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Ontario Investing in Green Infrastructure to Help Smaller Communities

Ontario Investing in Green Infrastructure to Help Smaller Communities
New projects will focus on tackling immediate, critical local water, wastewater and stormwater needs
October 25, 2019 11:00 A.M.

Toronto — Ontario is bringing infrastructure investments to small communities, helping them
rehabilitate critical water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure and drive local economic growth.

Starting on Monday October 28, communities in Ontario with populations under 100,000 can apply
for funding to support infrastructure through the Green Infrastructure stream.

The Green Infrastructure stream is the fourth (4th) stream Ontario is opening under the joint
federal/provincial Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP).

“The people of Ontario have water-related infrastructure needs, and we are helping them to fill the
gaps, especially for projects that address critical health and safety concerns in our communities,”
said Laurie Scott, Minister of Infrastructure. “These investments make our local infrastructure safer
and more reliable and give them the ability to grow economically.”

The initial intake of the Green Infrastructure stream targets projects in communities where it is
needed most. Municipalities, First Nations, along with Local Service Boards, Conservation
Authorities and other not-for-profit entities who own eligible infrastructure assets may apply for
project funding up to a maximum of $3 million in total per project for eligible costs.

Approximately $200 million dollars is available in federal and provincial funding.

“Our economy, our communities and our families all rely on good infrastructure,” said Minister Scott.
“The Province understands there is demand for our investments in these critical projects, including
tackling immediate, critical local water, wastewater and stormwater needs.”

The Province anticipates launching an additional intake of the Green Infrastructure stream in 2020
that could focus on other emerging priorities for water, wastewater and stormwater projects and/or
disaster mitigation.

The Province also anticipates the Green Infrastructure stream will be very competitive.

The Green Infrastructure stream, as per federal parameters, aims to support the reduction of
greenhouse gas emissions, enable greater adaptation and resilience to the impacts of extreme
weather and disaster mitigation. It also helps ensure communities can provide clean air and safe
drinking water for everyone.

• The current application intake for the Green Infrastructure stream will open on October 28,
2019 to 408 eligible municipalities, 127 First Nations, nine Local Services Boards, as well as
Conservation Authorities, and not-for-profit organizations with water, wastewater and
stormwater infrastructure.
• Eligible applicants will have up to 12 weeks with a deadline of January 22, 2020 to submit
applications for provincial review and nomination to the federal government through the
Transfer Payment Ontario website.
• The Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) is a $30-billion, 10-year infrastructure
program cost-shared between federal, provincial and municipal governments. Ontario’s share
per project will be up to 33.33 per cent, or $10.2 billion spread across four streams: Rural and
Northern, Public Transit, Green, and Community, Culture and Recreation (CCR).
• Projects will be evaluated in alignment with previous ICIP programs with a focus on health and
safety. Further details are outlined in the Program Guidelines.
• On September 3, 2019, Ontario opened the application intake for the CCR stream. The
provincial and federal funding for the stream, which closes November 12, will go towards
investing in local community centres, cultural facilities and recreational infrastructure.
• The Province has nominated 351 projects to the federal government under three streams of
the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.

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Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines Announcement: Better for People, Smarter for Business Act

On October 28, 2019, a package of over 80 proposed actions was announced by the Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction under the Better for People, Smarter for Business Act. The Act, if passed, will simplify and modernize regulations to lower the cost of doing business by making it simpler and cheaper to comply with regulations, while also making it easier to interact with government.

The seven proposed actions assigned to the Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines include proposed changes to EWRB and Green Button, as follows:

Proposed change to EWRB (O.Reg. 506/18)

The Energy and Water Reporting and Benchmarking (EWRB) program allows building owners to review a building’s energy and water use and compare its own past performance and the performance of other similar buildings. Having access to this information helps them manage energy and water usage and costs to make decisions on cost effective investments for future energy efficiency upgrades. However, for smaller building owners with fewer staffing resources, the reporting requirements can be burdensome. That’s why we are proposing to make changes to the EWRB initiative to stop further roll-out that would increase reporting burden on building owners whose buildings are under 100,000 sq ft and allow them access to the reporting tools on a voluntary basis.

Green Button 

Most Ontarians have limited access to their energy data and have no way of assessing their consumption. There’s no better way to take control of our in-home energy usage, and bring down costs, than by monitoring our use. That’s why we’re currently exploring the potential costs of expanding Green Button — Connect My Data to give Ontarians more choice and flexibility, including the ability to monitor their energy usage and make better choices about their energy usage. This initiative is part of an effort by our government to respond to consumer demands, promote innovation in the sector, help the environment and drive energy savings.

The proposal regarding EWRB is posted on Ontario’s Regulatory Registry:

Proposed amendment to O.Reg 506/18 (Reporting of Energy Consumption and Water Use) to stop further rollout to buildings under 100,000 square feet. (click to view) (click to view)

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