Federal, provincial and municipal funding for the project was announced on Friday, December 18. As part of the improvements, about 450 metres of new storm sewer will be installed, while another 250 metres of undersized sewer would be replaced. An additional 450 metres of watermain would be installed and 450 metres of sanitary sewer would be relined, while fire hydrants, valves, manholes and catch basins for storm water run-off would be built.
The federal government contributed $1,223,532 to the project as part of the Green Infrastructure Scheme of the Investing in Canada plan. The Ontario government would provide about $1,019,508, and $830,947 and $375,673 would come from Champlain Township and the United Counties of Prescott and Russell respectively.
Glengarry-Prescott-Russell MP Francis Drouin, who announced the project on behalf of Infrastructure and Communities Minister Catherine McKenna, said the project would provide sustainable infrastructure and help create jobs during construction. “These important upgrades to wastewater and storm water management systems will help keep the residents of L’Orignal safe and healthy while better protecting the environment,” he said.
Champlain mayor Normand Riopel said the township was excited about the news of the funding for the long-awaited project. “The well-being of our residents is essential and getting this help from the provincial and federal government shows how important this is,” he said. “This funding will help the growth of our township and also improve the infrastructure already in place.”
The date the project would commence had not yet been announced, nor had details on the length of the period of construction. United Counties of Prescott and Russell warden Stéphane Sarrazin said the financial support would benefit the wider region environmentally. “The improvement of our wastewater and storm water management systems is essential to our residents’ ability to work and reside here, and this protection of our local waterways is a critical upgrade to our region,” he said.
“The Champlain community can look forward to improved stormwater system and new fixtures like fire hydrants, manholes and catch basins,” Stormont—Dundas—South Glengarry MPP Jim McDonell said while representing provincial infrastructure minister Laurie Scott.