Canada and Ontario invest in green infrastructure to support Curve Lake First Nation


Ontario Construction News staff writer

Canada and Ontario are partnering to fund green infrastructure projects including catch basin, road improvements at Curve Lake First Nation.

Funding will support the improvement of drainage along Mississauga Road in the community north of Peterborough to reduce flooding on community roads, protect houses, and support proper stormwater management.

The project involves rehabilitating drainage and enhancing traffic flow along 14.2 kilometres of Mississauga Road. The work will involve replacing two storm water catch basins and upgrading the road surface to improve water flow. The improved system will reduce the risk of storm water flooding by redirecting water run-off away from roads and people’s homes.

The Government of Canada is investing $580,902 in this project through the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada plan. The Government of Ontario is providing $141,972, while Curve Lake First Nation is contributing $51,662.

Through 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.

Ontario is investing $10.2 billion under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) to improve public transit; community, culture and recreation; green, and rural and northern community and other priority infrastructure.

“Investments that protect essential public infrastructure are key to building resilient communities. Improving Curve Lake First Nation’s catch basins and stormwater management system will help protect people and properties from flooding,” said Maryam Monsef, MP for Peterborough–Kawartha.

The Curve Lake community has also received $2.25 million for a detailed design of a water treatment and distribution system.

“We are excited to be able to proceed with the much-needed stormwater drainage upgrades and repairs. It is our hope that we will be able to secure the funding necessary to build a water treatment plant in the near future and these upgrades and repairs will put us in a better position to be able to build that treatment plant without delay. It is a positive sign that all levels of government have been able to come together to make these repairs possible,” said Chief Emily Whetung, Curve Lake First Nation.


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