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The governments of Canada and Alberta are investing in Alberta water and wastewater services, with four new projects being funded by the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF). Today, Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Brian Mason, Alberta Minister of Transportation, were joined by Vermilion Mayor Caroline McAuley…

January 17, 2018 @ 8:49am

Gowling WLG is pleased to announce the launch of Canada North, a practice group of lawyers who are dedicated to serving clients in Nunavut, the Northwest Territories, Yukon and the northern regions of many provinces. Encompassing a breadth of legal areas—including corporate commercial, environmental, mining, Indigenous, procurement, and energy law, as well…

January 12, 2018 @ 12:47pm

Halifax Water has successfully completed the initial deployment of the largest water meter installation project in its history and is moving ahead with full deployment of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) technology, the utility announced yesterday. In the summer of 2017, Halifax Water began the rollout of AMI technology to a few…

January 10, 2018 @ 9:59am

Iqalungmiut’s water and wastewater infrastructure has been improved by investments from the local government and the Government of Canada through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150). The funding supports two projects in Iqaluit, Nunavut. The first investment was for improvements to the City of Iqaluit's water and wastewater systems. The upgrades will improve reliability and…

December 22, 2017 @ 10:25am

Installation of a new 30-kilometre-long pipeline to help supply the City of Melville and area with a more reliable and sustainable water supply has recently been completed, marking a construction milestone in an ongoing infrastructure project. “It is great news that this critical project, which will significantly improve water services…

December 20, 2017 @ 10:55am

The Government of Canada has committed to leading by example on climate change and will actively pursue potable water use and stormwater management efficiencies in new buildings. The government announced today it has set a new target to reduce GHG emissions by 80 per cent by 2050, relative to 2005 levels,…

December 20, 2017 @ 10:42am

Construction has been completed on the City of West Kelowna’s Horizon Village Lift Station. More than 2,200 residents are benefitting from the Horizon Village Lift Station wastewater improvement project, which was completed with contributions from the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia under the New Building Canada…

December 19, 2017 @ 11:50am

SNC-Lavalin has announced that the board of directors has appointed Kevin G. Lynch as chairman of the board, effective January 1, 2018. Dr. Lynch will replace Lawrence N. Stevenson, who had announced his upcoming retirement from the board at the 2017 Annual Meeting of Shareholders. Elected as director and appointed…

December 19, 2017 @ 11:43am

On December 15th, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, announced that the Government of Canada will provide over $1 billion from the Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund over the next five years to the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia, which…

December 18, 2017 @ 10:49am

Kenaidan Contracting Ltd. has been selected by B.C.’s Capital Regional District (CRD) as the contractor for the Clover Point Pump Station. The Clover Point Pump Station expansion and upgrade is being constructed as part of the Wastewater Treatment Project and is a $25 million contract to design, build, and expand…

November 24, 2017 @ 12:03pm

As Saskatchewan’s New Democratic Party (NDP) and Saskatchewan Party (SP) are in the midst of leadership campaigns, the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) engaged the leadership candidates for their positions on important municipal infrastructure and services. In the letter sent to the eight leadership candidates SUMA cites the importance of…

November 23, 2017 @ 11:41am

The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) is pleased to announce that, as of November 10, 2017, two major components of the Erickson water system infrastructure replacement project have been completed. The original 11km long 1929 Arrow Creek main line is now fully pressurized, and the Erickson open water storage…

November 22, 2017 @ 11:25am

Canada and Quebec have invested in a project to improve the safety of public infrastructure in Lac-Saguay Français by refitting a flood control dam. David Graham, Member of Parliament for Laurentides–Labelle, and Yves St-Denis, Member of the National Assembly for Argenteuil, announced that the governments will each invest close to $60,000 for upgrading…

November 13, 2017 @ 10:08am

Yesterday, the governments of Canada and Saskatchewan announced funding to upgrade the Town of Lampman’s wastewater treatment infrastructure. The federal and provincial governments are each contributing more than $1.6 million to this project through the New Building Canada Fund’s Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component—National and Regional Projects. The project has a total…

November 10, 2017 @ 10:02am

The City of Thunder Bay, Ontario has been accepted into the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ (FCM) new Climate and Asset Management Network, which is available through the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program. Delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and funded by the Government of Canada, Thunder Bay’s admission to…

November 09, 2017 @ 12:39pm

The government of Newfoundland and Labrador has announced that it is ending limit of service agreements for municipalities within the province, providing more cost-sharing opportunities for water infrastructure. The Provincial Government has followed through on its commitment to the practices laid out in The Way Forward: Realizing Our Potential by reviewing…

November 07, 2017 @ 10:00am

With the approval of its 2018 Water and Wastewater Capital Budget, Kawartha Lakes, Ontario will no longer have a water infrastructure deficit. City council approved the proposed 2018 Water and Wastewater Capital Budget at their October 31st Special Council meeting. The budget is supported by the property owners who use the…

November 02, 2017 @ 9:56am

Red Deer, Alberta, will take on $5.2 million in debenture to finance the construction of the North Regional Water and Wastewater lines. In the city council’s October 30th meeting, it was agreed that the city will borrow $3 million for the regional waterline from the intersection of Hwy 2A/11A north…

October 31, 2017 @ 11:23am

The City of Selkirk, Manitoba, has issued a statement about its intention to connect the Rural Municipality (RM) of St. Andrew’s to its wastewater treatment system, after St. Andrew’s Mayor George Pike was quoted as saying Selkirk’s administration did not want the RM to connect to their treatment system. Responding…

October 31, 2017 @ 9:48am

Valérie Plante, a frontrunner in the mayoral election race in the City of Montréal, is campaigning on the issue of water quality and municipal infrastructure. She has vowed, if elected, to build retention basins to capture untreated sewage and to ensure the public is better informed about water quality. The issue…

October 24, 2017 @ 8:47am

Investment in Millertown, Newfoundland and Labrador will go towards development of its water systems. Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, was joined by Al Hawkins, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour and MHA for Grand-Falls – Buchans, to announce over $263,000 in provincial funding for municipal infrastructure projects…

October 05, 2017 @ 10:48am

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia has announced details of its wastewater treatment plant upgrade that will be support by federal and provincial funding. Bernadette Jordan, Member of Parliament for South Shore—St. Margaret's; Derek Mombourquette, Nova Scotia Minister of Municipal Affairs; and Rachel Bailey, Mayor of the Town of Luneburg, today announced over $1.1 million in joint funding to…

September 29, 2017 @ 11:58am

The Government of Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) are launching a new initiative to help local governments strengthen their asset management practices. FCM has awarded $3.6 million to 22 partner organizations from across the country to design and deliver local asset management training to Canadian municipalities. These…

September 29, 2017 @ 10:23am

The last time Souris upgraded its water and sewer lines, Swiss Family Robinson was playing in theatres, Bobby Lewis’s “Tossin’ and Turnin’” was the number one song, and the population of Prince Edward Island was 104,629 (up to 146,283 as of 2014.) It was 1961, and the growing seaside town…

September 25, 2017 @ 9:21am

On September 21st, Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, convened the second federal, provincial, and territorial meeting of ministers responsible for infrastructure. Minister Sohi and Minister Bob Chiarelli, Ontario's Minister of Infrastructure, co-hosted the meeting. “The first phase of the Investing in Canada plan is already at work in our communities…

September 22, 2017 @ 12:40pm

Due to funding from the federal and provincial levels of governments, the Municipality of Saint-Isidore, Quebec now has new drinking water and wastewater treatment systems. ‟The Government of Quebec works in a spirit of collaboration with municipalities to help them renew their public infrastructure,” said Dominique Vien, MNA for Bellechasse, Minister Responsible for Labour, and…

September 22, 2017 @ 12:29pm

Ottawa continues to produce and deliver some of the highest quality and safest drinking water in the world, according to a report received by the Environment and Climate Protection Committee. For the fifth year in a row, the Ottawa’s drinking water systems were rated as 100 per cent in conformance with the…

September 21, 2017 @ 9:37am

Representatives gathered yesterday to celebrate the official opening of the newly-constructed Owen Sound Wastewater Treatment Plant in Ontario. The plant upgrades, which have been underway since August of 2014, represent the single largest project undertaken in the city’s history with a construction value in excess of $48 million. “I am…

September 20, 2017 @ 10:21am

A riverbank stabilization project in Winnipeg has been completed. The successful project on Lyndale Drive improves the reliability of the city's primary dike, protects the road and nearby utilities, and at the same time enhances the riverbank area. “This project will not only provide functional upgrades to the riverbank through…

September 15, 2017 @ 10:12am

The City of Selkirk, Manitoba hosted an open house on Wednesday, September 6th, to share details of its new Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) project. The plant was among the capital projects identified by the in the city’s 2017 budget. It will help limit contaminants entering the Red River and…

September 12, 2017 @ 10:28am

Last week, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) released the annual report on its Green Municipal Fund (GMF), which through 2016 and 2017 informed FCM’s work on capacity building in the water and wastewater project space. In a letter addressed to its stakeholders, FCM’s president, Jenny Gerbasi, and member of…

September 08, 2017 @ 11:20am

Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, has announced $38.8 million for projects that will support improvements in municipal wastewater and water systems. The money is being allocated under the Small Communities Fund and provincial Municipal Capital Works program. Premier Ball made the announcement in Botwood where he was joined…

September 05, 2017 @ 11:41am

The federal government has an announced the creation of an expert panel to address adaptation to climate change. Today, Catherine McKenna, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, announced the launch of the Expert Panel on Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Results. “Acting now to deal with current and future…

August 29, 2017 @ 11:52am

Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy, Minister of Public Security, and Minister responsible for the Montréal region, Martin Coiteux, accompanied by the mayor of Montreal, Denis Coderre, have announced that Quebec will invest $59.8 million for a project to maintain the secure supply of drinking water for the City…

August 28, 2017 @ 12:11pm

On Friday, the governments of Canada and Saskatchewan announced funding to upgrade the Town of Eastend's water treatment facility. The work includes expanding the existing building over a new underground water storage reservoir, improving water treatment, developing and rehabilitating groundwater wells, and installing new raw water supply mains. This project…

August 28, 2017 @ 9:30am

Over the next five years, Hamilton’s Woodward Wastewater Treatment Plant will receive $340 million in upgrades. The first project under this multi-year, multi-phase initiative officially kicked off this morning with a tour at the construction site for the new Raw Sewage Pumping Station. Hamilton Mayor, Fred Eisenberger, welcomed Filomena Tassi,…

August 21, 2017 @ 3:01pm

WSP Global Inc. and UEM Edgenta Berhad have announced that they have entered into an agreement under which WSP will acquire UEM Edgenta's 61.2 per cent in Opus International Consultants Limited (OIC), through a New Zealand takeover offer. WSP has, through a wholly-owned subsidiary, filed a notice of intention to…

August 14, 2017 @ 1:04pm

Yesterday, the water transmission main and water force main provider, Pure Technologies Ltd., announced its financial performance for the quarter ended June 30, 2017. The company’s total revenue was up 16 per cent to $33.7 million in Q2 and up 16 per cent to $62.9 million for the year to…

August 04, 2017 @ 9:35am

The City of Guelph, Ontario, has improved its review process for sanitary sewer infrastructure projects to better protect the community’s source water. The revised process allows the City of Guelph to complete the review process for the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change’s (MOECC) environmental compliance approval (ECA) applications…

August 01, 2017 @ 10:48am

New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador will direct money from the federal Gas Tax Fund transfer to fund new water projects. In July, the Government of Canada delivered the first of two annual $22 million federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF) installments to New Brunswick. The province will be provided with…

August 01, 2017 @ 9:52am

On July 13th, the Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) hosted a workshop to forward the development of a technical report on how to accelerate stormwater management practices by leveraging Ontario’s Drainage Act. Representatives from Freeman Associates, Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural…

July 28, 2017 @ 3:46pm

Today, Canada and Ontario have announced funding for forty new water, wastewater, and stormwater projects in seventeen communities. Deborah Schulte, Member of Parliament for King—Vaughan, Steven Del Duca, Ontario Minister of Transportation and Member of Provincial Parliament for Vaughan, and Maurizio Bevilacqua, Mayor of the City of Vaughan, have announced…

July 28, 2017 @ 11:16am

The governments of Canada and Ontario announced that 15 new projects in southwestern Ontario have been approved under the Government of Canada's Clean Water and Wastewater Fund. The federal government is providing up to 50 per cent of funding for these projects—$2,766,994. The provincial government is providing up to 25 per cent of funding, $1,383,497, and local municipalities will…

July 20, 2017 @ 12:19pm

In October 2016, staff applied for funding for projects under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF).  Recently they were notified by the Ministry of Infrastructure that the application had been approved and Projects may commence immediately.  The Township will receive approximately $131,095.69 from the Federal Government and $857,584.32 from…

July 20, 2017 @ 11:07am

Yesterday, the City of Toronto released an updated report on the flooding of Toronto Island, which indicates that water levels around the island are still about 30 centimetres above the pre-flood conditions of early April and not expected to significantly subside until later in the summer. "The high lake levels…

July 11, 2017 @ 10:46am

Today, the Government of Canada announced the new chairperson of the board for the Canadian Infrastructure Bank (CIB), former Royal Bank of Canada Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Financial Officer, Janice Fukakusa. The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities announced that Fukakusa has been selected as the inaugural…

July 06, 2017 @ 10:52am

The Governments of Canada and Quebec are investing more than $8 million in three projects to improve water and wastewater systems in Beaconsfield. Francis Scarpaleggia, Member of Parliament for Lac-Saint-Louis, and Geoffrey Kelley, Member of the National Assembly for Jacques-Cartier and Minister Responsible for Native Affairs, today announced that the…

July 05, 2017 @ 10:45am

Lethbridge, Alberta, will receive $12.2 million in federal investment for several water infrastructure projects, including wetlands mitigation. Yesterday, Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; Maria Fitzpatrick, MLA for Lethbridge-East; Chris Spearman, Mayor of Lethbridge; and Reeve Lorne Hickey, Lethbridge County, announced that a new project in the City of Lethbridge and another…

July 05, 2017 @ 10:04am

Today, the governments of Canada and Yukon have announced an investment of up to $6,150,000 in Yukon’s water systems. Member of Parliament for Yukon, Larry Bagnell, and Yukon Minister of Highways and Public Works, Richard Mostyn, announced joint funding of more than six million dollars for two projects in Haines…

June 29, 2017 @ 2:34pm

Whether rural, urban or remote, municipalities across Canada can now apply for grants of up to one million dollars for capital projects that will help them adapt to climate change impacts, such as flooding, extreme temperatures and drought, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Municipalities have influence over roughly half of…

June 23, 2017 @ 10:16am

The Town of High River received an Award of Merit on June 19 at the annual Building Resilience Conference in Calgary for the 2015 High River Downtown Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP), which instituted flood mitigation infrastructure throughout the downtown. Since the Alberta floods, High River has constructed pedestrian-friendly sidewalks, naturalized…

June 21, 2017 @ 11:26am

Yesterday, the Regional Municipality of Durham, Works Department celebrated the official opening of the new Nonquon Water Pollution Control Plant (WPCP). The new facility will provide for future growth in Port Perry, while utilizing the existing lagoons to store peak flows until they can be treated by the new plant.…

June 16, 2017 @ 12:37pm

FluksAqua, a collaborative, online platform for water utility professionals has released the results of a survey on the public perceptions of water across Canada. The survey found that 93.6 per cent of all respondents think that tax dollars should be spent on necessities other than water. Healthcare ranked highest and…

June 13, 2017 @ 11:32am

On Friday, the Government of Canada and announced an investment of $42.7 million in water and wastewater for BC First Nations. Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, was in Semiahmoo First Nation to announce $42.7 million in targeted funding through Budget 2016 to support 33 First Nation water and wastewater…

June 12, 2017 @ 11:13am

The governments of Canada and Prince Edward Island will invest in local water infrastructure to provide modern services for stormwater and drinking water. These investments aim to continue safeguarding the health and well-being of residents, protect provincial waterways, and preserve local ecosystems. Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and…

June 09, 2017 @ 11:29am

Yesterday, Newfoundland and Labrador announced more than $4.5 million for water systems in the City of Corner Brook. Eddie Joyce, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment, was joined today by Gerry Byrne, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills and MHA for Corner Brook, to announce over $4.5 million through the…

June 07, 2017 @ 10:22am

The City of Edmonton has announced forward motion on its flood mitigation strategy, which will focus on flood risk, potential costs, and schedules outlined for residential areas and underpasses As the next step in the city’s examination of upgrades to drainage infrastructure, staff will outline flood mitigation options in two…

June 05, 2017 @ 4:43pm

York Region is requesting that the Province of Ontario provide it the same revenue raising powers as the City of Toronto to help service future growth and provide for the upkeep of existing infrastructure, including water systems. “York Region’s revenue-raising powers are currently limited to property taxes, development charges, user…

June 01, 2017 @ 10:05am

The office of the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO) has served up a suite of recommendations to drive improvements in Ontario’s water usage, energy efficiency, and climate footprint in its latest report, Every Drop Counts. Water Canada has recapped the primary recommendations with commentary from the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario,…

May 31, 2017 @ 3:35pm

There is an enormous opportunity in the Province of Ontario, to reduce energy consumption and GHG emissions through the municipal water sector. That is the overarching message of a new report from the Ontario Environment Commissioner, Dianne Saxe's office released this week. While several U.S. studies and one earlier report…

May 31, 2017 @ 11:03am

More than $131 million from the Water for Life and the Alberta Municipal Water/Wastewater Partnership grant programs will support 29 water infrastructure projects across the province. Once projects get underway, the investment will help sustain approximately 900 jobs. The approved projects include a wastewater line from Sylvan Lake to Red…

May 30, 2017 @ 10:09am

The governments of Canada and Quebec announced $6.1 million for three new projects related to water in the Estrie region: one in Asbestos and two in Stanstead. The Honorable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie and MP for Compton–Stanstead and Luc Fortin, Minister Responsible for the Estrie Minister…

May 01, 2017 @ 8:55am

The City of Markham, Ontario, has urged the insurance industry to consider city flood control measures when setting home insurance rates. Over the past three years, home insurance costs have increased across Canada, and in Markham, by approximately 15 to 20 per cent. During that time, the city has that…

April 28, 2017 @ 9:46am

St. Margarets, Northumberland County, New Brunswick, will receive approximately $2.15 million for water infrastructure upgrades. The project, announced on the 24th, is being funded through the Gas Tax Fund and involves upgrades to the water system, including two kilometres of new PVC water mains, the replacement of hydrants, the replacement…

April 25, 2017 @ 9:34am

The Regional Municipality of York has announced that it will invest a total of $2.4 billion in water and wastewater projects over the next decade. York Regional Council received updates on water and wastewater infrastructure investments, along with road and transit, that are needed to provide reliable water and wastewater…

April 21, 2017 @ 11:39am

The governments of Canada and Manitoba have announced investment in provincial infrastructure as they continue to develop modern, reliable water and wastewater services. The governments perceive these investments as safeguarding public health and well-being, protecting provincial waterways, and preserving local ecosystems. Today, Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources, on behalf…

April 18, 2017 @ 11:26am

Yesterday, St. John’s City Council voted on whether to approve the Capital Plan for 2016–2018 — council minutes were unavailable at the time of writing. The plan includes $28.7 million in capital projects for 2017, including $3.2 million dedicated to its water systems. The capital plan will support a wide…

April 18, 2017 @ 10:44am

Manitoba released its 2017 budget, yesterday, which includes $60 million for water infrastructure and $15 million for maintenance and preservation of water related assets. The budget also outlined the province’s intention to develop a tailored climate and environmental framework based on principles of sustainable development. “It will offer approaches to…

April 12, 2017 @ 12:35pm

As Edmonton City Council prepares to vote on the transfer of the city's drainage utility to EPCOR, a report from the Edmonton and District Labour Council (EDLC) has challenged the benefits of the proposed transfer, claiming the public utility could achieve much of EPCOR's proposed efficiencies. Described as an exercise…

April 12, 2017 @ 11:03am

Following on the release of the 10th RBC Canadian Water Attitudes Study, the RBC Blue Water Project and GlobeScan held a webinar, bringing further discussion and insight to the valuable findings of the data. In the discussion were Andrew Craig, director of Corporate Environmental Affairs at RBC; Rober Haller, executive…

April 11, 2017 @ 2:48pm

Luc Duval has resigned his position as director of Public Works and Engineering with the City of Timmins, effective as of April 10, 2017. Duval has been an employee of the City of Timmins since June 25, 2007. He began his career with the city as director of Public Works…

March 29, 2017 @ 8:45am

City Council for Guelph, Ontario, unanimously endorsed the City’s Corporate Asset Management Plan and Asset Management Policy at March 27th meeting of the council. The plan will help manage infrastructure backlog, including for water, wastewater, and stormwater assets. This was the city’s first asset management plan and outlines the processes…

March 29, 2017 @ 8:16am

The City of New Westminster, British Columbia, has been awarded over $5.5 million from the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF) for the Sapperton Combined Sewer Separation project, one of the 144 projects recently announced by the provincial and federal governments. "On behalf of the City of New Westminster, I…

March 28, 2017 @ 7:24am

The Value of Water Campaign, supported by founding member Water Environment Federation (WEF), has released a new report that found closing the investment gap in U.S. water infrastructure would create 1.3 million jobs and generate $220 billion in economic activity. The analysis also found a severe economic cost to inaction.…

March 22, 2017 @ 12:34pm

The governments of Canada and Quebec will provide $62 million to fund 36 projects to improve water infrastructure in the Chaudiere-Appalaches region, investing in projects to ensure that water and wastewater systems in the province are up to date, efficient, and meet communities' increasing capacity needs. These investments will also…

March 20, 2017 @ 8:06am

The Town of Inuvik, North West Territories, has announced the completion of a new drinking water treatment plant. The water treatment plant received about $2,018,925 through the Provincial-Territorial Base Fund for this project and up to $2,062,143 through the federal Gas Tax Fund. The remaining $19 million for the project…

March 02, 2017 @ 8:28am

The Government of Canada has announced that it will invest $24.7 in First Nations climate resilience. Called First Nations Adapt, the program will direct funds towards identifying and ameliorating the impacts of climate change on essential infrastructure in communities on reserve. The program, announced Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous Affairs…

January 20, 2017 @ 9:16am

Over the coming decade, decisions about how the federal government's Phase 2 infrastructure investments are made will play a critical role in shaping the future of Canadian cities and towns for the next half-century or longer. A new report released today by the Forum for Leadership on Water (FLOW) urges the…

January 19, 2017 @ 8:14am

The Government of Canada’s Federal-Provincial-Territorial Committee on Drinking Water has released a report for public consultation on lead in drinking water for the purposes of updating the drinking water guideline. The report has recommended that the maximum acceptable concentration (MAC) be changed from 0.01 mg/L of weekly intake, as per…

January 12, 2017 @ 9:50am

A new white paper published by Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships (CCPPP) and Service Works Group argues that a strong and enduring contractual relationship can help address the operational management challenges o public-private partnerships (P3s). The paper was written in consultation with Dr. Mark Hellowell of the University of Edinburgh and…

November 28, 2016 @ 6:55am

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde opened the National Housing and Infrastructure Forum in Winnipeg, MB, on November 1st by calling for a First Nations-led strategy and national action plan to put forward solutions to ensure safe and healthy housing and infrastructure for all First Nations with a strong focus…

November 03, 2016 @ 8:23am

In today’s Fall Economic Statement, Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced new measures to ensure "middle class progress," to identify priorities for the Phase 2 funding flowing from Budget 2016. The statement also provided an update on progress made related to investments over the past year. These include: Investing an additional…

November 01, 2016 @ 1:17pm

Barrie, ON, has begun a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Study to determine necessary stormwater infrastructure improvements required to reduce flooding on both private and municipal lands, resolve issues concerning public safety, and provide improved maintenance opportunities within the Sophia Creek watershed and Mulcaster drainage area. “Major drainage improvements may consist…

October 12, 2016 @ 8:01am

Ottawa has announced new rate structures for water, wastewater, and stormwater. Ottawa’s announcement assured residents that “over 85 [per cent] of their 400,000 households and properties will see no change to their monthly water bill.” Most can expect a $2 per month increase or decrease. The new rate structure looks…

October 04, 2016 @ 10:01am

B.C. Premier Christy Clark has announced $148.5 million in provincial funding for the new Clean Water and Wastewater Fund. The Clean Water and Wastewater Fund is an infrastructure program that will enable critical investments in local government infrastructure to get underway, specifically supporting long term benefits in the rehabilitation of…

September 29, 2016 @ 8:33am

Moose Jaw has implemented a Local Improvement Program (LIP) to replace century-old cast iron water mains. Citizens Advocating Sensible Taxation have opposed the LIP and ran a petition this past summer that has triggered a referendum on the plan. The LIP would see the city pay 70 per cent of…

September 28, 2016 @ 10:21am

The City of West Kelowna has begun an estimated $1,362,045 project to replace the Horizon Village Lift Station with a new sanitary sewer system. The Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia will be contributing $454,015 to this project through the Small Communities Fund. The $1-billion Small Communities…

May 30, 2016 @ 12:56pm

RBC has released its 9th annual Water Attitudes Study, conducted by GlobeScan this spring, providing important information on the perspectives of Canadians pertaining to drinking water, wastewater, the value of water, and water infrastructure. Since 2008, the Water Attitudes Study has provided the only comprehensive, national study of the motivations, beliefs,…

May 25, 2016 @ 2:23pm

More than 250 prominent university professors from across Canada, including legal scholars, political scientists, water scientists, and environmental scientists, released a statement of concern regarding Site C, a hydroelectric dam on the Peace River in northeastern British Columbia. A letter supporting the concerns raised by this group has been issued…

May 24, 2016 @ 10:13am

In letters addressed to his provincial counterparts, Minister Amarjeet Sohi has provided the details of the government's Phase 1 infrastructure spending, including allocations under the new Clean Water and Wastewater Fund. The letters provided details about the government's plan to accelerate funding for projects that rehabilitate and modernize public infrastructure—including the amounts…

April 29, 2016 @ 4:08am

UBC researchers have developed a tool that is designed to help small to medium-sized cities and towns address the challenges posed by aging drinking water infrastructure in Canada. The tool, developed by Solomon Tesfamariam and Rehan Sadiq, both civil engineering professors at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus, helps…

February 21, 2016 @ 3:09pm

Across Canada, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification system is becoming the most widely accepted standard for high efficiency and environmentally responsible design. In 2015, the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) saw a steady increase in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certifications, a result of green…

February 08, 2016 @ 8:04am

The City of Guelph, Ontario has determined that it will need to dip into reserve funds and scale back on planned projects to cover the costs of this past winter’s frozen pipes emergency. The final cost of the damage was $625,000, which includes $545,000 in expenses and $80,000 of lost…

October 02, 2015 @ 9:40am

Canada’s first-ever report card on the state of its public works assets has been released, and it turns out that the system with the worst results is neither roads nor water—it’s asset management. Four of Canada's biggest industry associations (CCA, FCM, CSCE, CPWA) came together to release the results of…

September 11, 2012 @ 1:24pm

[caption id="attachment_12674" align="alignleft" width="174"] Karen Leibovici. Credit: FCM[/caption] Meeting the new federal wastewater regulations is an important national project that requires a national funding plan supported by all orders of government, according to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). The organization issued a press release in response to yesterday's announcement…

July 19, 2012 @ 9:12am

[caption id="attachment_11013" align="alignright" width="301" caption="A Toronto water main break during a cold snap earlier this month caused damage to roads and delayed traffic for hours. Photo: Kerry Freek"][/caption] It should be no surprise: with cold snaps come main breaks. These seasonal calamities often begin with small leaks in aging infrastructure…

January 23, 2012 @ 2:23pm

Toronto-based Capstone Infrastructure Corporation has acquired a 70 per cent interest in Bristol Water, a regulated water utility in the United Kingdom, from Suez Environnement through its subsidiary, AGBAR (Sociedad General de Aguas de Barcelona), for approximately $215 million. "Bristol Water is an established, core infrastructure business with regulated and…

October 06, 2011 @ 2:18pm

[caption id="attachment_7769" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Duffin Creek Water Pollution Control Plant (via top100projects.ca)"][/caption] Water and wastewater has a significant presence in this year's edition of ReNew Canada's Top 100: Canada's Biggest Infrastructure Projects, released this week. Nine projects accounted for $4.378 billion of the list, which totalled $96 billion. Some highlights:…

January 05, 2011 @ 9:20am

As we reported in our May/June issue, the City of Dawson Creek, B.C., and Shell recently reached an agreement to build the City’s Reclaimed Water Plant (RWP). This 10-year agreement is subject to elector approval. The RWP will treat effluent currently released into the Dawson Creek to a standard suitable…

August 24, 2010 @ 7:09am

Insituform Technologies, Inc. has received a contract award for US$4 million to rehabilitate over 11,000 feet of drinking water pipelines in Victoria, British Columbia. Work on this project, which includes 12-inch and 20-inch diameter pipelines, is expected to be completed by early 2011. In other news, Insituform has opened a…

July 06, 2010 @ 11:53am

With the announcement of the proposed Water Opportunities Act in yesterday's Speech from the Throne, the Ontario government is setting the province on a path to become a global leader in water technology. At the same time, the environmental community is urging the government to include commitments to address Ontario's…

March 09, 2010 @ 8:09am

Ontario's Township of Centre Wellington will receive funds for source water protection via the federal Infrastructure Stimulus Fund. Support of up to $1.8 million will be devoted to improve municipal water and sanitary sewer systems, as well as to support the reconstruction of a sideroad. The Township of Centre Wellington…

February 22, 2010 @ 1:17pm

A new green building report, sponsored by the Mechanical Contractors Education and Research Foundation, the research arm of the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA), profiles a water conservation, a "growing trend in the green building movement," says report author Jerry Yudelson. "This trend is highlighted by the new requirements…

November 10, 2009 @ 9:37am

The District of West Vancouver’s Eagle Lake Membrane Filtration Facility has won the Association of Professional Engineers & Geoscientists of BC (APEGBC) Environmental Award of Excellence for 2009 in the category of Design, Construction, and Monitoring. Sponsored by the Association’s Environment Committee, this award recognizes APEGBC members and their firms…

October 22, 2009 @ 11:13am

The Association of Ontario Municipalities’ annual conference was a chance for some municipal leaders to ask questions about—what else—stimulus funding. But it was in the media scrum that the real action took place. In an interview with ReNew Canada (Canadian Water Treatment's sister magazine), Minister John Baird said, “It’s unacceptable…

August 19, 2009 @ 8:11am

The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) has announced 17 new grants totaling more than $84,000 under its Affordability and Choice Today (ACT) Initiative. Operating since 1990, ACT provides grants up to $5,000, to local teams made up of municipalities, builders and housing stakeholders who promote the improvement of planning…

June 23, 2009 @ 10:47am

A first group of 22 Quebec municipalities will receive $15,802,500 under the federal-provincial agreement pertaining to the water and wastewater pipeline renewal program, le Programme de renouvellement des conduites d'eau potable et d'egout (PRECO). This announcement comes nearly two months after the signing of the Canada-Quebec PRECO agreement on March…

June 09, 2009 @ 7:37am

Calgary-headquartered Pure Technologies Ltd. has acquired the assets of Pipe Eye International, a provider of long-range specialty robotic inspection services based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jack Elliott, Pure's president, said, "This transaction will position Pure into the premium robotic inspection service market. We intend to develop and add enhanced capabilities…

June 05, 2009 @ 7:47am

The feds have released guidelines for the distribution of $4 billion in stimulus funding for infrastructure. The Infrastructure Stimulus Fund is part of Budget09. Funding is available for two years for projects that can get started in the 2009 construction season. The Fund will focus on the rehabilitation of existing assets and…

April 24, 2009 @ 7:36am

John Baird, Canada's Transport and Infrastructure Minister, announced today a shot in the arm for municipal infrastructure. Ongoing federal gas tax transfers to the provinces and territories for municipal infrastructure doubled on April 1, 2009 to a total of $2 billion a year, and the federal government is accelerating the…

April 03, 2009 @ 7:39am

[caption id="attachment_1312" align="alignleft" width="360" caption=" From left: Mac Dunfield, senior Atlantic director, Ducks Unlimited Canada; Natural Resources Minister Wally Stiles; and Graham."][/caption] The New Brunswick government will contribute $1.5 million to a new fund dedicated to maintaining the province's wetlands, Premier Shawn Graham announced yesterday. The Wetlands Sustainability Fund will enable…

March 13, 2009 @ 7:08am

Flooding in the GTA leads to overflows at the banks of the Humber River as snow melts and warnings from the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. At the same time, last night's flood at Toronto’s Union Station led to escalator waterfalls and evacuation. Lucky for commuters like yours truly, the…

February 12, 2009 @ 11:30am

The current state of municipal water pricing in Canada is significantly flawed, with costs that include underfunded water agencies, aging infrastructure, excessive consumption and stifled innovation, according to a study released today by the C.D. Howe Institute. With news of failing infrastructure and a $12-billion stimulus, the report couldn't come…

February 05, 2009 @ 8:54am

The federal review for HELP Clean Water (Huron Elgin London Project) is now complete, giving the green light to start construction. John Baird, Transport and Infrastructure Minister, has said he will "quickly" sign a contribution agreement and federal funding-a commitment of up to $50 million-will flow directly to the City…

February 03, 2009 @ 9:43am

Tetra Tech, Inc. has acquired Wardrop Engineering, Inc., a Canadian firm that specializes in resource management, energy and infrastructure design. Wardrop has about 1,200 employees globally and had revenue of approximately US$120 million in fiscal 2008. The acquisition expands Tetra Tech's worldwide presence, adding 13 offices in Canada and offices…

January 29, 2009 @ 8:50am

Insituform Technologies, Inc. today announced that it was awarded an additional US$6.0 million in sewer pipe rehabilitation work for the City of Hamilton, Ont. This work was work awarded under the company's current three-year term contract with the City of Hamilton, which is in its second year. Insituform expects to…

January 23, 2009 @ 1:01pm

The Town of La Scie, Newfoundland has received $314,000 through the 2008-09 Municipal Capital Works (MCW) program to remove creosote timber from the water supply intake area. The MCW program fosters the development of cost-shared projects in a wide range of municipal infrastructure, including water and waste water treatment, roads,…

December 17, 2008 @ 10:05am

America's water and wastewater sector looks set to decline further in 2009, as capital expenditure on crucial infrastructure projects is cut back by 12.9 per cent, according to Water Market USA, a new report published Global Water Intelligence. Restraints on borrowing, shrinking tax bases and a drop in capital contributions…

December 12, 2008 @ 9:55am

The City of Toronto might boost water rates by nine per cent on January 1, the fourth straight year of nine per cent-plus fee hikes, reports the Toronto Sun. The average home's annual water bill would rise by about $50 to more than $590 in 2009, up from just $352…

October 17, 2008 @ 7:20am

Ottawa, Ont.- A $4.22 million federal government infrastructure investment will lay the groundwork for the construction of a regional water supply and distribution system that will benefit residents from the northern communities of La Ronge, Air Ronge and the Lac La Ronge Indian Band (LLRIB)156 and 156B. Estimated at $12.14…

September 10, 2008 @ 12:11pm

Funds A wastewater treatment plant in Cambridge, Ont. is getting a $21-million upgrade: the aim is to "dewater" the sludge held in its digesters. Meanwhile, Victoria, B.C. water pipes are getting a $10-million upgrade. The watermains, installed in 1927, will ensure quality drinking water and improved water pressure for firefighting.…

September 02, 2008 @ 10:19am

Yesterday, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario welcomed the signing of the Communities Component of the Building Canada Fund, which will flow more than $724 million in infrastructure funding to rural and small urban municipalities across Ontario. Under the agreement, the federal and provincial governments will each provide $362 million…

August 27, 2008 @ 10:58am

Pure Technologies Ltd., a company involved in the development and application of technologies for inspection, monitoring, and management of physical infrastructure, recently hosted an international workshop on asset management and loss prevention strategies for buried pipelines. Over seventy-five participants from nine countries representing water agencies, consultants, and oil and gas…

August 14, 2008 @ 7:33am