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Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) first vice president Bill Karsten issued a statement on September 27th following FCM's appearance before the Standing Committee on Finance as part of the federal government's pre-budget consultations. In the statement, Karsten calls for a new model of federal-municipal relations that moves beyond established patterns…

September 28, 2018 @ 10:36am

A new report by Canadian Water Network (CWN) highlights the mounting financial pressures facing Canadian water utilities. Balancing the Books: Financial Sustainability for Canadian Water Systems acknowledges the widening gap between customer expectations and water system revenue to fully recover costs and provides customizable approaches for municipalities to achieve sustainable…

March 22, 2018 @ 9:00am

Kitchener, Ontario has announced the creation of a sustainability office and the appointment of its first sustainability officer, Claire Bennett, who will begin her role at the city on April 3rd, building on the city’s work in managing stormwater and lowering GHG emissions. Bennett has spent the last seven years…

March 06, 2018 @ 9:59am

With the passage of Bill 139, Building Better Communities and Conserving Watersheds Act, 2017, in December, the elevated role of provincial Conservation Authorities (CAs) has garnered the attention of Ontario municipalities struggling with the tax burden of supporting CA operating budgets and those concerned about the accountability and transparency of…

January 29, 2018 @ 11:35am

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

The City of Saskatoon is investing $11.3 million in water and sewer rehabilitation in order to inspect and maintain manholes and aging systems. During the 2015 summer construction season, digital imaging technology was used to inspect and evaluate manholes. The inspection was conducted by lowering a camera into the area…

September 28, 2015 @ 7:48pm

Health Minister Terry Lake today announced $500,000 in funding for the B.C. Water and Waste Association (BCWWA) to help communities address small water systems challenges. The Ministry and the Association will work together to administer the funds to communities that rely on small water systems with the ultimate goal of reducing health risks…

September 23, 2015 @ 1:48pm

The average leak in a municipal water system can flow for up to 20 years. When undetected, these leaks can be the source of significant service disruptions and costly repairs—in fact, there are more than 700 water main breaks per day in North America, some posing major threats to health…

September 11, 2015 @ 12:07pm

[caption id="attachment_12461" align="alignleft" width="300"] Ontario Environment Minister Jim Bradley and the Chair of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, Mayor Brian McMullan of St. Catharines, signing the memorandum.[/caption] Ontario and mayors from communities surrounding the Great Lakes have renewed their shared commitment to protect the Great Lakes. This week,…

June 27, 2012 @ 10:39am

[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

Plans discussed at this past February’s CCME meeting are now coming to fruition. Today minister of the environment Jim Prentice announced new regulations for managing municipal wastewater. The proposed regulations will set national performance standards, timelines and monitoring and reporting requirements, and are expected to be published in the Canada…

August 06, 2009 @ 11:43am

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