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New federal infrastructure money for P.E.I communities welcomed

Malpeque MP Wayne Easter, left, speaks with Kinkora Coun. Robert Duffy, centre, and federal Infrastructure Minister François-Philippe Champagne, Thursday afternoon.
Malpeque MP Wayne Easter, left, speaks with Kinkora Coun. Robert Duffy, centre, and federal Infrastructure Minister François-Philippe Champagne, Thursday afternoon. - Colin MacLean

KINKORA

Looking over his community’s wastewater lagoon Robert Duffy breaths a sigh of relief.

The community has spent millions dollars over the past number years to improve their sewage and wastewater treatment systems.

It all works just fine now, but a few years back the system was becoming dicey.

“It was major for the community. We had residents having sewer blocks four or five times a year that the community had to pay for. We didn’t have the money to upgrade the system,” said Duffy.

Kinkora, which only has 339 residents, was able to afford to pay for the improvements thanks to funding from the federal and provincial governments.

“Without tapping into that infrastructure money the project wouldn’t have been able to go ahead,” he said.

Duffy recently gave a tour and overview of the community’s wastewater improvements to Malpeque MP Wayne Easter and federal Infrastructure Minister François-Philippe Champagne.

Champagne and Easter were on the Island Thursday to announce a new $366 million, over ten years, infrastructure fund for P.E.I. Projects that receive funding under this program will be cost shared by the municipality, province and federal government.

Duffy said the community already has some priorities it intends to apply to the new program for, including a new subdivision it hopes to develop.

Colin.MacLean@JournalPioneer.com

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