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)

Proposed Amendments to the Wells Regulation

The Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks is seeking public input on proposed updates to the Wells Regulation (Regulation 903) under the Ontario Water Resources Act to reduce administrative burden on the well construction industry, while maintaining protections for the environment, human health and public safety, and consumers.

The proposed amendments would:

  • modify minimum insurance requirements for licensed well contractors to match insurance policies available in the marketplace;
  • update well casing standards; and
  • allow placement of shallow well screens for test holes and dewatering wells.

To comment on the proposal, and for further details on the proposed amendments, please visit the Environmental Registry website at  Comments will be accepted until November 27, 2019.

If you have any other questions, please contact


Ryerson-WWF Road Salt Reduction Workshop

You are formally invited to The Ryerson Road Salt Reduction Workshop. The workshop will unveil the results from the Ryerson-WWF 2018-2019 Road Salt Reduction Project and support roundtable discussions on removing barriers to road salt reduction.

Happening on Monday October 28th at 9:30am- 11:30am

Located at Ryerson University in Room CUI-317

Please RSVP to Tanmay Vasa at

Please click here to view agenda 


New Individual Membership Promotion

New Individual Membership Promotion is here. Join before December 31 to take advantage of the benefits of connecting with local professionals at networking events and exchanging ideas for making a difference in your community, while advancing in your career.

Join today and receive this AWWA mug. Use Promo code FALLMUG at checkout


Construct Canada at The Building Show

The OWWA Construction Committee will participate in Construct Canada 2019 at The Buildings Show. Come see the OWWA Booth in the South hall from December 4-6 2019! We represent Owners, Consultants, and Contractors in the water industry. Come find out what the committee has been working on, and how to get involved.

New Student Membership Promotion

A Better World Through Better Water!

The Student Membership Promotion is back! The campaign is running from September to December 31. Join today and you will receive complimentary swag!

You can make a difference in people’s lives by becoming a part of the global water
community! AWWA unites a diverse water community to advance public health, safety,
the economy, and the environment.

Join here! 

MEA Annual Workshop – Registration Now Open!

The Municipal Engineers Association’s Annual Workshop & AGM is being held from November 26 to 29 at the Blue Mountain Resort. The Workshop is expected to draw over 150 professional engineers/technical staff from municipalities across the province, consultants and agencies.

This year, the MEA Workshop’s theme of “For All Seasons” is about the meaning of being a smaller municipality geared towards the tourism industry providing amenities for people of all ages and abilities. This year’s Workshop is strategically located at prestigious Blue Mountain Resort and is hosted by the three very distinct municipalities of Collingwood, Wasaga Beach and the Town of The Blue Mountains.

View the Technical Program and Schedule of Events/Activities here

CLICK HERE to register. You  may also submit your registration by email/fax by downloading the registration form.

Ontario’s Water Conference & Trade Show Call For Abstracts

The 2020 Call for Abstracts is now open!

Be a part of the 2020 dynamic Conference program by submitting your innovative session abstract(s). The Conference continues to be the preeminent drinking water Conference in Ontario, consistently attracting over 1,000 delegates from all areas of our industry: operators and owners, manufacturers and suppliers, consultants, academics and regulators. The Trade Show has more than 100 exhibitors representing manufacturers and suppliers of products and services to the water industry. Don’t miss this opportunity to share your knowledge at Ontario’s Water Conference & Trade Show!

The objective of the Conference program is to create an environment for knowledge creation and exchange by examining:

  • New ideas and approaches to problem solving
  • Leading-edge and topical presentations
  • Opportunities to connect with key individuals and organizations across the drinking water industry

Don’t miss the deadline of October 28!

Submit your abstract here 

Ontario Environmental Mission to Mexico

Green Expo and Aquatech 2019
Mexico City, September 2-5, 2019

Expand your cleantech business to Mexico, home to a rapidly-growing cleantech sector that serves over 120 million residents.  The Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade (MEDJCT) invites eligible Ontario environmental companies to join our mission to Green Expo 2019 and Aquatech, September 2–5 in Mexico City. Ontario participants will share an Ontario Canada-branded pavilion space and have the opportunity to meet with interested Mexican buyers.

Mission Details

  • Cost of registration:  $1,500 CAD
  • Space is limited and space will be awarded to qualified applicants on a first-come, first-served basis

Benefits offered exclusively to Ontario pavilion companies:

  • Visible presence as part of the Ontario pavilion at a key industry event including Inclusion in a bilingual show directory.
  • Access to two major, co-located cleantech events.
  • On-site sales introductions with potential buyers and partners

About Green Expo and Aquatech Shows in Mexico City

The Green Expo is Mexico’s premier event focused on environment and water management sectors.  In 2018 the Green Expo hosted close to 200 exhibitors from 34 countries and had 9,500 attendees.

Adjacent to the Green Expo is the Aquatech Mexico conference, the largest event for water technology in Mexico.  Aquatech is an international exhibition that presents innovative solutions and treatments for the water sector, integrating the most advanced technology for the water industry

Preliminary Program

Mon, Sept 2nd – Arrival of mission participants to mission hotel

Tue, Sept 3rd – Briefing session and set up

Wed, Sept 4th – Exhibition and B2B program at Green Expo and Aquatech

Thu, Sept 5th – Exhibition and B2B program at Green Expo and Aquatech

Other Expenses

Airfare: Participants are responsible for their own travel costs/arrangements.

Ground Transportation: Mission organizers will pre-arrange local transportation for site visits.

Accommodation: Participants are responsible for their own hotel and meal costs.

To Register for the Mission 

Please send us an email by August 7, 2019. Space is limited; a maximum of two persons per company will be considered. For further information, please contact the Area Director, Mexico for the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade (MEDJCT):

Fabiola Sicard


Événements The Green Expo 2019 et Aquatech
Mexico, du 2 au 5 septembre 2019

Faites croître votre entreprise de technologies propres au Mexique, où l’on retrouve un secteur de technologies propres en pleine croissance au service de plus de 120 millions d’habitants.  Le ministère du Développement économique, de la Création d’emplois et du Commerce (MDECEC) de l’Ontario invite les entreprises environnementales ontariennes admissibles à se joindre à la mission de l’Ontario aux événements The Green Expo 2019 et Aquatech, à Mexico, du 2 au 5 septembre. Les participants ontariens partageront un pavillon aux couleurs du Canada et auront la chance de rencontrer des acheteurs mexicains intéressés.

Détails de la mission

  • Coût d’inscription : 1 500 $ CA
  • Le nombre de places est limité et la priorité sera accordée aux demandeurs admissibles selon le principe du premier arrivé, premier servi.

Avantages offerts exclusivement aux entreprises du pavillon de l’Ontario :

  • Présence visible au pavillon de l’Ontario dans le cadre d’un événement majeur de l’industrie, notamment l’inclusion dans un répertoire bilingue
  • Accès aux deux événements majeurs liés aux technologies propres regroupés au même endroit
  • Présentations de vente sur place avec des acheteurs et des partenaires potentiels

Au sujet des événements The Green Expo et Aquatech à Mexico

The Green Expo est l’événement le plus important au Mexique pour les secteurs de la gestion de l’environnement et de l’eau.  En 2018, l’événement a attiré près de 200 exposants provenant de 34 pays et plus de 9 500 visiteurs.

La conférence Aquatech Mexico, l’événement le plus important pour les technologies de l’eau au Mexique, aura lieu en parallèle de l’événement The Green Expo.  Aquatech est une exposition internationale qui présente des solutions et des traitements novateurs pour le secteur de l’eau, intégrant les technologies les plus évoluées de ce secteur.

Programme préliminaire

Lundi 2 septembre – Arrivée des participants à l’hôtel de la mission

Mardi 3 septembre – Séance d’information et installation

Mercredi 4 septembre – Exposition et programme interentreprises aux événements The Green Expo et Aquatech

Jeudi 5 septembre – Exposition et programme interentreprises aux événements The Green Expo et Aquatech

Autres dépenses

Tarif aérien : Les participants doivent assumer leurs frais et préparatifs de transport.

Transport terrestre : Les organisateurs de la mission prendront des dispositions à l’avance pour assurer le transport local des visites d’établissements.

Hébergement : Les participants doivent assumer leurs frais d’hébergement et de repas.

Contactez nous avant le 7 août 2019. Le nombre de places est limité. Un maximum de deux personnes par entreprise sera pris en compte.

Pour obtenir de plus amples renseignements, veuillez communiquer avec la directrice régionale, Mexique du ministère du Développement économique, de la Création d’emplois et du Commerce (MDECEC) de l’Ontario :

Fabiola Sicard
647 205-7133

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