REGINA — The Government of Saskatchewan has announced 244 projects representing more than $88.9 million of provincial funding through the Municipal Economic Enhancement Program (MEEP) have been approved.
Added to already approved MEEP projects, the total number is 741 with an investment to date of $127 million.
“MEEP is a key component of our government’s economic ‘booster shot,’ in light of these recent unparalleled times due to the pandemic. These provincial dollars will kick start ‘shovel-ready’ local projects and initiatives to support job creation and help keep Saskatchewan strong,” Saskatchewan Government Relations Minister Lori Carr said in a statement.
Recently approved projects for the City of Regina total $30.9 million for roof replacement, residential road renewal, energy monitoring and optimization infrastructure, an outdoor rink, Wascana Pool, the Municipal Justice Building, new sidewalks and a sidewalk conversion to a multi-use pathway and pavement markings.
For the City of Saskatoon, $35.5 million will be invested for city-wide paved roadways preservation, a downtown festival site, roadside safety improvements, neighbourhood traffic safety upgrades and city-wide sidewalk rehabilitation.
Approximately $2.3 million will go to the City of Swift Current for work on the Fairview Arena’s floor as well as replacement and rehabilitation of the Friesen Street storm line. The City of Yorkton will receive $2.3 million for roadway rehabilitation, a watermain replacement program, and revitalization of Broadway St. East.
The $150 million MEEP program was announced in May and is a key component of the Government of Saskatchewan’s $7.5 billion capital plan, a government release stated.
MEEP 2020 funding must be used by municipalities by March 31, 2022.