London, Niagara, York Region and Thunder Bay are among the communities to receive federal funding under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF) for projects ranging from water treatment, stormwater management and wastewater operations. The announcements were made on May 24.
York Region will see federal funding of more than $23 million, 50% of the estimated cost for the 29 projects approved. They include sewer rehabilitation, testing for phosphorus reduction at its Duffin Creek Wastewater plant and a watermain replacement.
Wayne Emmerson, chair of the board and CEO at the Regional Municipality of York, noted that the community’s Duffin Creek wastewater treatment plant is already among the best performing plants on Lake Ontario.
“This funding will help ensure we are continuing to provide much-needed services and support healthy, sustainable communities,” he said.
The City of London will get improvements to a watermain and stormwater infrastructure. The federal government is providing nearly $19 million in funding under its CWWF program.
“This funding speeds up the work we're doing to become one of the greenest Cities in Canada. This investment will help us address something we're all concerned about - sewage discharge in our river. It will also help prevent heart breaking and frustrating basement flooding for many Londoners,” said London Mayor Matt Brown.