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Canadian News Update November 2019

Posted by: Preston Pierce
Industry News

Toronto invests in Green Infrastructure to help communities

Toronto is bringing infrastructure investments to small communities, helping them rehabilitate critical water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure and drive local economic growth.

As part of Ontario’s Green Infrastructure stream, populations under 100,000 can apply for funding to support infrastructure.

The Green Infrastructure stream is the fourth stream Ontario is opening under the joint federal/provincial Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP). Approximately $200 million dollars is available in federal and provincial funding.

The news comes off the back of Ontario’s $480 million ICIP investments in public transit and transportation infrastructure throughout the province.

The ICIP is a $30 billion, 10-year infrastructure program cost-shared between federal, provincial and municipal governments. Ontario’s share per project will be up to 33.33%, or $10.2 billion spread across four streams: Rural and Northern, Public Transit, Green, and Community, Culture and Recreation.

Laurie Scott, Minister of Infrastructure, said: “The people of Ontario have water-related infrastructure needs, and we are helping them to fill the gaps, especially for projects that address critical health and safety concerns in our communities. These investments make our local infrastructure safer and more reliable and give them the ability to grow economically.

“Our economy, our communities and our families all rely on good infrastructure. The Province understands there is demand for our investments in these critical projects, including tackling immediate, critical local water, wastewater and stormwater needs.”

Ontario anticipates launching an additional intake of the Green Infrastructure stream in 2020 that could focus on other emerging priorities for water, wastewater and stormwater projects and/or disaster mitigation.

As per federal parameters, the Green Infrastructure stream aims to support the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, enable greater adaptation and resilience to the impacts of extreme weather and disaster mitigation. It also helps ensure communities can provide clean air and safe drinking water for everyone.

The current application intake for the Green Infrastructure stream opened on October 28th 2019 to 408 eligible municipalities, 127 First Nations, nine Local Services Boards, as well as Conservation Authorities, and not-for-profit organizations with water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure.

Eligible applicants will have up to 12 weeks with a deadline of January 22, 2020 to submit applications for provincial review and nomination to the federal government.

Projects will be evaluated in alignment with previous ICIP programs with a focus on health and safety. Full story.

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