, Town of
Town of Watson - Arena Renovations
Upgrade and repair the roof, replace emergency exit doors and renovation to ice resurfacer room to accommodate a larger vehicle and purchase sanitization equipment
Wilkie, Town of
Town of Wilkie - Community Centre and Ice Plant Solar Power Upgrade
Upgrade ice plant's power supply by attaching approximately 500 solar panels and associated equipment to the rooftop to serve a portion of the buildings electricity needs.
Willow Bunch, Town of
Willow Bunch Recreation Authority - Rink Project
Replace the artificial ice plant.
Willow Bunch, Town of
Town of Willow Bunch - South Central Agrivalue and Education Centre Upgrade
Repair the roof and auditorium floor and associated works.
Yorkton, City of
City of Yorkton - Logan Green Pathway
Retrofit and upgrade an existing granular pathway to asphalt and install solar lights.
Total federal, provincial and proponent funding
Investing in Canada: Canada's Long-Term Infrastructure Plan
Investing in Canada Plan Project Map
Federal infrastructure investments in Saskatchewan
SOURCE Infrastructure Canada
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