Clean Water and Wastewater Fund

Canada and British Columbia launched the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (Fund) in September 2016.

The Fund will help accelerate short-term local government investments, while supporting the rehabilitation of water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure, and the planning and design of future facilities and upgrades to existing systems.

Canada and British Columbia governments are investing up to $373.6 million under the Fund to support infrastructure projects in communities across the province. The Government of Canada will contribute $225.1 million and the Province of British Columbia will contribute $148.5 million to the total program funds.

The Fund offers funding up to a maximum of eighty-three percent (83%) of the total eligible project costs. Fifty percent (50%) is contributed by the Government of Canada and thirty-three percent (33%) by the Province of British Columbia.

Application Deadline

The application intake for the Fund closed on November 23, 2016. Review are in progress.

See Application Instructions & Tips (PDF, 384 KB) for more details.

The Fund will primarily focus investments on meeting immediate priorities for clean water and wastewater to support a cleaner and healthier environment for communities. These include:

  • the rehabilitation and optimization of water, wastewater and stormwater-related infrastructure;
  • improvement of asset management approaches including studies and pilot projects;
  • planning for future upgrades to wastewater treatment and collection infrastructure to meet applicable regulatory requirements; and,
  • new construction projects, including the construction of naturalized systems for management and treatment of wastewater and stormwater may also be considered if they can be completed within the program time-frame.

News Releases

On September 28, 2016 British Columbia’s commitment of $148.5 million in provincial funding to the program was confirmed. On September 30, 2016 (PDF, 78 KB) Canada and British Columbia signed the bilateral agreement and launched the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund. Thirty-five local government projects (PDF, 60 KB) were approved concurrently with the launch.

Contact Information

Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development

Infrastructure & Finance Branch

Telephone: 250 387-4060
4th Floor 800 Johnson St., Victoria, BC V8W 9T1
PO Box 9838 Stn Prov Govt, Victoria, BC V8W 9T1
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