January 21st will be the deadline to apply for a pair of infrastructure programs that enhance communities and help to keep Saskatchewan strong.

Online applications are now being accepted under both the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF), and the Provincial Territorial Infrastructure Component (PTIC) of the New Building Canada Fund.

“Improving, renewing and building local infrastructure improves the quality of life for our citizens by strengthening our water works, transportation systems and civic assets,” Harpauer said. “We look forward to receiving project applications so that we can move forward together with our partners to build an even better Saskatchewan.”

Eligible applicants can apply to both the PTIC and CWWF programs at the same time by submitting one application. If an applicant wishes a previous PTIC application to be considered, they will need to resubmit a new form to meet requirements.

West Central Online caught up with Keith Comstock, Assistant Deputy Minister for Municipal Relations & Northern Engagement, we asked him how they choose what communities receive the money.

"Essentially what we do is we try and make sure the projects match up well with the program parameters that Canada has indicated for them. Then we look at things like regional cooperation -- we really like it when more than one municipality are participating in a financial way on these projects. We're also looking for what's happening in the area -- what sort of population growth is going on, what sort of economic activity is happening. So there's probably ten or twelve different factors that go into the rating." 

The Provincial Territorial Infrastructure Component (PTIC) is a part of the New Building Canada Fund (NBCF). PTIC is divided into two sub-components; up to $9 billion Canada-wide in federal funding for National and Regional Projects (PTIC-NRP) and a minimum of $1 billion dedicated to projects located in communities of fewer than 100,000 residents through the Small Communities Fund (PTIC-SCF). PTIC will see $240.2 million in federal funding administered by the Ministry of Government Relations for eligible PTIC applicants. These projects are funded one-third each by the federal government, the provincial government and eligible recipients. This is the second intake of PTIC project applications.

The CWWF, announced in fall 2016, will see Saskatchewan receive $89.3 million in funding from the Government of Canada over two to three years during Phase One. The Government of Saskatchewan has committed to provide an additional $44.2 million for water, wastewater and storm water projects. Eligible project costs will be funded up to 50 per cent by the federal government and 25 per cent by the provincial government, with the eligible recipient responsible for the remaining costs.

"We really know that there's many communities that struggle with growth and the opportunities and challenges that presents to them, and we're also optimistic that this is going to be very helpful in lots of different places."

The application form, as well as information concerning program criteria and eligibility can be found at www.saskatchewan.ca/government/municipal-administration/funding-finances-and-asset-management/funding/nbcf.

More Local News

Infrastructure Work Beginning in Kindersley Tomorrow

Work on the sidewalks, gutters, and curbs of 6th Avenue in Kindersley will begin tomorrow. Select driveways on 6th Avenue could be temporarily inaccessible while the work is being done, but street…

Dr. Torr stresses importance of immunization

National Immunization Awareness Week is being recognized this week. For the week, the Health Regions are educating the public about the importance of receiving available vaccinations and the…

Passport to West Central Museums

Most museums in West Central will be opening their doors for the year in the next few weeks. Part of getting ready for the year includes having a Museum Workshop, which happened earlier this week.…

Construction Planned for Hwy 7 this Summer

Construction season is almost here in Saskatchewan. As soon as the poor weather conditions clear up, and workers are able, construction will commence on Highway 7 between Delisle and Vanscoy. The…

Parts of West Central Saskatchewan Hit With Snow

The 2017 calendar year is approaching the month of May, however, the weather sometimes does what it wants to do. Some areas in West Central Saskatchewan woke up on Thursday morning with a fair amount…

Country 104 at the Movies

The Sunset Theatre in Kindersley was the place to be last night for the Country 104 at the movies event. Families gathered in the theatre to watch the film Trolls, answer trivia questions, and win…

Eaton School Award Nomination Deadline Tomorrow

Tomorrow is the last day to submit nominations for the Town of Eatonia's Eaton School award, an annual celebration of an outstanding student. Anyone can nominate Eaton High School students in grades…

Rosetown & District Wheels for Wheels Hold Annual Meeting

The Rosetown & District Wheels for Wheels organization held their annual meeting on Monday night at the Rosetown Hospital Board Room. The Wheels for Wheels foundation's purpose is to help get anyone…

Busy Week for Kindersley Fire Department

The Kindersley Fire Department has had a busy week, and are still looking for volunteers. On Friday fire crews were dispatched to the 500 block of 4th Ave West in Kindersley because of a fire alarm…

Health Foundation Purchases Chest Compressor

The Rosetown and District Health Centre Foundation recently purchased a $14,000 chest compressor for the Rosetown Ambulance and EMS Services. This machines performs cardio-pulmonary resuscitation on…

Major Changes Coming to Catholic School System in Saskatchewan

The Catholic school system in Saskatchewan could lose thousands of students all over the province due to their religious beliefs. After a new law that is currently being reviewed and evaluated, all…

Kindersley to receive award for waste minimization

West central Saskatchewan's largest centre will be receiving an award for its exceptional waste minimization. The Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council plans to hand a 2017 Waste Minimization Award to…

Kindersley Blood Donor Clinic Helps Save Lives

Canadian Blood Services held a blood donor clinic at the Elks Hall in Kindersley on Monday. Canadian Blood Services had a quota of collecting 120 units of blood from 2:00 PM until 7:00 PM, and…

Kindersley Legion Members Honoured at Awards Night

The Kindersley Legion Annual Awards night was on Saturday at the Kindersley Legion Hall. The Legion holds the event every year to honour members who have given special service to the branch over the…

Council defeats motion for two hour parking

The discussion for reinstating parking on the northern side of Main Street has been defeated by Kindersley Town Council. At Monday evening's council meeting, a motion was brought forth to council for…

Kindersley, Kerrobert, and Eston Weekly RCMP Report

RCMP responded to 54 calls for service in the Town of Kindersley, the RM of Progress, the Town of Kerrobert, Dodsland, the RM of Kindersley, Plenty, Plato, Eatonia, and Major in the past week. The…

Grants given to local programs and projects

The Town of Kindersley is preparing to give community programs and organizations a boost with the Community Grant Program. Since 2013, the program has helped form a connection between town council…

Government Restoring Library Funding

Saskatchewan's voice was heard by the government over their concerns of the budget cuts to libraries. It was announced yesterday that the Government of Saskatchewan will be restoring funding to…

STARS Celebrates 5 Years

STARS, Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service, is celebrating it's 5th year running in Saskatchewan. Since 2012, over 4,000 missions to over 500 locations have been carried out by the air ambulance service.…

March sees most distracted driving tickets in Saskatchewan

Tickets were handed out by the hundreds during the month of March by law enforcement for distracted driving. 523 tickets were issued by police during the month; 82 tickets for driving without due…

DiscoverWestman.com is Westman's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Unity Volunteer Appreciation Dessert and Entertainment Night

01 May 2017 6:30 pm

Unity, St. Peter's Church, Unity

Kindersley Roller Derby Experience Night

01 May 2017 6:30 pm

Kindersley Curling Rink, Kindersley

Kindersley & District Arts Council Presents Jakes Gift

02 May 2017 8:00 pm

Norman Ritchie Community Centre, Kindersley

Rosetown UCW Coffe Party and Bake Sale

04 May 2017 9:30 am

Rosetown United Church, Rosetown

Eston CWL Spring Luncheon

05 May 2017 11:00 am

Eston Sacred Heart Kolazh, Eston

Outlook Mother's Day Trade & Craft Show

06 May 2017 10:00 am

Outlook Heritage Centre, Outlook

Biggar Saturday Night Dance Club "Len Gadica"

06 May 2017 8:00 pm

Biggar Communty Hall, Biggar