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Northern communities approved for wastewater projects

Funds totalling $6.7 million for 53 projects come from the Canada-Ontario Clean Water and Wastewater agreement.
Sault Ste. Marie MP Terry Sheehan announced $3,296,751 in combined federal and provincial funding for a storm sewer refurbishment project in Sault Ste. Marie on July 17. Photo supplied

The federal and provincial governments are providing more than $6.7 million to communities across Ontario to upgrade their clean water and wastewater infrastructure projects.

Fifty-three projects in 20 communities have been approved under the Canada-Ontario Clean Water and Wastewater (CWWF) agreement, which is designed to improve the safety and quality of water for Canadian families, while supporting a clean economy.

The majority of the projects announced on July 17 are for communities in Northern Ontario, and many of the projects are already underway.

Sault Ste. Marie received the largest chunk of money: $3,296,751 in combined federal and provincial funding going toward a storm sewer refurbishment project.

Eligible projects include rehabilitation projects, new construction projects, optimization initiatives, and planning and design work.

The Government of Canada is providing Ontario with more than $569 million under CWWF, and will fund up to 50 per cent of the eligible project costs. The provincial government is providing up to 25 percent of total eligible project costs, and the municipalities will provide the balance of funding.