Welland, ON – Jennifer O’Connell, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities, on behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities, and the Honourable Kinga Surma, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure, announced joint funding for 144 water infrastructure projects across Ontario.

The Government of Canada is investing more than $190.2 million in 144 projects across Ontario, including those mentioned below, through the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. The Government of Ontario is providing over $140.5 million, while local communities are contributing more than $108.5 million. Today’s investment will improve water infrastructure and ensure Canadians have better access to reliable and clean drinking water.

In Welland, this investment will support the installation of approximately 1,500 metres of watermain, along with seven new hydrants on Canal Bank Road. The improvements will help ensure that residents continue to have reliable access to clean drinking water. Roads and sidewalks impacted by work on this project will also be restored through this investment.

Havelock-Belmont-Methuen is another community receiving funding to support the replacement of over 500 metres of watermain along George Street and the installation of four new fire hydrants. Work will also include the reconstruction of affected roadways, sidewalks, and driveways. In Kingsville, over 3,200 metres of watermains will be replaced on several streets like James Avenue and Stonehedge Drive. The project will also see the installation of 234 water service lines and 24 new fire hydrants. In both communities, these projects will improve the reliability and capacity of watermains and increase access to potable water.

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Funding will also support the replacement of over 4,400 metres of watermain in the Ojibways of Onigaming First Nation. The work involves replacing thousands of metres of watermains along nine community roads including Onigaming Road, Anishinaabe Road, School Loop, and Ketemiikana Road. Moreover, this project will renew the fire pump in the existing water treatment plant. Once complete, this project will increase the reliability of the community’s water supply and provide residents with increased access to clean water.

“The green infrastructure investments announced today support our collective responsibility to protect the watersheds that flow into the Great Lakes, providing clean water for families here in Niagara and right across the province. The joint funding for 144 water infrastructure projects across Ontario include important clean water projects in Grimsby, Lincoln and Pelham in Niagara West.“- Sam Oosterhoff, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Education and Member of Provincial Parliament for Niagara West

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