July 14/21, 2003

Federal infrastructure funds will improve wastewater treatment in Kingston, Thunder Bay

Two Ontario projects will receive a total of $50 million from the federal government's Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund. The projects will improve wastewater treatment in Kingston and Thunder Bay, Ont.

The Kingston project will involve upgrading the Ravensview water pollution control plant from primary to secondary treatment. This will significantly reduce dissolved contaminants in treated wastewater, ensure future compliance with the Ontario Ministry of Environment's Surface Water Quality Guidelines, and contribute to improving Great Lakes water quality.

The federal government will contribute up to $25 million toward the project, whose total cost is currently estimated at approximately $80 million. The city of Kingston will be providing the remaining funds over a period of five years, in the context of its Ravensview-Cataraqui-Harbour Front environmental upgrade project. A formal contribution agreement will be signed by the two levels of government within the next six months.

Another $25 million in federal funding will be directed towards the Thunder Bay project, which involves the upgrading of several combined sewer overflows and the extension of the city's continuing program for storm sewer separation. The city also plans to upgrade the existing water pollution control plant and install a new sanitary trunk sewer. The cost of this work is estimated at approximately $91 million.

Since the inception of the Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund, 17 infrastructure projects have been announced in all ten provinces. A total of $450 million from the fund has been committed to four major projects in Ontario.

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