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Lake Country’s Wastewater Treatment Plant Receives $4.1 Million for Major Upgrade

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Lake Country’s Wastewater Treatment Plant Receives $4.1 Million for Major Upgrade
Gas Tax Fund investment will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 225 tonnes per year

February 1, 2013

Lake Country, British Columbia – The District of Lake Country will receive $4.1 million from the Government of Canada through the Gas Tax Fund to upgrade its wastewater treatment plant.

“Infrastructure investments are an important driver of economic growth and job creation, and I am pleased that the new facility will help protect the environment and the health of Lake Country residents,” said Ron Cannan, Member of Parliament for Kelowna—Lake Country. “Our government is proud to invest in the upgrades to Lake Country’s wastewater facility to support the growing needs of the region for years to come.”

This project will integrate energy-efficient, green technology and the latest scientific advancements to increase the plant’s capacity. These steps will help ensure the plant can meet the current and future needs of the community, and protect the local environment.
“This important infrastructure upgrade project will advance public health and environmental protection throughout the region, and maintain the prosperity of the area for
residents and visitors,” said Mayor James Baker. “We are grateful for the investment and leadership provided by the Government of Canada and Province of British Columbia through the Gas Tax Fund.”

The $7-million project also includes $2.6 million from District reserves and borrowing. Of the $4.1 million from the federal Gas Tax Fund, $1.1 million is made available from the Regional District of Central Okanagan’s annual Gas Tax Fund allocation and $3 million is
from UBCM’s application-based program for capital projects. The project also includes an additional $300,000 from the Regional District of Central Okanagan’s reserves.

“This project is an outstanding model for the use of advanced, energy-efficient green technology at the local level,” said Norm Letnick for MLA Kelowna-Lake Country. “The B.C. government’s partnership with the federal government and the Union of BC Municipalities in the Gas Tax Fund is helping to put these types of key infrastructures in place to create healthier, more sustainable communities for British Columbians and their families.”

“When core services are at peak capacity, it limits opportunities for growth and development,” said UBCM President Mary Sjostrom. “I appreciate the support of the
federal government through the Gas Tax Fund for this upgrade to Lake Country’s wastewater system.”

Since 2006, the Government of Canada has made unprecedented investments in infrastructure. Through the Gas Tax Fund alone, municipalities across the country have
received over $10 billion in transfers for local priority initiatives. Making this fund permanent at $2 billion annually was part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan – a plan to
help create good jobs, economic growth and long-term prosperity. Between 2007 and 2014, British Columbia will receive more than $1.48 billion from the Gas Tax Fund to
improve local infrastructure. The Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) administers the Gas Tax Fund in BC, in collaboration with Canada and British Columbia.

For additional information about federal investments in infrastructure and to stay up-todate with Web feeds, visit www.infrastructure.gc.ca.

To find out what the Government of Canada is doing to promote jobs, growth and prosperity, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.

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For more information:
Genevieve Sicard
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities
613-991-0700

Stephen Banmen
Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Chief Administrative Officer
District of Lake Country
250-766-5650

Matt Gordon
Communications Director
Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development
250-953-3677

Paul Taylor
Relationships and Communications Advisor
UBCM
250-356-2938
Infrastructure Canada
613-960-9251
Toll free: 1-877-250-7154

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