Ontario Announces New Investment to Improve Drinking Water Quality
Ontario government has taken a new step to protect people’s health by bringing infrastructure investments to small communities to help them improve the quality of their drinking water.
Starting on Tuesday, July 13, eligible municipalities, First Nation communities, and Local Services Boards can begin applying for funding through the second intake of the Green Infrastructure stream, read a news release.
The Green Stream is part of the joint federal and provincial Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP). Up to $240 million in joint federal and provincial funding is available for this intake, including $110 million from the Ontario government.
“The people of Ontario need and deserve reliable and safe drinking water,” said Kinga Surma, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure. “The first intake of the Green Infrastructure Stream was heavily oversubscribed. We heard the demand for more investments in drinking water infrastructure in small communities, and we are taking action to support residents living in those communities.”
Across the province, funds will target projects that address critical health and safety needs in communities by making local drinking water infrastructure safer and more reliable.
“Investing in cleaner infrastructure is key to our economic recovery and tackling climate change,” said Catherine McKenna, Federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. “Federal funding through the Green Infrastructure Stream will support community projects such as clean energy, energy-efficient retrofits, and waste-water upgrades. Canada’s infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates good jobs across the country, and builds cleaner, more inclusive communities.”
The Green Infrastructure Stream follows federal guidelines to support the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions or enable greater adaptation and resilience to the impacts of extreme weather and disaster mitigation. It also helps ensure communities have clean air and safe drinking water for everyone.