Canada, B.C. agree on water and wastewater upgrades
October 3, 2016 By Ground Water Canada
Victoria – The governments of Canada and British Columbia have signed a bilateral agreement that will make more than $450.1 million in combined funding available under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF).
The federal government is providing up to half of this funding, amounting to more than $225 million for projects while the provincial government will invest more than $148.5 million, allowing local governments to contribute only 17 per cent instead of the typical 33 per cent. This funding represents the largest local government infrastructure program in over 15 years in British Columbia, the province announced in a news release.
Also announced was an initial list of 35 approved projects under the CWWF. The list includes important work to construct a water filtration plant at the Arbutus Treatment Plant in Ladysmith that will give residents access to clean and reliable drinking water, replace the aging 5th Avenue water tower in Burns Lake, and replace various lift stations in West Vancouver.
The application intake opened following the signing of the agreement between the federal government and British Columbia on Sept. 30, 2016. Intake will close on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016. More information and applications can be found at: www.gov.bc.ca/cleanwaterwastewaterfund.
The agreement is part of Phase 1 of the $120 billion, 10-year Investing in Canada plan and is the final agreement to be signed with provinces and territories.
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