Southwestern Ontario to get better water and wastewater infrastructure
By Corinne LyndsInfrastructure government wastewater water
OTTAWA – Fifteen new projects in southwestern Ontario have been approved under the Government of Canada’s Clean Water and Wastewater Fund. The federal government is providing up to 50 per cent of funding for these projects—$2,766,994. The provincial government is providing up to 25 per cent of funding, $1,383,497, and local municipalities will fund the remaining costs of these projects.
Thanks to this investment, residents of London will benefit from a project that will design and construct flood proofing measures at the Vauxhall Pollution Control Plant, needed to protect the plant against stormwater damage. The project will also relocate a surplus generator to the plant for emergency power protection. These types of projects are essential to keeping our waterways clean and our communities healthy and livable.
This investment is part of an agreement between Canada and Ontario for the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund.
“Investing in water and wastewater treatment infrastructure is essential to maintaining a healthy environment and providing access to clean, reliable drinking water. The Government of Canada is working with provinces, territories and municipalities across the country to support important projects like the flood proofing measures at the pollution control plant in London, which ensure that Canadian communities are healthy and sustainable now and for years to come,” said Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.
- 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 investment in hospitals, schools, public transit, roads, bridges, water and wastewater 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.
SOURCE Infrastructure Canada