Residents of three communities on Cape Sable Island will benefit from improved wastewater treatment thanks to a shared investment by the governments of Canada and Nova Scotia. The improvements in Newellton, Centreville and North East Point are being funded under the Communities Component of the Building Canada plan. The $4.2 million investment was announced today, March 31, in Centreville by Chris d’Entremont, Minister of Health, on behalf of Jamie Muir, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, and by Gerald Keddy, parliamentary secretary to the Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, on behalf of Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. “This project we are announcing today is a tangible result of the partnerships between our government and communities,” said Mr. d’Entremont. “By investing in projects like this, we are making an investment in a prosperous and greener future for Nova Scotia.” “This project reflects our government’s commitment to vibrant and strong communities in Nova Scotia and across Canada,” said Mr. Keddy. “This investment on Cape Sable Island, through the Building Canada plan, reflects our commitment to improving infrastructure and providing a cleaner environment in communities both large and small.” The government of Canada, the province of Nova Scotia and the municipality of Barrington are each contributing $2.1 million for the design and construction of a new water collection and treatment system for the communities. The project will mean about 375 households and 14 businesses will no longer depend on aging on-site sewage disposal systems. Their wastewater will be collected and treated at a state-of-the-art wastewater treatment facility. “It is great to get the go-ahead on this important project,” said Louise Halliday, warden of the municipality of the District of Barrington. “Delivering efficient wastewater services to the residents of Cape Sable Island is our number one priority.” In November the governments of Canada and Nova Scotia signed a framework agreement under Building Canada, which is the government of Canada’s $33 billion infrastructure plan that will support a growing economy, a cleaner environment and stronger communities. Through the framework agreement, the government of Canada is committing to a new investment of more than $634 million towards infrastructure needs in the province by 2014. Under the Communities Component of the Building Canada fund, the federal, provincial and municipal governments anticipate investing $111 million in infrastructure projects in communities of less than 100,000 across Nova Scotia by 2014.
A for sale sign displays a sold home in a development in Ottawa on July 6, 2015. Nearly one in five first-time homebuyers received help with a down payment from a family member, according to a survey conducted by the federal housing agency released Tuesday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick Nearly one in five first-time homebuyers received help with down payment: CMHC OTTAWA – Nearly one in five first-time homebuyers received help with a down payment from a family member, according to a survey conducted by the federal housing agency released Tuesday.Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. said 18 per cent of first-time buyers polled said they received a gift from a family member as part of their down payment. It was the first time CMHC included the question as part of its annual mortgage consumer survey.CMHC said first-time buyers who received some financial help with their down payment were less likely to find the process of getting a mortgage easy and straightforward.“First-time buyers who received a gift from family as part of their down payment were less comfortable than others with their current level of mortgage debt,” the agency said.The poll found sixty-three per cent of first time buyers who received help from family as part of their down payment were comfortable with their current level of mortgage debt compared with 73 per cent of those who did not receive a gift from family.“They were also less confident about knowing where to turn in the event that they run into financial trouble. Similarly, they were less likely to have other assets to supplement their needs should they run into financial trouble,” CMHC said.The survey comes amid concerns that record household debt is a key risk for the Canadian economy.The federal government has tightened mortgage lending rules several times in recent years, including expanding stress tests on mortgages.The poll found that just over half of buyers were aware of the latest mortgage qualification changes and about one in five noted that the latest changes affected their purchase decision.CMHC’s annual mortgage consumer survey was completed in March online and included 3,002 recent mortgage consumers.The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the population. by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 6, 2017 8:26 am MDT Last Updated Jun 6, 2017 at 1:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more