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Liberals stick to Newfoundland and Labrador municipal capital works plan

Premier Dwight Ball provides an update on the new acute hospital during a press conference on the 10th floor of the Sir Richard Squires Building on Friday morning.
Premier Dwight Ball - Dave Kearsey

Premier and minister issue pre-budget spending announcement

Newfoundland and Labrador’s financial challenges were front and centre at a pre-budget announcement in St. John’s Wednesday morning.

Speaking about $10.6 million being set aside by the province for capital works spending in municipalities in 2018-19, Premier Dwight Ball mentioned the “challenging fiscal situation” and a need for the government to spend wisely.

The Liberals’ announcement showed essentially a steady hand at the tiller, with the money being part of the three-year, $100-million spending plan for cost-shared municipal capital works announced a year ago.

The provincial funding will be added to municipal cash, for a total of roughly $16.2 million in newly approved projects, in 48 communities.

The projects mainly cover upkeep, additions and investigations for water and wastewater infrastructure (after a new emphasis placed on those essential projects by the provincial and federal government), but there are also contributions to road upgrades, town and fire hall repairs, work on the Burnt Islands causeway, breakwater upgrades in Point Au Gaul and even an ice plant for the town arena in Cox’s Cove.

He acknowledged there is an ongoing provincial infrastructure deficit, but gave credit to municipalities for setting aside their share of money required to leverage federal dollars for larger projects, to look toward bringing the demands down over time.

The next provincial budget is coming on Tuesday, March 27. Ball was asked about any particular themes and generally what might be expected.

“You can expect, from any government that I lead, steady as she goes. Stability. Discipline when it comes to fiscal management, but always finding ways to invest in our communities,” he said.

There was vocal appreciation from both Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador president Tony Keats and Jim Organ, executive director of the Heavy Civil Association of Newfoundland and Labrador, for the province’s willingness to address capital works spending.

Keats said there has been a change for the better in what municipalities are pursing and the relationship with the government to get there.

“We know where the money needs to go. So every dollar that we get, we put it where it needs to go and not into foolish infrastructure stuff,” he said.

At the same time, he said, there is still an estimated billion dollars in infrastructure work required in municipalities over the next 10 years. It’s necessary infrastructure. It’s water and sewer. It’s clean drinking water. He noted towns are continuing discussions with the federal government as they fall short of new wastewater regulations or are challenged by the costs for required wastewater monitoring.

Municipal Capital Works: 2018-2019

The complete list of planned, cost-shared projects under the provincial Municipal Capital Works program is as follows:



Project Value

Provincial Contribution

Municipal Contribution


Watermain Extension - Steele Ave





Hydrants and Water/Sewer Extensions





Alternate Power Supply Emergency Operating Center/Town Hall




Bird Cove

Waterline Upgrade - Big Droke




Burnt Islands

Upgrade Causeway




Change Islands

Roof Repairs for Community Centre




Chapel Arm

Water and Sewer Feasibility Study




Conception Harbour

Road upgrading and repaving





Firehall Extension




Cox's Cove

Ice plant for Town Arena




Deer Lake

Water Study (Water Filter)





Fire Pump and Automatic Backwashing System Upgrade




Forresters Point

Water System Phase 1A





Upgrades To Fire Hall/Town Hall





Fire Hall - Early Design Initiative




Harbour Main-Chapel's Cove-Lakeview

New Flow Limiting/Meter Building




Humber Arm South

Sewer System Study - John's Beach




L'Anse au Clair

Community Centre/Town Office/Fire Hall





Power House Road Water & Sewer System Extension & Upgrading




Little Bay (Notre Dame Bay)

Water System Pump Upgrades




Massey Drive

Sanitary Sewer Lift Station Emergency Power Generators





Municipal Equipment Storage Garage





Sanitary Sewer Investigation




Milltown-Head of Bay d'Espoir

Water/Sewer Upgrading and repairs to road




Ming's Bight

Portable water dispensing unit




Musgrave Harbour

Lift station upgrade





Nain Water/Sewer Chamber Separation




North River

2018 Street Paving




North West River

Local Roads Resurfacing




North West River

Little Lake Sewage Lift Stations Retrofit




Petty Harbour - Maddox Cove

Water Valve Replacements in Petty Harbour - Maddox Cove




Point au Gaul

Breakwater Upgrades




Port au Port East

Emergency Generators




Random Island West

New Fire Halll




Robert's Arm

Storm Water Infiltration Investigation




Seal Cove (White Bay)

Chlorination System Upgrades




Small Point-Adam's Cove-Blackhead-Broad Cove

Completion of New Firehall




Southern Harbour

Construction of New Town Office, Fire Hall, and Community Centre




Spaniard's Bay

Emergency Backup Generator - Chlorination Plant




St. George's

Extension To Fire Hall




St. Joseph's

Paving Local Roads




St. Lunaire - Griquet

Disaster Mitigation Study - White Cape Harbour





Well Field Back-up Generator





Conduct Well Drilling and Water Testing - Phase 2





Fire Hall Extension





Street Paving





Park Road Water and Sewer Extension




Upper Island Cove

Recreation Centre Backup Generator




West St. Modeste

Electrical Fund Overrun




Witless Bay

New Regional Fire Station Feasibility Study








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