Canada, Ontario to invest in water projects


The governments of Canada and Ontario are planning to invest in local infrastructure to provide modern, reliable water and wastewater services for Canadians.

Safeguarding the health of residents, the investments will protect waterways and preserve local ecosystems.

The investments, which will be made in new projects in Waterloo, have been approved under the Government of Canada's Clean Water and Wastewater Fund.

Ontario Member of Provincial Parliament for Kitchener Centre Daiene Vernile said: "This year, we're providing almost $270m in water and wastewater infrastructure, including over $1m for nine projects in the City of Waterloo.

“We continue to invest in the kinds of infrastructure projects that keep our communities safe, provide reliable access to clean water, and protect our waterways."

Up to 50% of funding of $2.18m will be provided by the federal government, while the provincial government is providing up to 25%, $1.09m.

The remaining costs of the projects will be funded by the City of Waterloo.

As part of the projects, built up sediment will be eliminated to ensure that stormwater management facilities meet the Ministry of Environment's compliance standards.

City of Waterloo Mayor Dave Jaworsky said: "Increased maintenance of our stormwater management ponds is essential to reduce the chance of flooding, and adapt to climate change.

“We are delighted the governments of Canada and Ontario are making a substantial investment in Waterloo's infrastructure, and are supportive of our efforts to build a sustainable Waterloo."