Canada and Ontario have announced funding for clean water and wastewater infrastructure projects across 10 communities. 80 water and wastewater projects has been approved under the Canada-Ontario Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF) agreement, which is designed to improve the safety and quality of water for Canadian families, while supporting a clean economy.
The Government of Canada is providing Ontario with over $569 million under CWWF (up to 50 percent of the eligible project costs). The provincial government is providing up to $270 million (up to 25 percent of total eligible project costs). The recipients will provide the balance of funding.
“Investing in water and wastewater treatment infrastructure is essential to maintaining a healthy environment and providing access to clean, reliable drinking water,” said Kyle Peterson, Member of Parliament for Newmarket—Aurora. “The Government of Canada is working with provinces, territories and municipalities across the country to support important projects like those in York Region, which ensure that Canadian communities are healthy and sustainable now and for years to come.”
29 new projects in York Region have been approved under the CWWF. The federal government is providing up to 50 per cent of funding for these projects (over $23.2 million). The provincial government is providing up to 25 per cent of funding for these projects—over $11.6 million of total eligible costs, and the Regional Municipality of York will provide the balance of funding.
Thanks to this investment, York Region residents will benefit from projects like the rehabilitation of the York-Durham sewer on 16th Avenue, field testing for phosphorus reduction at the Duffin Creek Wastewater Plant, and the replacement of a ductile iron watermain that services residents and businesses. These projects are essential to keeping our waterways clean and our communities healthy and livable.
“Building and maintaining high-quality water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure is an essential part of building livable communities,” said the Honourable Chris Ballard, Ontario Minister of Housing, Minister Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy, and Member of Provincial Parliament for Newmarket—Aurora. “This announcement demonstrates the Province’s commitment to partnering with municipalities in order to deliver the public infrastructure Ontarians need. I am pleased that these projects will contribute to enhanced quality of life in York Region and its communities for years to come.”
• The Government of Canada will provide more than $180 billion in infrastructure funding over 12 years for public transit, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, transportation that supports trade, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
• Budget 2017 proposes $21.9 billion for investments for green infrastructure. This amount includes $5 billion that will be available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.
• The Government of Ontario is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, public transit, roads and bridges, and water and wastewater infrastructure in the province’s history – more than $190 billion in public infrastructure over 13 years, starting in 2014–15. To learn more about what’s happening in your community, go to Ontario.ca/BuildON.