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City of Ottawa

June 12, 2009 16:58 ET

Government of Canada Supports Wastewater Infrastructure in Ottawa

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 12, 2009) - John Baird, Canada's Transport and Infrastructure Minister, and Michel Bellemare, Acting Mayor of the City of Ottawa, today announced that residents of Ottawa will benefit from federal funding of an infrastructure project aimed at reducing the frequency of sewer overflows into the Ottawa River.

"By partnering with the City of Ottawa on this important project, our Government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, is stimulating the economy, creating jobs and improving the quality of life for the residents of this region." said Minister Baird. "This investment will also contribute to better water quality in one of Canada's historic waterways."

"The City greatly appreciates our partnership with the federal government and their assistance in protecting the environment," said Acting Ottawa Mayor, Michel Bellemare. "We are all committed to improving our wastewater management and these funds will be directly invested in solutions for pollution prevention and control."

The project entails physical installations to reduce sewer overflows and improved monitoring of sewer discharge. Work will start in June 2009 and be completed by December 2010.

The total estimated eligible cost of the project is $18.73 million. The Government of Canada is setting aside up to $9.365 million, which is one half of the total eligible costs of the project. The City of Ottawa will provide the remainder of the project costs.

Federal funding for the project will be provided as part of a broader $100 million Ottawa River initiative funded equally by the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario and the City of Ottawa.

Demonstrating its commitment to stimulating the economy and creating jobs, the Government of Canada is moving forward with a number of large-scale infrastructure programs to assist Ontarians when they need it most. The Government of Canada's 2009 Economic Action Plan is accelerating and expanding the existing federal investment of $33 billion in infrastructure with almost $12 billion in new infrastructure stimulus funding over two years.

For further information about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.


BACKGROUNDER

IMPROVING COMBINED SEWAGE INFRASTRUCTURE IN OTTAWA

A combined sewage collection system infrastructure project in Ottawa to reduce the frequency of sewer overflow into the Ottawa River will receive federal funding from the Government of Canada.

The project proposed by Ottawa includes the following components:

- Upgrades to the West End Regulators to reduce the number of combined sewer overflow events in the Lebreton Flats area of the City;

- Critical Outfall Flow Monitoring to assess and implement real time monitoring for the thirteen existing combined sewer overflow sites;

- Integrated Sewer Separation to separate a combined sewer area of the City and to replace it with a separated sanitary and storm sewer;

- Inlet Control Devices to reduce the floating matter reaching the Ottawa River; and

- Pollution Prevention and Control Assessments to both review the City's existing sewer interconnections and replace or eliminate these, as well as to sample and study floatables at combined sewer regulators.

The total estimated eligible cost of the project is $18.73 million. The Government of Canada will provide one-half of the total eligible costs of the project up to a maximum of $9.365 million. The City of Ottawa will provide the remainder of the project costs. Federal funding for the project will be provided as part of a broader $100 million Ottawa River initiative funded equally by the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario and the City of Ottawa.

The project is scheduled to begin in June 2009 and would be completed by December 2010.

Federal financial support for this project is conditional on the project meeting all applicable eligibility and approval requirements under the Government of Canada's infrastructure plan and on the signing of a contribution agreement.

Contact Information

  • Office of Canada's Transport and Infrastructure Minister
    Chris Day
    Press Secretary
    613-991-0700
    or
    Infrastructure Canada
    613-948-1148