The federal government and Saskatchewan are spending $6.8 million for 12 infrastructure projects across the province.
The funding will go toward replacing culverts and bridges across Saskatchewan that have reached the end of their service life.
“Rural bridges are key to the ability to efficiently move goods and services on the local transportation network. Replacing culverts reduces the risk of flooding, improves road conditions, and results in a more reliable rural road network,” the province said in a press release.
The Government of Canada is investing more than $1.1 million in these projects under the Rural and Northern Communities Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program, as well as a further $716,974 to four of the projects under the Gas Tax Fund, for a combined federal investment of over $1.8 million.
For projects requiring consultations with Indigenous groups, funding is conditional on all consultation requirements being met. The Government of Saskatchewan is also contributing over $2.2 million toward these projects. Contributions by recipients toward their respective projects are $2.7 million. Funding recipients are responsible for any additional project costs.
“This federal investment of more than $1.8 million will help replace bridges and culverts across Saskatchewan and allow our communities to build back better, while creating jobs and building stronger, more inclusive communities,” said Jim Carr, Minister and Special Representative for the Prairies “By working with our provincial partners, we’re delivering for rural communities in Saskatchewan, and across Canada.”
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