The federal government will contribute up to $11 million for a new biosolids management facility in Sudbury.
The project will include the construction of a centralized wastewater sludge treatment and biosolids end-product storage facility at the current wastewater treatment plant. The new facility will respond to the current restraints placed on Greater Sudbury’s disposal practices; build an environmentally responsible and sustainable plant that is safe to all surrounding communities and residents; and deliver a long-term, modern approach to wastewater management.
FedNor Minister Tony Clement made the funding announcement while visiting Sudbury on Monday. Funding will come from the P3 Canada Fund.
“Canada needs to invest in modern and green infrastructure projects to be a world leader today and in the future,” he said in a news release. “Our government believes that public-private partnerships can build public infrastructure faster and provide better value for taxpayers’ dollars.”
Sudbury will contribute the balance of the funds for the project. Private sector partners will design, build, finance, operate and maintain the biosolids management facility. The private sector proponent will be responsible for financing project costs during construction and over the term of the operating contract.
“The City of Greater Sudbury gratefully acknowledges the Government of Canada for presenting an option to municipalities that effectively addresses the gap between a limited local tax base and the need to invest in aging infrastructure,” Sudbury Mayor Marianne Matichuk said in the release. “Once complete, the Greater Sudbury biosolids management facility will be a model for environmental sustainability and responsible economic stewardship.”