Environmental infrastructure are critical public services (drinking water, wastewater and stormwater management) provided through complex and expensive infrastructure systems. These services are essential to protecting the environment, public health and economic well-being of communities. Provincial grants help support these essential investments.
Environmental infrastructure can be considered as "any capital asset that utilizes environmental resources to provide a community service."
The design and location of environmental infrastructure can have a significant effect on a region's economic growth, community livability and environmental health. Environmental infrastructure plays a fundamental role in protecting environmental health and fostering long-term economic well-being of communities. Excessive water demand, wastewater effluent and contaminated stormwater runoff can all jeopardize ecological integrity and community prosperity.