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Better water and wastewater treatment for Niagara Region residents
38 new projects approved in 10 communities
St. Catharines, Ontario, May 24, 2017—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.
Vance Badawey, Member of Parliament for Niagara Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, James Bradley, Member of Provincial Parliament for St. Catharines, on behalf of the Honourable Bob Chiarelli, Ontario Minister of Infrastructure, and [municipal rep name and title], today announced that five new projects in Niagara Region have been approved under the Government of Canada’s Clean Water and Waste Water Fund. The federal government is providing up to 50 percent of funding for these projects— over $4.8 million. The provincial government is providing up to 25 percent of funding for this project—just over $2.4 million, and the municipality of Niagara Region will provide the balance of funding.
Thanks to this investment, residents of Niagara Region will benefit from projects like signficant upgrades to water and wastewater treatment plants in Niagara Falls, St. Catharines, and Port Colborne. Funding will go towards helping the water and wastewater treatment plants meet environmental compliance by replacing aging equipment and providing on-site improvements where needed. These projects are essential to keeping our waterways clean and our communities healthy and livable.
In addition to these projects, $11.4 million in federal funding for 33 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.
“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 those in Niagara Region, which ensure that Canadian communities are healthy and sustainable now and for years to come.”
Vance Badawey, Member of Parliament for Niagara Centre,
on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
“I’m pleased that our government is continuing its commitment to municipalities and communities. Today’s announcement for the Clean Water Waste Water program is a key investment for St Catharines and Niagara. With $2.47 million going to St Catharines and over $14 million total dedicated to communities across Niagara. The announcement of today’s funds will have a direct impact on middle class families’ helping to stabilize property taxes and water rates”
Chris Bittle, Member of Parliament for St. Caharines
“Building and maintaining high-quality water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure is an essential part of building livable communities. 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 St. Catharines and surrounding communities for years to come.”
James Bradley, Member of Provincial Parliament for St. Catharines,
on behalf of the Honourable Bob Chiarelli, Ontario Minister of Infrastructure
“Updgrades and repairs to important water and wastewater infrastructure will enable Niagara Region to continue the delivery of safe drinking water and protect the environment across our region. Working with our federal and provincial partners, these investments ensure that our infrstrucuture is ready to support continued growth throughout Niagara.”
Alan Caslin, Niagara Regional Chair
- 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 ca/BuildON.
Backgrounder – Canada and Ontario announce funding for clean water and wastewater infrastructure projects across Ontario
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
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
Government of Ontario
905-980-6000 ext. 3742