Speaking notes for Phase One of Upgrades to the Brockville Water Pollution Control Centre Completion Ceremony

November 02, 2012

Good morning.

I am delighted to be back in Brockville to celebrate the recent completion of significant upgrades to this facility, which will truly make a difference for the environment and for Brockville residents.

I was on-hand at the initial funding event back in the summer of 2007, and I am especially proud to see this important project come full circle.

Friends, this project demonstrates perfectly what we can accomplish when different levels of government work together to protect the environment and safeguard the St. Lawrence.

A new secondary treatment process and holding facilities to accommodate private septic systems means less pollution entering the River.

These upgrades have also improved the capacity and efficiency of the facility, which will help reduce the impact of wastewater on aquatic life and the surrounding environment.

I recognize the importance of protecting our world-renowned waterways… because these waterways are part of our Canadian way of life.

That’s why I’m very pleased to announce today that our Government will also support the second phase of this project, which will upgrade the primary force main that leads to the wastewater treatment plant, as well as the associated pumping station.

Work on the second phase could begin as early as next September.  And once completed, the project as a whole will support Canada’s commitment to the Canada-United States Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.

Our Government is proud to be investing up to $22.9 million toward these upgrades through the Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund.

In addition, the City of Brockville is benefitting from a $4-million federal loan and a $400,000-grant through the Green Municipal Fund.

I am pleased that this project has already created local jobs and boosted the economy here in Brockville.

Our government’s number one priority remains completing the economic recovery, and investing in infrastructure is just one of the ways we are working to encourage growth and support your community.

All told, our government is providing the largest investment in infrastructure in Canadian history.

Today, I am pleased to tell you that thanks to Canada’s Economic Action Plan and our sound fiscal policies, the Canadian economy has achieved the best performance on jobs and growth among G-7 countries, creating almost 822,000 net new jobs since July 2009.

We are proud of our record on job creation, and we will build on our accomplishments by investing in good local projects like the one we are celebrating today.

Ladies and gentlemen, these infrastructure upgrades will ensure that Brockville continues to be a great place to live, work, visit and raise a family – today and for future generations.

Thank you for having me here today to celebrate this important milestone!