On Friday, July 23, 2021, the government of Canada and province of Manitoba announced a funding agreement that will put $212.8 million dollars into upgrades at the North End Sewage Treatment Plant in Winnipeg.
Opened in 1937 the facility is the oldest and largest in the city and is responsible for processing about 70 per cent of Winnipeg’s waste water. Due to the growth of the city and increasing environmental protections the plant must now be upgraded to increase its capacity.
“Investing in renewing or modernizing our public infrastructure is essential to sustain healthy and resilient communities. The North End Sewage Treatment Plant project will ensure continuous and reliable services, help protect the environment, and will also increase capacity in the region for current and future development. Canada’s infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs across the country, and builds cleaner, more inclusive communities,” said Dan Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs and member of Parliament for Saint Boniface–Saint Vital.
The project will include the addition of new raw sewage pumps, plate screens, grit washing units as well as installing monitoring systems, adding standby pumps that can help during extreme flow conditions and planting vegetation and other windbreaks in critical areas.
Canada is providing more that $116.1 million to the project while Manitoba is investing $96.7 million and the City is in for more than $143 million.
“Building on previous investments by the City of Winnipeg, today’s funding announcement from the federal and provincial governments is a vital step toward better protecting the health of Lake Winnipeg and ensuring future growth in Winnipeg,” said City of Winnipeg mayor, Brian Bowman. “This project is another successful example of all three levels of government working together with significant funding for the benefit of Winnipeggers.”
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