80 new projects approved in 10 communities
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.
Kyle Peterson, Member of Parliament for Newmarket—Aurora, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable Chris Ballard, Ontario Minister of Housing, Minister Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy, and Member of Provincial Parliament for Newmarket—Aurora, on behalf of the Honourable Bob Chiarelli, Ontario Minister of Infrastructure, and Wayne Emmerson, York Region Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, announced that 29 new projects in York Region 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—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.
In addition to these projects, over $27.6 million in federal funding for 51 water and wastewater projects will benefit nine other communities across Ontario.
This investment is part of an agreement between Canada and Ontario for the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund.
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.
Government of Canada’s $180-billion+ infrastructure plan in Budget 2017: http://www.budget.gc.ca/2017/docs/plan/chap-02-en.html#Toc477707375
Federal infrastructure investments in Ontario: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/on-eng.html
The Clean Water and Wastewater Fund: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/cwwf/cwwf-program-programme-eng.html.
Build ON 2017 Infrastructure Update: https://www.ontario.ca/page/buildon-2017-infrastructure-update