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Improving Wastewater Treatment Infrastructure in Hamilton

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Improving Wastewater Treatment Infrastructure in Hamilton

Ministry of Infrastructure

Infrastructure investment stimulates economic growth, creates jobs, supports stronger communities and enhances the overall prosperity of Ontarians.

This project involves upgrades to the Woodward Avenue Wastewater Treatment Plant in Hamilton to help reduce the amount of municipal wastewater pollution that is released into the Hamilton Harbour, which is an Area of Concern requiring clean-up under the U.S.-Canada Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. The project will help ensure Hamilton Harbour is no longer listed as an Area of Concern. Specifically, the project consists of four components:

  • New tertiary membrane treatment plant: this will involve a vastly improved level of wastewater treatment to reduce effluent loadings into Hamilton Harbour.
  • New chlorine contact tank: a new tank will provide chlorination and de-chlorination to meet federal Canadian Environmental Protection Act regulations.
  • New tertiary effluent outfall and upgrades to Red Hill Creek: this will involve the construction of a new dedicated outfall for the wastewater treatment plant. It will also involve improvements to Red Hill Creek, where the outfall is located, including widening the Creek to accommodate increased flows and erosion mitigation measures.
  • Power supply, electrical distribution system and standby power upgrade: will involve upgrades and expansions to the power supply and standby power that will provide the capacity needed to operate the new membrane treatment plant.

For more information on the Areas of Concern under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, please visit: http://www.ec.gc.ca/raps-pas/default.asp?lang=En&n=A290294A-1

The total project cost is estimated at approximately $456 million. The governments of Canada and Ontario will each set aside up to $100 million. The federal and provincial commitments have been set aside through the Green Infrastructure Fund. The City of Hamilton will provide the balance of funding. The federal contribution towards this wastewater project is conditional on the successful completion of a due diligence review, including further analysis of the project business case, and on the successful negotiation of a contribution agreement.

About the Green Infrastructure Fund

Through Canada's Economic Action Plan, the federal government will provide $1 billion over five years across Canada from the Green Infrastructure Fund. The 2009 Ontario Budget, Confronting the Challenge:  Building Our Economic Future includes $390 million for Green Infrastructure Fund projects. With today's announcement, the province and the federal government have each so far committed over $234 million to eight Green Infrastructure Fund wastewater projects in Ontario.

Eligible projects are those that promote cleaner air, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and cleaner water, and fall within any of the following categories: green energy generation infrastructure; wastewater infrastructure; green energy transmission infrastructure and solid waste infrastructure, and carbon transmission and storage infrastructure.

Improving Water Quality in the Great Lakes

The upgrades to Hamilton wastewater infrastructure will support improved water quality in the Great Lakes, which will help Canada and Ontario meet objectives under federal-provincial water quality agreements. The governments of Canada and Ontario have already announced up to $368.9 million in funding support under the Green Infrastructure Fund and Building Canada Fund - Major Infrastructure Component for wastewater treatment projects in other communities across Ontario. 

The total federal and provincial joint investments in wastewater treatment projects across Ontario include:

Building Canada Fund - Major Infrastructure Component
  • Duffin Creek Water Pollution Control Plant, York and Durham Regions ($93.34 million)
  • Nipigon Wastewater Treatment, Township of Nipigon ($6.9 million)

Green Infrastructure Fund
  • Halton Region Wastewater Treatment (Skyway Facility), Halton Region Conservation Authority ($103 million)
  • Timmins Wastewater Treatment, City of Timmins ($39.66 million)
  • Cornwall Wastewater Treatment, City of Cornwall ($37 million)
  • Kirkland Lake Water Pollution Control Plant Construction and Upgrades, Town of Kirkland Lake ($32 million)
  • Owen Sound Primary Sewage Upgrade, City of Owen Sound ($30 million)
  • Iroquois Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade (South Dundas), Township of South Dundas ($18 million)
  • Red Rock Wastewater Treatment, Township of Red Rock ($9 million)

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