Clean Water & Wastewater Fund: Federal government, Province of BC and local governments commit to investing $450 million in infrastructure projects

Note to Reader:

The Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF) will provide short-term funding of $2 billion. The program targets projects that will contribute to the rehabilitation of both water treatment and distribution infrastructure and existing wastewater and storm water treatment systems; collection and conveyance infrastructure; and initiatives that improve asset management, system optimization, and planning for future upgrades to water and wastewater systems.

B.C. Commits Over $148 Million

Ipremier-christy-clark_2014_trimmed_120pn September 2016 at the annual convention of the Union of BC Municipalities, Premier Christy Clark announced that $148.5 million in provincial funding would be provided for the new Clean Water and Wastewater Fund.

“Water and wastewater infrastructure is essential to keeping waterways clean and communities healthy. This funding will support local governments in creating essential public infrastructure that future generations will depend on,” stated Premier Clark.

This funding will enable communities to move ahead with vitally important improvements to their water and wastewater systems, help make sure residents enjoy safe and reliable access to drinking water, improve environmental protection, and assist local governments in their efforts to comply with senior government regulations. Clean water and wastewater management are core services upon which communities can grow, helping ensure sustainability principles are met while improving community vibrancy, resilience and attractiveness.

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 water, wastewater and stormwater systems, and for the planning and design of future facilities and upgrades to existing wastewater systems.

All local governments throughout the province are eligible to apply for funding. Approved projects will be cost shared 50% by the Government of Canada and 33% by the Province of British Columbia, with the remaining 17% contribution coming from the local government. This agreement will be finalized on Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, prior to the conclusion of the Union of B.C. Municipalities conference in Victoria.

The Government of Canada introduced the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund in Budget 2016 to improve local government infrastructure in categories of drinking water, wastewater and stormwater as well as project planning and design.

“Sufficient and up-to-date public infrastructure enables communities throughout British Columbia to attract investment, businesses and citizens, to support good local jobs and to remain as great places to live, work, play and visit,” stated Premier Clark.