Funds for drinking water infrastructure in Ontario will be available through the second intake of the Green Infrastructure stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP).
As of July 13, eligible municipalities, First Nation communities, and Local Services Boards in Ontario can apply for funding through the second intake.
Up to $240 million in joint federal and provincial funding is available for this intake, including $110 million from the Ontario government.
“The people of Ontario need and deserve reliable and safe drinking water,” said Kinga Surma, Ontario’s minister of infrastructure. “The first intake of the Green Infrastructure Stream was heavily over subscribed. We heard the demand for more investments in drinking water infrastructure in small communities, and we are taking action to support residents living in those communities.”
“Investing in cleaner infrastructure is key to our economic recovery and tackling climate change,” added Catherine McKenna, federal minister of infrastructure and communities. “Federal funding through the Green Infrastructure Stream will support community projects such as clean energy, energy efficient retrofits, and waste-water upgrades. Canada’s infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates good jobs across the country, and builds cleaner, more inclusive communities.”
The Green Infrastructure Stream follows federal guidelines to support the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions or enable greater adaptation and resilience to the impacts of extreme weather and disaster mitigation. It also helps ensure communities have clean air and safe drinking water for everyone.