Ontario Helping Hamilton Build Storm and Wastewater Infrastructure

Published on January 28, 2022

Province investing nearly $25 million across Ontario to improve and build storm and wastewater infrastructure

News Release

As part of our plan to build sustainable infrastructure across Ontario, the province is investing nearly $25 million to build, upgrade and rehabilitate municipal storm and wastewater infrastructure, including $1,819,614 for the City of Hamilton.

“We know that in many municipalities across Ontario, critical storm and wastewater infrastructure are under pressure,” said David Piccini, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks. “Our government is investing $25 million to build the storm and wastewater infrastructure necessary to ensure cleaner water and tackle the pollution and toxic overflows facing communities across the province.”

Hamilton will be receiving funding to:

  • Improve the aging state of their storm and wastewater systems infrastructure to make them more efficient and reliable. Funding can be used to build stormwater infrastructure, upgrade their sewers and pumping stations and clean out debris from stormwater management ponds.
  • Upgrade their sewage monitoring and public reporting capacity. Funding can be used to purchase and install monitoring equipment and software to catch sewage overflows and bypasses when and where they happen and improve or implement real time public reporting systems.

“This is very welcome news for the Hamilton area and demonstrates our government’s commitment to protecting Ontario’s Great Lakes, local waterways, and communities from pollution and toxic overflows,” said MPP Donna Skelly. “Funding for the City of Hamilton coupled with a strong proposal for the mandated monitoring and reporting of sewage overflows will help ensure residents have continued access to safe and clean water.”

The Lake Ontario basin is the most populated area in Ontario and, as a result, the most impacted by aging and outdated municipal wastewater and stormwater systems. Wastewater and stormwater from urban areas can add pollutants, such as phosphorus to lakes and rivers, resulting in negative impacts on water quality and causing harmful algal blooms. In 2020, 597 tonnes of phosphorus were discharged into Lake Ontario by sewage treatment plants, with over 80 per cent of this discharge in the western part of Lake Ontario.

In addition to funding, our government is launching a public consultation and releasing a draft guidance document to improve wastewater and stormwater management and water conservation in Ontario.