Better Wastewater & Water Infrastructure For Kitchener Through Federal & Provincial Investment

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Better Wastewater and Water Infrastructure For Kitchener Residents

38 new projects approved in 25 communities

Kitchener, Ontario The governments of Canada and Ontario are committed to investing in local infrastructure that ensures Canadians and their families have access to modern, reliable water and wastewater services that meet their needs. These investments safeguard the health and well-being of residents, protect waterways and preserve local ecosystems, while also laying the foundation for new economic opportunities to strengthen the middle class across the province.

Raj Saini, Member of Parliament for Kitchener Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Daiene Vernile, Member of Provincial Parliament for Kitchener Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Bob Chiarelli, Ontario Minister of Infrastructure, and Berry Vrbanovic, Mayor of the City of Kitchener, today announced that two new projects in Kitchener have been approved under the Government of Canada’s Clean Water and Waste Water Fund. The federal government is providing up to 50 per cent of funding for these projects—$2.3 million. The provincial government is providing up to 25 per cent of funding for this project—just over $1.1 million of total eligible costs, and the City of Kitchener will provide the balance of funding.

“People in Kitchener and across Ontario depend on clean water and water management systems they can trust each and every day. These investments in Kitchener’s clean water and wastewater infrastructure projects are excellent examples of the great things we can accomplish when all three levels of government work together to build our communities up," said Daiene Vernile, Member of Provincial Parliament for Kitchener Centre.

“Investing in water and wastewater treatment infrastructure is essential to maintaining a healthy environment and providing access to clean, reliable drinking water.The Government of Canada is working with provinces, territories and municipalities across the country to support important projects like those in Kitchener, which ensure that Canadian communities are healthy and sustainable now and for years to come," said Raj Saini, Member of Parliament for Kitchener Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.

“The reconstruction of Alice Avenue, Karn Street, Hugo Crescent , and a portion of Lorne Avenue will include almost 1.4 kilometres of sanitary sewers, storm sewers and watermain. These types of infrastructure investments are vital as they impact on the quality of life of our residents on a daily basis. We welcome the federal and provincial governments’ funding for these essential infrastructure assets," said Berry Vrbanovic, Mayor of the City of Kitchener

Thanks to this investment, residents of Kitchener will benefit from projects that will replace watermain, storm sewers, sanitary sewers and individual services to property lines on Alice Avenue and Karn Street, and on Hugo Crescent and Lorne Avenue. These projects are essential to keeping our waterways clean and our communities healthy and livable.

In addition to these projects, over $10.3 million in federal funding for 36 water and wastewater projects will benefit 24 other communities across Ontario.

This investment is part of an agreement between Canada and Ontario for the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund.

Quick facts

* The Government of Canada will provide more than $180 billion in infrastructure funding over 12 years for public transit, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, transportation that supports trade, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.

* Budget 2017 proposes $21.9 billion for investments for green infrastructure. This amount includes $5 billion that will be available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.

* Since 2004, the Government of Ontario has committed more than $3.7 billion to municipalities across the province through the provincial gas tax program.

* The Government of Ontario is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, public transit, roads and bridges in the province’s history. To learn more about what’s happening in your community, go to

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Government of Canada’s $180-billion+ infrastructure plan:

Federal infrastructure investments in Ontario:

The Clean Water and Wastewater Fund:

Building Ontario - Infrastructure Plan:

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