Better stormwater infrastructure for Cambridge residents

Eight new projects approved in seven communities

CAMBRIDGE, ON, July 19, 2017 /CNW/ - 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.

Bryan May, Member of Parliament for Cambridge, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable Kathryn McGarry, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry and Member of Provincial Parliament for Cambridge, on behalf of the Honourable Bob Chiarelli, Ontario Minister of Infrastructure, and His Worship Doug Craig, Mayor of the City of Cambridge, today announced that a new project in Cambridge has 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 this project—$536,000. The provincial government is providing up to 25 per cent of funding for this project, $268,000, and the City of Cambridge will fund the remaining costs of the project.

Thanks to this investment, residents of Cambridge will benefit from a project that will rehabilitate the Burnett Avenue Stormwater Management Pond. This will include sediment removal, vegetation management and the restoration of water control devices. This project will improve municipal services by ensuring that the facility has a capacity for water quantity and quality treatment that will meet the needs of the City. Projects such as this one are essential to keeping our waterways clean and our communities healthy and livable.

In addition to this project, over $1,254,623 in federal funding for seven water and wastewater projects will benefit six other communities in the area. The provincial government is providing $980,562 for these seven projects.

This investment is part of an agreement between Canada and Ontario for the 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 rehabilitating this stormwater management facility in Cambridge, which ensure that Canadian communities are healthy and sustainable now and for years to come."

Bryan May, Member of Parliament for Cambridge, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

"Building and maintaining high-quality water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure is an essential part of building livable communities. This announcement demonstrates the Province's commitment to partnering with municipalities in order to deliver the public infrastructure Ontarians need. I am pleased that these projects will contribute to enhanced quality of life in Cambridge and the Region of Waterloo for years to come."

The Honourable Kathryn McGarry, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry and Member of Provincial Parliament for Cambridge, on behalf of the Honourable Bob Chiarelli, Ontario Minister of Infrastructure

"The City of Cambridge is committed to implementing sustainable solutions that preserve environmental resources and support growth opportunities for our community. The investment in the Burnett Avenue stormwater pond will allow us to improve its functionality to better respond to adapting climate conditions, ensure a higher level of service to the community and provide a more attractive feature in the neighbourhood."

His Worship Doug Craig, Mayor of the City of Cambridge

Quick facts

  • 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.

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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

Twitter: @INFC_eng

Web: Infrastructure Canada

 

Backgrounder

Canada and Ontario announce funding for clean water and wastewater infrastructure projects in Ontario

Eight new projects approved in seven communities

A new list of water and wastewater projects has been approved under the Canada-Ontario Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF) agreement, which is designed to improve the safety and quality of water for Canadian families, while supporting a clean economy.

The Government of Canada is providing Ontario with over $569 million under CWWF, and will fund up to 50 percent of the eligible project costs. The provincial government is providing up to $270 million, and will fund up to 25 percent of total eligible project costs, and the recipients will fund the remaining costs of the projects.

As part of the bilateral agreement with Ontario, the following eight projects in seven communities have been approved for federal funding amounting to $1,790,623.

 

Location

Project Name

Federal Funding

Provincial Funding

Anticipated Start Date

City of Brantford

Braneida Park Phase IX Stormwater Management Pond (Facility ID 07F001DP) Sediment Removal and Clean Out

$154,867

$77,434

June 1, 2017

City of Brantford

Turtle Pond Stormwater Management Pond Sediment Removal and Clean Out

$267,256

$133,628

June 1, 2017

City of Cambridge

Stormwater Management Facility Rehabilitation (Restoration of Burnett Ave Stormwater Management Facility including removal of sediment and vegetation and restoration of inlet/outlet structures)

$536,000

$268,000

April 1, 2017

Hallebourg Local Service Board

Replacement of wastewater/sewer pipe on Jacques Street up to lagoon site

$50,000

$25,000

July 1, 2017

Township of Mapleton

Install six new watermain valves and rehabilitate two watermain valves within the Drayton water distribution system to address system deficiencies and improve operational flexibility 

$38,500

$19,250

May 1, 2017

Ontario: Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF)

Reduce Lake Erie phosphorus loading rehabilitating 8 wetlands as part of the regional stormwater conveyance and management system

$650,000

$650,000

April 1, 2017

Ontario: Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF)

Water System Upgrades at Rondeau Provincial Park Visitor Centre

$56,500

$56,500

April 1, 2017

Township of Puslinch

Study for the Implementation of a Municipal Drinking Water Well System and Associated Services

$37,500

$18,750

January 1, 2017

 

SOURCE Infrastructure Canada

For further information: Brook Simpson, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, 613-219-0149, brook.simpson@canada.ca; Katrina Kim, Media Contact, Government of Ontario, 416-327-7227, katrina.kim@ontario.ca; Susanne Hiller, Director of Corporate Communications, Office of the City Manager, City of Cambridge, (519) 740-4680 ext. 4831, hillers@cambridge.ca; Infrastructure Canada, 613-960-9251, Toll free: 1-877-250-7154, Email: infc.media.infc@canada.ca

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