OTTAWA, May 23, 2017 /CNW/ – The governments of Canada and Ontario are committed to investing in local infrastructure that ensures Canadians and their families have access to modern, reliable water and wastewater services that meet their needs. These investments safeguard the health and well-being of residents, protect waterways and preserve local ecosystems, while also laying the foundation for new economic opportunities to strengthen the middle class across the province.
David McGuinty, Member of Parliament for Ottawa South, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable Bob Chiarelli, Ontario Minister of Infrastructure and Member of Provincial Parliament for Ottawa West—Nepean, and His Worship Jim Watson, Mayor of the City of Ottawa, today announced that 18 new projects in Ottawa have been approved under the Government of Canada’s Clean Water and Waste Water Fund. The federal government is providing up to 50 per cent of funding for these projects—$30.2 million. The provincial government is providing up to 25 per cent of funding for these projects—$15.1 million, and the recipient will provide the balance of funding.
Thanks to this investment, residents of Ottawa will benefit from projects like a new stormwater management and snow disposal facility on West Brook Drive, upgrades to the Robert O. Pickard Environment Center Thickening and Dewatering Building, and a project to construct sanitary sewers and watermains in the Vanier area. These projects are essential to keeping our waterways clean and our communities healthy and livable.
In addition to these projects, $4.4 million in federal funding for 31 water and wastewater projects will benefit 16 other communities across Ontario.
This investment is part of an agreement between Canada and Ontario for the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund.