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Canada and Manitoba invest $212.8 m to upgrade the North End Sewage Treatment Plant in Winnipeg

  • Canada and Manitoba invest $212.8 m to upgrade the North End Sewage Treatment Plant in Winnipeg

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Investments in local infrastructure by the governments of Canada and Manitoba during this unprecedented time stimulate the economy and address the needs of communities as they recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Investments in modern and reliable water and wastewater infrastructure foster healthy and resilient communities, protect the environment, and support sustainable development and growth.

Today, the Honourable Daniel Vandal, Minister for Northern Affairs and Member of Parliament for Saint-Boniface–Saint Vital, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; Terry Duguid, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South; the Honourable Reg Helwer, Minister of Central Services, the Honourable Derek Johnson, Minister of Municipal Relations, the Honourable Sarah Guillemard, Minister of Conservation and Climate and His Worship Brian Bowman, Mayor of Winnipeg, announced funding for the North End Sewage Treatment Plant, in Winnipeg. They were accompanied by Kevin Lamoureux, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg North and the Honourable Cathy Cox, Minister of Sport, Culture and Heritage and Member of the Legislative Assembly for Kildonan-River East.

Commissioned in 1937, the North End Sewage Treatment Plant is Winnipeg's oldest and largest sewage treatment plant, processing 70 percent of the city's wastewater. Given the city’s continuous growth as well as enhanced environmental protections, the plant must now be upgraded to increase its capacity to treat and manage wastewater and storm water.

The North End Sewage Treatment Plant’s Headworks Facilities project is a key step in improving the health of Lake Winnipeg, one of Manitoba’s greatest treasures

The North End Sewage Treatment Plant’s Headworks Facilities project is a key step in improving the health of Lake Winnipeg, one of Manitoba’s greatest treasures. The project will include the addition of new raw sewage pumps, plate screens, grit washing units as well as other improvements to extend the plant’s service life, support population and economic growth, and contribute to building a stronger, cleaner, and more environmentally sustainable community.

Additional environmental considerations were incorporated into this project. For example, the use of standby pumps that can support the capacity of extreme flow conditions, planting vegetation and other windbreaks in critical areas, and installing monitoring systems to monitor odors and additional off-gassing during hot temperatures.

The Government of Canada is investing more than $116.1 million in this project through the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. The Government of Manitoba is providing over $96.7 million, and the City of Winnipeg is contributing over $143 million.

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