On May 23, the federal government of Canada and the provincial government of Ontario announced water infrastructure funding for 49 new projects, many of which include a focus on stormwater and green infrastructure.
Among these projects, 18 will be built in the City of Ottawa and have been approved under the Canadian government’s Clean Water and Wastewater Fund. The federal government is providing up to 50% of funding for these projects — $30.2 million. The provincial government is providing up to 25% of funding for these projects — $15.1 million. The recipients will provide the balance of funding.
“The City of Ottawa is pleased to receive infrastructure funding through the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund,” said Jim Watson, Mayor of the City of Ottawa. “This federal and provincial funding is critical to help Ottawa move forward on our long-term plans to protect and sustain the health of our local water systems. The funding will also advance a number of priority needs to modernize our existing water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure.”
In addition to these projects, $4.4 million in federal funding for 31 water and wastewater projects will benefit 16 other communities across Ontario. This investment is part of an agreement between Canada and Ontario for the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund.
The 2017 Canadian budget 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.