The governments of Canada and Ontario are committed to ensuring that Canadians have access to modern and reliable water and wastewater services that meet their needs. Investments in water and wastewater infrastructure will result in cleaner and safer water for people to drink, protect waterways and preserve local ecosystems.
The Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of Democratic Institutions, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; the Honourable Monte McNaughton, Ontario Minister of Infrastructure; and Gary Carr, Halton Regional Chair, today announced two new projects in Halton Region under the Government of Canada’s Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF). The federal government is investing up to 50 per cent of funding for these projects—$4,029,412. The provincial government is providing over $2,014,706, and the Corporation of the Regional Municipality of Halton will provide the balance of funding.
These two projects will protect water services by insulating and lowering supply lines in Georgetown, Halton Hills, Acton, Oakville and Burlington. As a result, residents and local businesses will continue to have reliable, year-round access to clean water despite changing weather conditions.
In addition, $320,500 in federal funding for eight other water and wastewater projects will benefit six other communities across Ontario. The provincial government is providing $160,250 for these eight projects.
These investments are part of an agreement between Canada and Ontario for the CWWF.
“The Government of Canada recognizes that water and wastewater treatment infrastructure is essential to maintain a healthy environment and ensure a high quality of life for Canadians. Our investments in the Halton Region will enable residents to have reliable and year-round access to clean drinking water. These projects, and the others we’re announcing in Ontario today, ensure that our communities remain among the best places in the world to live, work and raise a family,” said the Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of Democratic Institutions, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.
“Smart infrastructure investments help residents in our biggest cities and smallest towns. We want to make life easier for people everywhere, including here in Halton, where these projects will help ensure residents continue to access clean water in their local homes and businesses year-round, regardless of the temperature. Thanks to these projects, water will be accessible and reliable for years to come,” said the Honourable Monte McNaughton, Ontario Minister of Infrastructure.
Gary Carr, Halton Regional Chair said: “On behalf of Regional Council, I would like to thank the federal and provincial governments for their investments in Regional infrastructure through the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund. These important infrastructure investments ensure residents continue to have access to reliable and high quality drinking water and a high quality of life.”
For the 10 projects announced today, the federal government is providing $4,349,912. The provincial government is providing $2,174,956 and the recipients will cover any remaining costs.
Through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, the Government of Canada is investing 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.
$26.9 billion of this funding is supporting green infrastructure projects, including $5 billion available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.
Ontario is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, public transit, roads and bridges in the province’s history.