Hamilton – Her Worship Mayor Andrea Horwath, joined by the Honourable Filomena Tassi, the Honourable Kinga Surma, MPP Donna Skelly, Ward 4 Councillor Tammy Hwang, along with other dignitaries and City of Hamilton staff, facilitated the official ribbon cutting for the Woodward Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade Project.

The completion of the Woodward Upgrade Project is a significant milestone contributing towards the restoration of Hamilton Harbour, a designated Area of Concern (AOC) under the Canada-U.S. Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.

The City of Hamilton’s Clean Harbour Program manages the largest public investments in the Hamilton Harbour AOC in partnership with the Hamilton Harbour Remedial Action Plan. With the monumental achievements of the Woodward Upgrades Project, the City of Hamilton is supporting progress towards the goal of delisting Hamilton Harbour as an area of concern.

The Woodward Upgrade Project is one of the largest Government funded environmental projects in the region with all three levels of government partnering for success.

“Today, we highlight the importance of our Hamilton Harbour, protecting our water, and the investments our federal government has made to ensure our ambitious city is growing. Investments such as the Woodward Avenue Wastewater Treatment Plant are an example of our commitment to healthy, sustainable communities and the protection of our environment for generations to come.” – Filomena Tassi, Minister Responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, Member of Parliament for Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas 

Quick Facts

  • The Woodward Wastewater Treatment Plant is Hamilton’s main wastewater treatment facility and cleans approximately 96 per cent of Hamilton’s wastewater.
  • The project will reduce total phosphorus loading to Hamilton Harbour by 500 tonnes over a 10-year period.
  • The project saw $100 million each from the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario, with the remainder funded through the City of Hamilton.


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