Canada's Oak Bay to receive $8.8 million sewer system overhaul

(UI) — Stormwater and wastewater infrastructure in Oak Bay is set to undergo a significant transformation, thanks to a combined investment exceeding $8.8 million from the federal and provincial governments, alongside contributions from the District of Oak Bay.

Minister Sean Fraser, Minister Anne Kang, and Mayor Kevin Murdoch jointly announced the initiative, aimed at revamping the sewer system in Oak Bay to address existing challenges and enhance environmental sustainability.

The funding will facilitate the enhancement of both stormwater and wastewater management, primarily by separating the current combined sewer system in the Uplands neighborhood of the district. This move comes in response to concerns regarding overflow during heavy rainfall, which can result in effluent discharge into local bodies of water. While efforts are made to filter out contaminants before reintroducing untreated water into the environment, overflows can still pose risks. By constructing new storm sewers and outfalls, the existing system will be dedicated solely to wastewater, mitigating the community's flood risks and reducing potential adverse environmental impacts.

Investments in local stormwater and wastewater infrastructure are deemed crucial for enhancing residents' quality of life, preserving waterways, and positioning communities for sustainable growth.

Through close collaboration with partners nationwide, the federal government aims to ensure Canadians have access to reliable, modern services that contribute to a sustainable future while minimizing adverse effects on the local environment.

In addition to the announcement, several quick facts highlight the specifics of the investment:

  • The federal government is allocating $3,535,580 through the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.
  • The provincial government is contributing $2,946,022, with the District of Oak Bay adding $2,357,349 to the project.
  • Today's announcement adds to nearly 100 infrastructure projects under the Green Infrastructure Stream in British Columbia, with a federal contribution exceeding $463.6 million and a provincial contribution nearing $305.1 million.

It's important to note that federal funding is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements related to consultation with Indigenous groups, underscoring the government's commitment to inclusive and consultative decision-making processes.

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