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Delta receives a combined investment of more than $6 million in Federal and Provincial funding

Aug 04, 2015

Last week, the Corporation of Delta and community organizations within Delta received a combined investment of more than $6 million in federal and provincial funding to support essential infrastructure upgrades and community programs.

On Thursday, July 30, 2015, the Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, P.C., Q.C., MP for Delta–Richmond East and Minister of National Revenue, on behalf of the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Environment, and the Honourable Pierre Poilievre, Minister of Employment and Social Development, announced a federal investment of $500,000 to the Corporation of Delta to rehabilitate the historic Delta Municipal Hall, under the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program.

Investing in the monuments of our past helps us move forward in our changing world with the comfort of knowing that these monuments will stand tall for generations to come, reminding us of who we are. This funding will not only support rehabilitation of the historic Municipal Hall building in Ladner Village, it will enrich the cultural life of our community, too,” said Mayor Lois E. Jackson. “On behalf of Delta Council, I commend Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification and our MP, Kerry-Lynne Findlay, for being advocates for Delta and recognizing the need for funding to preserve the heritage buildings in our community.”

Minister Findlay also announced investments of $48,451 to Bird Studies Canada, an investment of $40,000 to the Delta Farmland and Wildlife Trust under the Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk, and an investment of $364,636 to the Boys and Girls Club of South Coast BC to support the BGC On-Track Program, an initiative that equips Delta youth with the skills and experience to obtain employment and education.

On Friday, July 31, 2015, the Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, P.C., Q.C., MP for Delta–Richmond East and Minister of National Revenue, on behalf of the Honourable Todd Stone, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, announced $5.4 million in federal and provincial funding through the New Building Canada Fund for the 12th Avenue Storm Water Management Improvement Project, a major investment in critical stormwater management infrastructure for South Delta. The funding will be matched with a municipal contribution of $2.7 million for a total project cost of $8.1 million.

One of the most challenging issues facing governments at this time is ageing infrastructure and the critical need to replace, repair and enhance our roads, sewers and wastewater systems. To achieve this much-need infrastructure renewal, we need all levels of government working together to fund important projects like this one,” said Mayor Lois E. Jackson. “The investment at the provincial and federal level represents commitment to Delta and alleviates the tax burden on our taxpayers to fund the necessary upgrade of the pump station.”

The funding will enable Delta to replace the half-century-old pump station at Boundary Bay to enhance drainage for urban and agricultural uses, improve water quality, and provide additional capacity for new development. The project includes the construction of a new pump station, new storm sewer along Boundary Bay Road, and a stormwater wetland treatment facility that will filter out contaminants from stormwater and greatly improve the quality of water being discharged into the marine environment.