Dedicated Fund for Wastewater Treatment Upgrades Needed
In a country like Canada, clean water should not be a challenge for any community.
That's why municipalities across the country continuously and publicly supported the Government of Canada's new national standards for Canada's more than 3,500 wastewater systems. The new federal Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulations require nearly one quarter of all wastewater treatment systems in Canada to be substantially retrofitted or replaced.
FCM supports the federal government's goal of protecting Canadian waters. Municipalities across Canada want to partner with the federal government to ensure that these new federal regulations can be effectively implemented.
A conservative estimate by FCM shows that meeting the regulations will require capital expenditures in excess of $18 billion dollars, with at least $3.4 billion of those costs being incurred before 2020.
FCM is calling for a new long-term dedicated federal fund of $300 million annually matched by local and provincial governments to assist communities with the capital cost of rebuilding their wastewater systems in the Budget 2015 submission, Strengthening Canada Through Our Hometowns.
More on the Federal Wastewater Regulations
This regulation will benefit all Canadians and the environment and requires continued inter-governmental partnership, and investments by all orders of government, to make its successful implementation a reality.