Canada and Ontario Support Wastewater Treatment Improvements for York and Durham Regions
Investment will create jobs, stimulate local economy
Pickering, Ontario -- The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, and Joe Dickson, MPP for Ajax-Pickering, announced today that the governments of Canada and Ontario have set aside a total of $93.3 million in funding to support the Duffin Creek Water Pollution Control Plant in Pickering.
"Today's announcement is a reflection of our commitment to stimulate the economy, create jobs, improve the environment, and enhance quality of life," said Minister Flaherty. "Maintaining healthy and clean water is directly related to the health and prosperity of residents in York and Durham region, and remains a priority for our Government under the leadership of Stephen Harper."
"Ontario is committed to investing in infrastructure projects like this one in Pickering, that strengthen Durham and York Regions and support job creation to stimulate Ontario's economy," said MPP Dickson.
The Governments of Canada and Ontario will each set aside up to $46.67 million and will work with the Regions of York and Durham to upgrade the Duffin Creek Water Pollution Control Plant. Current capacity of the plant is anticipated to be exceeded by 2010.
The Duffin Creek Water Pollution Control Plant is one of the largest sewage treatment plants in Canada. It is jointly owned by the municipalities of York and Durham. The plant receives and treats 90 percent of the wastewater generated by the citizens of York Region, and also serves residents of Pickering and Ajax in Durham Region.
This project is one of eight that the governments of Canada and Ontario have recently announced, totalling $336.9 million in federal and provincial funds, in support of improved wastewater treatment in communities located near the Great Lakes. Other communities that will benefit from improved wastewater treatment include Nipigon, Red Rock, Cornwall, Timmins, Halton Region, Owen Sound and South Dundas.
This wastewater treatment improvement project will help Canada and Ontario meet objectives under federal-provincial, as well as international water quality agreements, including the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, which expresses the commitment of Canada and the United States to restore and maintain the integrity of the Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem under the Boundary Waters Treaty.
The Government of Canada's 2009 Economic Action Plan is accelerating and expanding the existing federal investment of $33 billion in infrastructure across Canada with almost $12 billion in new infrastructure stimulus funding over the next two years.
Through the 2009 Ontario Budget - Confronting the Challenge: Building Our Economic Future - the province is investing $32.5 billion in infrastructure projects over the next two years, including a $5 billion contribution from the federal government, which will support more than 300,000 jobs and strengthen Ontario's economy.