York Region, Ontario, November 9, 2020—The safety and well-being of Canadians remains the Government of Canada’s top priority as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. The federal government is taking decisive action to support families, businesses and communities, and continues to look ahead to see what more can be done. Investing in infrastructure to create jobs and strengthen local economies is a key part of these initiatives.
Today, Tony Van Bynen, Member of Parliament for Newmarket–Aurora and Helena Jaczek, Member of Parliament for Markham–Stouffville, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; and Wayne Emmerson, York Region Chairman and CEO, announced funding to upgrade the water supply, treatment, and storage of drinking water in northern York Region.
The northern York Region’s water supply, which is primarily sourced from lake water, is regularly impacted by extreme weather. The investment in groundwater treatment upgrades will improve the long-term reliability and robustness of the interconnected local groundwater supply system that is located in four communities.
The Government of Canada is investing over $18.1 million in this project through the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund (DMAF). The Regional Municipality of York is contributing more than $27 million to the project.
This is one of many flood-related projects funded in the Toronto area, including investments to combat erosion along the waterfront and in city ravines, as well as upgrading watermains and culverts across the city.