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Better water and wastewater treatment for Ottawa residents

44 new projects approved in 16 communities in Eastern Ontario

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.

Mona Fortier, Member of Parliament for Ottawa—Vanier, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Nathalie Des Rosiers, Member of Provincial Parliament for Ottawa—Vanier, on behalf of the Honourable Bob Chiarelli, Ontario Minister of Infrastructure, and His Worship Jim Watson, Mayor of the City of Ottawa, today announced that 21 new projects in Ottawa 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—more than $15.8 million. The provincial government is providing up to 25 per cent of funding for these projects, over $7.9 million, and the City of Ottawa will provide the balance of funding.

Thanks to this investment, residents of the City of Ottawa will benefit from a water and sewer renewal project between Lavergne Street and Ste Cecile Road in Vanier, which will reduce the risk of flooding and better protect the property and livelihood of local residents. Funding will also go towards replacing aging equipment to increase the efficiency and reliability of municipal water and wastewater treatment plants. These projects are essential to keeping our waterways clean and our communities healthy and livable.

In addition to these projects, over $2.5 million in federal funding for 23 water and wastewater projects will benefit 15 other communities across Ontario. The provincial government is providing over $1.9 million for these 23 projects.

This investment is part of an agreement between Canada and Ontario for Clean Water and Wastewater Fund.

Quotes

“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 the City of Ottawa, which ensure that Canadian communities are healthy and sustainable now and for years to come.”

Mona Fortier, Member of Parliament for Ottawa—Vanier, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

“The Government of Ontario is pleased to support these important projects in Ottawa. We continue to invest in the kinds of infrastructure that keep our communities safe, provide reliable access to clean water, and protect our waterways.”

Nathalie Des Rosiers, Member of Provincial Parliament for Ottawa—Vanier, on behalf of the Honourable Bob Chiarelli, Ontario Minister of Infrastructure

“The City of Ottawa is very pleased to have been successful with the projects approved today under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund. Thanks to our federal and provincial partners, these infrastructure investments will ensure access to modern, reliable water and wastewater services for Ottawa residents, and will protect the health of our local water systems.”

Jim Watson, Mayor of the City of Ottawa

Quick facts

  • The funding announced today is in addition to the projects announced for the City of Ottawa on May 23, 2017, which received over $45 million in joint federal-provincial funding under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund. When combined, the City is receiving more than $69 million for 39 projects.
  • 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

Associated links

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

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