September 14, 2016

Today the Governments of Canada and Ontario announced the intake of Phase 1 Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF) projects.  Funding will support all municipal governments and their respective water, wastewater or storm water projects.  Federal and provincial funding for this program is $840 million.  With municipal contributions, this will provide more than $1.1 billion to support projects.  This reflects a 50-25-25 per cent contribution by federal, provincial and municipal governments.

As announced in the federal 2016 Budget, the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF) provides about $570 million to support the maintenance and state of good repair projects in Ontario.  Federal funding can be used for up to 50 per cent of eligible projects.  While projects are to be completed by March 2018, the federal Minister has the ability to accept some projects that are longer in length and the federal budget allocated 25% of the funds in 2019 to accommodate this possibility.

The Government of Ontario is providing about $270 million in new funding as its contribution.  In addition, for those recipients of the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF) will have the flexibility to use those monies toward the 25% municipal contribution of this Phase 1, CWWF.

Funding will be allocated to municipalities on a formula system based on their proportion of water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure and economic conditions.  The funding will also have a base component of $50,000 federal and $25,000 provincial funds to ensure an adequate level of funding for all municipalities. The intake process will capture project information to ensure eligibility requirements are met through a short provincial and federal approval process.  

Allocation and key program information is being emailed by the Province to municipal governments with follow up letters to municipal CAOs, Clerks and Treasurers.  Intake proposal deadline is October 31, 2016.
   
Infrastructure Funding Announcement Signing Bob Chiarelli Lynn Dollin Sohi Amarjeet 2016-09-14

From left to right: Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure, Lynn Dollin, AMO President and Sohi Amarjeet, Minister of Infrastructure Canada