Federal and provincial grants may make water main upgrades in Sturgeon Falls possible
Applying to ICIP may give the municipality the necessary funds to move forward on water infrastructure project from Holditch to King.
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West Nipissing may be able to complete water main upgrades from Holditch Street through to King Street in Sturgeon Falls.
It’s all thanks to the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP).
The program allows municipalities to cost-share projects with the federal and provincial governments.
During the first round of funding applications, municipalities submitted projects with roads and bridges themes.
This latest round is billed as the Green Stream where the focus is to improve water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure.
Last year the municipality tendered the next phase of the project but the bids exceeded the municipality’s budget to complete the project in 2019.
However, the Green Stream funding under ICIP has made it possible to continue the project.
Staff told council it can apply for project funding and thanks to the cost-sharing, the municipal share for the upgrades is about $280,000.
Staff says although the original goal was to advance the project last year, higher-than-expected costs prevented that, but the money remains in place to do the work this year assuming ICIP approves the application.