By Marianne Curtis
Provencher MP Vic Toews has spent a portion of the summer visiting communities throughout the riding checking on projects that have received stimulus funding from the federal government.
For the past year or so, communities across Provencher have benefited from unprecedented infrastructure investments by the federal government. Those investments have been focused on economic and social renewal.
“I have had the pleasure of attending the opening ceremonies of projects, some of which received federal approval only months ago,” Toews added. “I look forward to seeing more of these worthy projects come to fruition in the coming months.”
While the projects funded across Provencher are too numerous to list, Toews stressed that each project is important for rural communities.
“These projects range from improvements at hockey and curling rinks to vital improvements to the drinking water in rural communities that so desperately need it,” stated Toews. “These improvements are a welcome addition to communities that have struggled with failing infrastructure.”
The federal government has funding projects throughout the region under four different programs. The Building Canada Fund is helping to improve water and wastewater facilities in New Bothwell, Lorette, Kleefeld, Ile Des Chênes and Steinbach.
Infrastructure Stimulus funding means there will be a new bridge over the Lenchuk Creek in the RM of Reynolds and the Recreational Infrastructure Canada Program means that residents in Lorette, St. Pierre, St. Malo and many other communities will see improvements to recreational complexes in their areas.
Communities like Vita are seeing an Investment through the Community Adjustment Fund which will help lessen the blow of the economic downturn.
“The projects funded across south-eastern Manitoba are too numerous to list them all, and as with all government programs, the number of applications received far outweighed the amount that could be funded,” noted Toews. “I look forward to seeing as many of these new projects as I can, and to joining in the celebration that renewal brings.”
Toews noted that while the number of applications exceeded the amounts being funded, the projects have been spread out to help as many communities as possible. Value of the projects being funded range from a few thousand dollars to several million.