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Groundwater Sustainability Assessment Guidance for Canadians

Posted on March 21, 2017
Groundwater is the primary source of water for almost ten million Canadians. It is critical to human health, to important aspects of the economy, and to the viability of many ecosystems. With the interests of Canadians in mind, the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) has developed and tested an approach for assessing the sustainability of groundwater resources at a local, regional or Canada-wide scale. The resulting Groundwater Sustainability Assessment Approach (GSAA), is a high-level framework that can be interpreted for application across various scales, locations and circumstances. To support the use of [...]

RBC Study Shows Public Support for Municipal Action on Water

Posted on March 20, 2017
There is good news for Canadian municipalities in the RBC Canadian Water Attitudes Study. Canadians strongly support the safeguarding of their water. As Canadian municipalities continue to upgrade, invest, and innovate in water systems and resource management, they won’t face a challenge in having a citizen mandate to do so. But the study also found that Canadians are unsure of how these systems are paid for and are unclear about the role they play in conserving water resources. According to the study, Canadians prioritize drinking water infrastructure second only to hospitals, with 31 per cent of respondents saying drinking [...]

Canada and Quebec Provide $62M for 36 Water Projects

Posted on March 20, 2017
The governments of Canada and Quebec will provide $62 million to fund 36 projects to improve water infrastructure in the Chaudiere-Appalaches region, investing in projects to ensure that water and wastewater systems in the province are up to date, efficient, and meet communities' increasing capacity needs. These investments will also help create jobs and grow the economy. Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Member of Parliament for Québec, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, and Dominique Vien, Minister responsible for Labour, Minister responsible for the Chaudière-Appalaches region [...]

Tenth Edition of the RBC Water Attitudes Study Reveals Impact of a Decade of Investment in Freshwater

Posted on March 20, 2017
In its tenth year, the 2017 Canadian Water Attitudes Study was released by RBC today providing an in-depth examination of how Canadians think, feel, and act regarding our fresh water. As part of RBC’s 10-year global commitment to help protect freshwater resources in Canada, the Water Attitudes Survey serves as both a benchmark of progress made and barometer of the freshwater issues that matter most to Canadians. Robert Haller, executive director of the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association commented on the fact that, in addition to being released during Canadian Water Week, the survey comes in time for the next federal budget [...]

Axine Receives $1M to Pursue Innovative Wastewater Tech

Posted on March 20, 2017
Axine Water Technologies has received $1 million from the Government of Canada’s Western Innovation Initiative (WINN) to deploy its disruptive, electrochemical oxidation technology for treating toxic wastewater at customer sites in the chemical manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, microelectronics, and other water-intensive industries. The funding was announced on March 15 at the #BCTECH Summit in Vancouver by Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. Axine Water is one of 12 companies highlighted by the minister in the current $14.8 million announcement of funding. The WINN program provides $100 million [...]

White Rock Receives Federal Funding for Arsenic Treatment

Posted on March 20, 2017
White Rock, B.C., has received nearly $12 million in funding from the governments of Canada and British Columbia to help deliver a $14.2 million arsenic and manganese treatment processes to address water quality in the city. The funding is part of the recently announced $373 million being delivered in British Columbia under the under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund. For more than 100 years, water services in White Rock had been owned and operated by private operators. The city acquired the White Rock water utility from a private utility company in October 2015 with an advance payment of $14 million and continues to work with the [...]

B.C., Feds to Fund 144 New Water and Wastewater Projects

Posted on March 17, 2017
The federal and British Columbia governments have announced funding for 144 new water and wastewater infrastructure projects across the province. Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Peter Fassbender, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, announced a combined $373.2 million for 144 new projects in British Columbia through the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF). The federal government is providing up to 50 per cent of funding—more than $186.6 million— and the Province is investing nearly $123.2 million. Local governments are contributing the balance of $63.4 million. Funding will [...]

Alberta 2017 Budget Includes $100M for Water on Reserves

Posted on March 17, 2017
The Alberta Government has released its Budget 2017, which includes $100 million in new funding to support access to water systems throughout the province, providing access to clean water for Indigenous peoples. Alberta’s provisions for water access to Indigenous people and people living on reserve is to maintain its commitment to the U.N. Declaration of Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The capital investments are meant to support the “integration of regional drinking water systems with federally-supported water systems for Alberta’s Indigenous communities.” Water management and stewardship in Alberta’s parks has been allocated [...]

Manitoba Red Tape Reduction Bill to Affect Drinking Water, Groundwater

Posted on March 17, 2017
Manitoba has given a first reading to its Red Tape Reduction and Government Efficiency Act, 2017, or Bill 24. The changes would impact The Drinking Water Safety Act and The Groundwater and Water Well Act, among others. The proposed legislation is intended to “reduce outdated, contradictory, complicated or ineffective regulatory requirements imposed on businesses, industry and local governments,” said Manitoba Finance Minister Cameron Friesen in a press release. The province stated that specific changes to the groundwater act would eliminate a provision that requires identification plates on all drilling machines and reports from [...]

$459M Wastewater Treatment Facility to Begin Construction

Posted on March 17, 2017
Construction is imminent on Vancouver Island’s expanded wastewater infrastructure in the Capital Regional District (CRD). The governments of Canada and British Columbia are investing a total of approximately $459 million in the planned wastewater infrastructure. Construction gets underway in April on the redesigned McLoughlin Point Wastewater Treatment Plant in the Township of Esquimalt. The $385 million project is being funded by the Government of Canada, the Government of British Columbia, and the CRD. In 2014, Esquimalt rejected a necessary rezoning that would allow the McLoughlin Point facility to get underway. The CRD appealed [...]
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