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At a joint press conference in Toronto on September 13, 2017, the federal, provincial and municipal governments announced that the structural relining of watermain pipes in the city has been approved under the Government of Canada’s Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF).

The federal government is providing more than $7.5 million of total eligible costs to this $20 million project. The provincial government is providing more than $3.7 million of total eligible costs, with the City of Toronto funding the remaining $8.7 million of the project.

Thanks to this investment, residents of Toronto will benefit from a project that will clean and install a structural lining to the interior of 17 km of watermain pipes, in 29 locations across Toronto. This project will improve water pressure, flow and extend the service life of these watermains at less cost than replacement. This will ensure that Toronto residents will continue to have a clean and reliable source of drinking water.

This investment is part of an agreement between Canada and Ontario for the CWWF.

“Investing in water and wastewater treatment infrastructure is essential to maintaining a healthy environment and providing access to clean, reliable drinking water,” said Julie Dzerowicz, Member of Parliament for Davenport, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities . “The Government of Canada is working with provinces, territories and municipalities across the country to support important projects like upgrading watermain pipes in Toronto, which ensure that Canadian communities are healthy and sustainable now and for years to come.”

“The Government of Ontario is pleased to support this important project in Toronto,” added Cristina Martins, Member of Provincial Parliament for Davenport, on behalf of the Honourable Bob Chiarelli, Ontario Minister of Infrastructure. “We continue to invest in the kinds of infrastructure that keep our communities safe, provide reliable access to clean water, and protect our waterways.”

Quick facts

  • The Government of Canada will invest more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
  • $21.9 billion of this funding will support green infrastructure projects, including $5 billion that will be available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.
  • Ontario is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, public transit, roads and bridges in the province’s history. To learn more about what’s happening in your community, go to Ontario.ca/BuildON.
  • The City of Toronto has a $39.5 billion 10-year Capital Budget and Plan, which prioritizes investment in key city building initiatives that support Toronto’s growth and maintain infrastructure in a state of good repair.