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Canadian government and Manitoba announce $73M investment in wastewater system in Winkler and Stanley area

Investing in the expansion of wastewater infrastructure in this region will enable continued economic growth in an environmentally sustainable manner.

June 25, 2021  by CM Staff

WINKLER — On June 25, representatives from the governments of Canada and Manitoba announced funding for Phase 1 upgrades to the regional wastewater treatment system in the City of Winkler and the Rural Municipality of Stanley. The announcement was attended by Terry Duguid, MP for Winnipeg South, on behalf of Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; Reg Helwer, Minister of Central Services; Cameron Friesen, Minister of Justice and MLA for Morden-Winkler; and Martin Harder, Mayor of Winkler.

This project, the first of two phases, consists of building a new mechanical wastewater treatment facility in Winkler, retrofitting the first of two existing lagoon cells, and adding two lift stations in Stanley. Approximately 45 kilometres of linear piping will be added to connect two additional communities—Schanzenfeld and Reinfeld—to the region’s wastewater treatment system. Once completed, the full system will meet both federal and provincial environmental requirements, and provide increased regional capacity for wastewater treatment.

Driven by strong industrial, commercial and agricultural economies, the Winkler-Stanley-Morden region is one of the fastest-growing areas in Manitoba. Investing in the expansion of wastewater infrastructure in this region will enable continued economic growth in an environmentally sustainable manner.

The Government of Canada is investing more than $25.2 million in this project through the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. The Government of Manitoba is providing over $21 million, and the municipalities of Winkler and Stanley are contributing $27.2 million combined.

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“Investing in essential public infrastructure is key to building healthy, vibrant and resilient communities. The Winkler-Stanley-Morden wastewater treatment project will ensure residents benefit from safe and reliable services while increasing capacity in the region for current and future development. Canada’s infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs across the country, and builds cleaner, more inclusive communities.” said Daniel Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs and MP for Saint Boniface–Saint Vital.

“Today’s announcement of funding for this vital project represents years of work and collaboration between provincial and municipal partners. This region of Manitoba continues to expand rapidly, fueled by good jobs, a strong manufacturing sector, and excellent quality of life. We take a great satisfaction in the official approval of this project and this investment in critical infrastructure provides the foundation for years and years of strong growth.” said Cameron Friesen, Minister of Justice and Attorney General and MLA for Morden-Winkler.