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Canada, Ontario Improving Water Quality in Northern Ontario

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Canada, Ontario Improving Water Quality in Northern Ontario

Breaking ground on new wastewater treatment plant

Ministry of Infrastructure

RED ROCK — Today, the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario marked the start of construction for the new Red Rock Wastewater Treatment Plant that will improve water quality in the region to ensure economic prosperity for area residents, and protect waterways and fish habitat.

Patty Hajdu, Federal Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, and Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay-Superior North, on behalf of François-Philippe Champagne, Federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Andrea Khanjin, Parliamentary Assistant for the Ontario Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, on behalf of Ontario Minister of Infrastructure Monte McNaughton, and Gary Nelson, Mayor for the Township for Red Rock, attended a ground-breaking ceremony today in Red Rock.

The Government of Ontario is contributing more than $17 million, or two-thirds of the total project cost, while the Government of Canada is contributing over $8.5 million under the New Building Canada Fund - National and Regional Projects.

"The Water Pollution Control Plant will ensure that Red Rock and Nipigon Bay residents have access to modern and reliable wastewater services for years to come," said Minister Hajdu. "This important project will help keep our waterways clean and our environment healthy for generations."

"Water quality is fundamental to healthy and sustainable communities. That's why our government is committed to improving how wastewater is managed as part of our Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan," said Parliamentary Assistant Khanjin. "Red Rock's new wastewater facility will help protect human health and the environment, and allow more use and enjoyment of Nipigon Bay."

"This new wastewater treatment project in Red Rock will benefit the people and the natural environment, protecting what matters most," said Minister McNaughton. "It's the right investment that will directly improve water quality on Nipigon Bay as well as drive economic development here in Northern Ontario."

"For the Township of Red Rock, this investment will ensure our community complies with current provincial water quality regulations and new federal rules that come into effect in 2030," said Mayor Nelson. "A new reliable wastewater system will ensure the township can accommodate future growth and draw more businesses to the area."

Quick Facts

  • Through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Plan, the Government of Canada is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
  • Nipigon Bay is identified as an Area of Concern under the Canada-United States Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement due to historic impacts on water quality, fish populations and fish habitat.
  • Nipigon Bay is also identified as an Area of Concern under the Canada-Ontario Agreement on Great Lakes Water Quality and Ecosystem Health 2014.
  • This new treatment plant in the Town of Red Rock will help protect and restore water quality and ecosystem health in the Nipigon Bay Area of Concern.
  • Planned infrastructure investments in Ontario for this fiscal year total $14.7 billion and reflects the government’s commitment to invest about $144 billion over the next 10 years.

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