Investing in Our Future
A number of strategic regional investments have been made to to help companies grow their business. Some of these investments were made to create accessibility to high quality water and also adequate waste disposal options.
A extensive piped rural water distribution system from a designated rural area in the Municipality of Gilbert Plains was expanded to include the urban centres for the Municipalities of Grandview and Gilbert Plains. This was a significant opportunity for the communities to work together and provided an opportunity for the communities to lower infrastructure costs.
Residents and businesses located outside the towns and who are not participating in the rural water distribution program use either private wells or truck water in from the municipal water filling stations. Water hookups may also be negotiated for potential users that are close to municipal boundaries. For additional information about the rural water lines, contact the Municipality of Gilbert Plains at (204) 548-2326 or the Municipality of Grandview at (204) 546-5250.
RM of Dauphin and City of Dauphin share a water treatment facility at the foot hills of the Riding Mountain National Park. Two water co-op’s are established to service two subdivisions in the RM in addition to servicing the City of Dauphin
The municipalities investigated and completed a background study for a centrally located regional integrated waste management project. The purpose of the project was to establish the current baseline and to review environmental options for the residential, commercial, industrial and institutional waste. The 11 landfills across the municipalities were developed 30 to 50 years ago and are at various stages in their life cycle. With many experiencing environmental strains and with PARC actively investigating opportunities for processing and manufacturing it was an important infrastructure, especially if a business required an environmental assessment. By working together, the municipalities were able to share in the planning and development of the existing site that was completed in 2012. The municipalities are additionally planning for the future needs of the communities.
Lower Energy and Transportation Costs
Hydro electricity rates are the most competitive in North America when comparing power, voltage, consumption and load of major centres. For current hydro electricity rates see: www.hydro.mb.ca
The main Trans-Canada Pipeline runs south of PTH #5 along the communities of Dauphin, Gilbert Plains, Grandview, Hillsburg and Roblin. Natural gas distribution is available across the greater PARC region. Natural gas is currently not available in Ethelbert, however the municipality is to assist with negotiating service. For current natural gas rates see www.hydro.mb.ca
The Province of Manitoba is committed to upgrading highways that are important to the economy and residents in the region. Highway improvement projects are scheduled on all major highways in the region in 2014.
Keeping You Connected
Telecommunication companies in the region have made investments to increase services, such as broadband, shared cellular towers, fibre optics and digital services. The commitment from these businesses means the region can stay competitive.
RioNET – is a local wireless internet provider who has proven experience with installing services for businesses, residents and cottage owners in various rural locations. Visit their website at www.rionet.ca
Manitoba Telecom Services (MTS) – MTS is Canada’s third-largest national communications provider. Services to national business customers includes; LAN lines, high-speed internet and data, fibre optics, wireless, directory, digital television, security and alarm monitoring services. Visit their website at www.mts.mb.ca
Allstream – is a division of MTS and provides business customers with integrated voice, data, internet and e-business communication services.
Group Telecom – is a Bell Canada Company that provides data, internet and voice solutions to small and medium sized businesses in Western Canada and to more than 80 major cities in North America. Visit their website at www.bell.ca
I-Netlink – The Parkland Telecommunications Network (PTN) provides wireless broadband services to the greater Parkland region through I-Netlink. Visit their website at www.inetlink.ca