Local MLA Fraser welcomes over $64 million for wastewater treatment in Tofino and Cumberland

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PORT ALBERNI – New Democrat MLA Scott Fraser is welcoming over $64 million for wastewater treatment projects in Cumberland and Tofino, thanks to a partnership between all three levels of government.

“For far too long the needs of smaller communities have gone by ignored,” said MLA Fraser. “We’re taking a different approach. I’ve been calling for water system upgrades on the Island for decades, so I’m very pleased to deliver on this for people in my community.”

MLA Fraser said that his constituency of Mid Island-Pacific Rim will see more than $64 million in funding, over $21 million of which is being provided by the province. The new treatment system in Cumberland will upgrade the quality of the effluent, better protecting the downstream waterways of Maple Creek, the Trent River and ultimately Baynes Sound. Similarly, the new wastewater treatment plant and system upgrade in Tofino will improve and protect the local marine environment.

The funding is provided through the Environmental Quality stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program, an agreement between all levels of government to invest in new infrastructure that benefits British Columbians today and helps build a greener and healthier tomorrow.

Fraser added the New Democrat government is providing $80 million for 15 projects across the province to give communities the boost they need to bring clean water and wastewater systems in line with provincial and federal health standards.

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