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Nunavut Community Adds New Water Treatment Facility

Posted on February 15, 2017
Kugluktuk, Nunavut, opened three new community buildings, including its new water treatment facility and a six-bay garage for water and wastewater trucks. The Government of Canada contributed $1,812,957 through the Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund for the new water treatment plant, as well as $300,000 through the federal Gas Tax Fund for the six-bay garage. Peter Taptuna, Premier, Nunavut MLA for Kugluktuk, said of the new infrastructure projects, "Through partnership at all levels, the Government of Nunavut is helping to build capacity in communities throughout the territory. The hamlet administration and residents of Kugluktuk [...]

$24.7 M for First Nations Resilience to Flooding and Rising Seas

Posted on January 20, 2017
The Government of Canada has announced that it will invest $24.7 in First Nations climate resilience. Called First Nations Adapt, the program will direct funds towards identifying and ameliorating the impacts of climate change on essential infrastructure in communities on reserve. The program, announced Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous Affairs and Northern Development, provides direct funding to First Nations communities experiencing repeated and severe climate impacts relating to coastal erosion and sea level rise, flooding, forest fires, and winter road conditions. Projects funded by First Nations Adapt will help local communities [...]

$181M Will Help Protect Watercourses at Oil Site Clean Up in N.W.T.

Posted on December 21, 2016
Imperial Oil has committed a $181M security for the cleanup of its oilfield in Norman Wells, North West Territories. The site remediation plan emphasizes protection of natural watercourses in the region. The Norman Wells extraction site has been in operation since the 1920s when the first well was drilled on the banks of the Mackenzie River east of the Bosworth Creek delta. Currently, the operation produces approximately 1,900 cubic metres of oil per day from 353 operating wells. The current site. Source: Interim Closure and Reclamation Plan A part of the company’s renewal of its water licence in March, 2015, was the provision [...]

WWF-Canada Tells Canada to Regulate Arctic Wastewater

Posted on December 12, 2016
WWF-Canada has released a statement urging Transport Canada, which is currently revising safety and pollution regulations, to officially adopt the same or stronger levels of regulations on grey water discharged in waters north of 60 degrees latitude as apply south of 60. The release stated that, although untreated grey water has similar pollution impacts as sewage, ships passing through Arctic waters in Canada are not expected to adhere to any specific regulations for dumping this harmful waste and that Transport Canada rules are much more stringent for waters below the 60th parallel. Transport Canada does have extensive regulations [...]

Mackenzie DataStream Launches on Parliament Hill

Posted on November 23, 2016
Last night on Parliament Hill, senior officials and staffers joined The Gordon Foundation to celebrate the official launch of Mackenzie DataStream—an open access, independent platform that was built through a unique public-private partnership between The Gordon Foundation and the Government of the Northwest Territories. "It's an honour to host The Gordon Foundation as they launch Mackenzie DataStream today in Ottawa," said Jonathan Wilkinson, parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change. "This project represents an opportunity for communities within the Mackenzie Basin to get involved and play an important [...]

Over $48 Million in Combined Funding to Go to Nunavut Water and Wastewater Projects

Posted on September 7, 2016
The governments of Canada and Nunavut announced a bilateral agreement that will make more than $48 million in combined funding available to Nunavut communities under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund. The Government of Canada is providing over $36 million for three projects to rehabilitate and improve the community water and wastewater systems in the territory. The Government of Nunavut and communities are also providing over $12 million for these projects. The Government of Nunavut will identify additional projects for Phase 1 funding in the coming months. An initial list of three approved projects under the new funding [...]

More than $68 Million Invested in Northwest Territories Water Infrastructure Projects

Posted on September 7, 2016
The governments of Canada and Northwest Territories announced an agreement for joint investment of $68 million for water and wastewater projects across the Territory. The federal government is providing over $51 million and community governments of the Northwest Territories are providing over $17 million for 29 projects to rehabilitate and improve the community water and wastewater systems across the territory. The largest projects identified in the announcement include a water and sewer pipe replacement in the City of Yellowknife ($13.7 million), sewer outfall replacement for the Town of Inuvik ($7.5 million), and sewer main replacement [...]

GOC Announced World's Largest Water Research Investment of $78 million

Posted on September 6, 2016
Today, the Government of Canada announced a $77.8 million investment into water research at the University of Saskatchewan through the Canada First Research Excellence Fund. The funding is part of an investment of $900 million in 13 post-secondary institutions to  invest in areas where Canada's post-secondary research institutions have the key research strengths to become global leaders. The water research network, led by the University of Saskatchewan, will involve more than 380 Canadian university researchers in a wide range of disciplines, along with eight federal departments, 28 provincial agencies, seven Indigenous communities [...]

Ontario Investing $1.5 Million to Improve Moosonee's Water Supply

Posted on August 15, 2016
Ontario is providing the Town of Moosonee with up to $1.5 million to help replace water mains and sanitary sewer mains—part of the government's expanded funding to help small, rural, and northern communities build or repair critical infrastructure. Premier Kathleen Wynne made the announcement in Moosonee as part of a week-long trip to more than a dozen communities across the North. The investment is through the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF), which gives communities access to stable and predictable annual funding for roads, bridges, water and sewer systems, and other key infrastructure. In February, the Premier [...]

First Two Years of Yukon Water Strategy Show Great Progress

Posted on August 9, 2016
Two years after the release of Water for Nature, Water for People: Yukon Water Strategy and Action Plan, the Government of Yukon continues to make significant progress towards meeting its water management goals, Minister of Environment Wade Istchenko announced today. Istchenko said, “Over the last two years we have greatly expanded the water monitoring network across the territory and have taken steps to improve wastewater treatment. The Yukon government is committed to ensuring that all Yukoners have access to safe drinking water, and to protecting water for nature.” Yukon’s water strategy and action plan recognizes the [...]
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