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Federal government announces funding for communities affected by coal transition

Several communities will receive support
Coal dragline near Estevan
The federal government has announced funding for communities affected by the transition from coal power.

REGINA - The Government of Canada, through  Prairies Economic Development Canada (PrairiesCan), is investing in communities affected by the transition from coal-generated power.

Since 2018, PrairiesCan, formerly Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD), has been working with communities in southeast and south-central Saskatchewan to target funding investments that build on regional strengths and encourage innovation.

Support is being provided to local and municipal governments, community organizations, and local educational institutions to assist communities, enabling residents to pursue their careers and continue to enjoy a high qualify of life for generations to come. To date, over $6 million has been invested in Saskatchewan communities.

Daniel Vandal, Federal Minister of Northern Affairs, Minister responsible for Prairies Economic Development Canada and Minister responsible for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, announced additional funding of $13,698,946 for 11 projects in Saskatchewan. These funds are being provided under the Canada Coal Transition Initiative (CCTI) and Canada Coal Transition Initiative – Infrastructure Fund (CCTI-IF), delivered through PrairiesCan in collaboration with Infrastructure Canada.

The projects announced today include:

The City of Estevan received $165,000 to produce a downtown area conceptual design plan and host public consultations.

The Rural Municipality of Coalfields received more than $3,022,011 to upgrade and pave a section of Primary Grid Road 605.

The Town of Coronach received $5,889,765 to replace waterlines and repair roads and sidewalks in Coronach's main business district; $213,000 to hire a manager to establish the Coronach Business Hub in partnership with Conexus Credit Union; $556,000 in additional funds for an existing project to support Coronach and region coal transition initiatives; and $65,000 in additional funds for an existing project to develop an economic analysis for tourism, agri-food and energy developments in Coronach.

The Town of Bengough received $261,900 to upgrade the campground to expand the tourism opportunities at Bengough Regional Park.

The Town of Rockglen received $2,140,000 to replace water and sewer infrastructure, as well as re-surface streets and build a retaining wall in the town's central business district.

Sunrise Community Futures Development Corporation received $361,270 to assist businesses in southeast Saskatchewan to create eCommerce platforms and strategies.

The Town of Willow Bunch received $75,000 to complete a municipal building assessment for potential business use.

The Rural Municipality of Willow Bunch received $950,000 to install water and sewer lines to and within the Jean Louis Legare Regional Park.