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Canada and Ontario invest $29 million in 19 green infrastructure projects


Environment

July 5, 2021
By Maryam Farag


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The Government of Canada is investing over $16 million in 19 green infrastructure projects across Ontario through the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada plan.

The Government of Ontario is providing over $13 million, and municipalities are contributing over $14 million to their projects.

Among the projects announced is the rehabilitation and upgrade of the Forsythe West Stormwater Management Facility in Uxbridge. The existing stormwater pond will be modified to increase stormwater management capacity. This includes installing stormwater storage and infiltration tanks, new concrete pipes, maintenance holes, and new headwalls to direct water flow and protect roads and embankments from erosion.

In Larder Lake, funding will support phase 2 of the Larder Lake Road reconstruction project. The project includes replacing all damaged watermains, sections of sanitary sewer, repairing maintenance holes, and completing the rehabilitation of degraded infrastructure along 1.7 kilometres of Larder Lake Road.

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The project in Laurentian Hills will see upgrades to its wastewater treatment facility. Work includes the replacement of the sewage, clarifier and aeration equipment, and the relining of the grit channel. New components will be added to the facility including SCADA systems, a chlorine contact chamber, flocculants and coagulants, and additional sludge holding capacity.

“Green infrastructure, especially water infrastructure, is vital for community well-being and safety. Today’s investment in 19 green infrastructure projects across Ontario will support better water management systems, increase protection from flooding and other environmental threats, and help create more sustainable and modern water infrastructure for thousands of residents.” said Catherine McKenna, Minister, Infrastructure and Communities.

Additional investments include upgrades to drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater facilities and infrastructure, the replacement of old pipes, in addition to road, curbs, and sidewalk upgrades, and other improvements to existing water distribution systems.