The Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ (FCM) Green Municipal Fund (GMF), a $625-million program to support innovative solutions to environmental challenges, will fund wastewater treatment upgrades in two communities.

Marco Mendicino, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, François-Philippe Champagne, and Berry Vrbanovic, Green Municipal Fund Council member and Mayor of Kitchener, announced over $7 million in grants and loans through the GMF to improve wastewater treatment plants in the Townships of Wellington North and St. Clair.

“The Government of Canada is pleased to be partnering with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to support green infrastructure projects that will build healthier cleaner communities now and for future generations,” said Mendicino. “Investments to upgrade the wastewater plants for the Townships of Wellington North and St. Clair will help to protect the local environment, while ensuring adequate wastewater treatment capacity for the communities.”

In the Township of Wellington North, the investment of up to $5,750,000 will be used to upgrade the current wastewater treatment plant in Arthur, Ontario, to service the growing population. The upgrades will also help improve the quality of wastewater released into the Conestogo River.

In the Township of St. Clair, the project will include the installation of a new system at the Courtright wastewater treatment plant to improve odours and lower the plant’s use of potable water with up to $1,283,630 of funding.

“Advancing sustainable and innovative solutions to environmental challenges is important as we move toward a low-carbon energy future,” said Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Natural Resources. “We are proud to work with municipalities on these two wastewater treatment plant projects that will help improve water and air quality in their communities, create good-quality jobs for Canadians and contribute to our overall climate goals.”

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