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Minister Chiarelli announces $2.9 from CWWF for Westport waste water construction

Please read the news release below.

Many thanks to all of you who showed up at Town Hall today, including our MPP Steve Clark.  It was fabulous to hear the announcement together.

I think it is timely to say, “Merry Christmas!”

Please relax and enjoy the read!!!!

News Release

Upgrading Water and Wastewater Services for Westport Residents

Large Sub-Surface Disposal System Will Provide More Reliable Year-Round Service

Ministry of Infrastructure

The governments of Ontario, Canada and the Village of Westport are supporting upgrades to water and wastewater infrastructure in the Village of Westport to ensure families have access to modern, reliable services that meet their needs. These investments safeguard the health and well-being of residents, protect waterways and preserve local ecosystems, while also laying the foundation for new economic opportunities.

Bob Chiarelli, Ontario Minister of Infrastructure and Robin Jones, Mayor of the Village of Westport today announced funding for a large sub-surface disposal system in the Village of Westport through the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund.

This new system will manage the distribution of treated effluent through pumps and valves controlled by an integrated supervisory control and data acquisition system. This project will ensure residents benefit year-round from more reliable wastewater treatment and distribution.

As part of this $2.9-million project, the federal government is providing $1.45 million, the provincial government is providing $725,000 of total eligible costs, with the Village of Westport funding the remaining $725,000 of the project costs.

Providing reliable water and wastewater services is part of Ontario’s plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is making the largest infrastructure investment in the province’s history—$190 billion over 13 years. To learn more about what’s happening in your community, visit Ontario.ca/BuildON.
  • This investment is part of an agreement between Ontario and Canada announced on September 14, 2016 for the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund.
  • The Government of Canada will invest more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities. $21.9 billion of this funding will support green infrastructure projects, including $5 billion that will be available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.

Additional Resources


Bob Chiarelli

“High-quality water and wastewater infrastructure is an essential part of building liveable communities. Our government’s $725,000 investment in Westport will enhance quality of life and make the village a more attractive place to start a family or small business. The Clean Water and Wastewater Fund is a testament to the fact that the people of Ontario are best served when all orders of government work together.”

Bob Chiarelli

Minister of Infrastructure

“Investing in water and wastewater treatment infrastructure is essential to maintaining a healthy environment and providing access to clean, reliable drinking water. The Government of Canada is working with provinces, territories and municipalities across the country to support important projects like the wastewater treatment and distribution system in the Village of Westport, which ensure that Canadian communities are healthy and sustainable now and for years to come.”

Amarjeet Sohi

Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

“The investments by the federal and provincial governments for the construction of a large sub-surface disposal system in the Village of Westport ensure that a reliable wastewater system will provide for the present and future needs of its residents and business owners. I would like to thank both orders of government for stepping up to help address the needs of my community and following through in such a positive, timely way.”

Robin Jones

Mayor, Village of Westport

Please join us at Town Hall tomorrow (Dec 1) for an announcement from Minister Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure, Province of Ontario

Media Advisory

Minister Chiarelli to Make an Announcement

Ministry of Infrastructure

Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure, will join Robin Jones, Mayor of the Village of Westport to make an announcement.

Date: Friday, Dec. 1, 2017
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: Village of Westport
Town Hall
30 Bedford St.
Westport, K0G 1X0

Click for an interactive map.

Photo opportunity: Minister Chiarelli and Mayor Jones will tour the project site immediately after the announcement.

Location: 9934 County Rd. 10 (Perth Rd.) Westport ON

Update on meeting with Minister Chiarelli – April 13, 2017

First, thank you to everyone who sent emails or left phone messages of encouragement for our meeting with the Minister.  They were appreciated.
Mr Paul Snider, CAO and I met with Robert Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure for 45 minutes yesterday afternoon at Queen’s Park.  Mr Steve Clarke, our MPP, joined us as well as senior staff from the Minister’s office and one from Minister Leal’s (OMAFRA) office.
The meeting with Minister Chiarelli was very positive.  He was well briefed and his own memory went back to the time when Snowfluent was installed.  He even recalled the design engineer’s name.  He listened and quickly discerned the significance of our situation with regard to the criticality of the project and the impact funding it without provincial government help will have on our Village.
The Minister has made the commitment to find a solution “sooner than later”.  We left the meeting feeling that progress had been made and are moderately optimistic.  Paul and the Minister’s staff will be communicating further over the next few weeks.
We also had the opportunity to encourage the OMAFRA staff to fulfill its commitment to a spring launch date of OCIF4.
We owe our gratitude to MPP Steve Clarke, who continued to work on our behalf with the Ministers, and was the key to arranging this meeting.  Thank you, Steve.


Last Friday, CAO Snider, Treasurer Koiner and I had a teleconference with a staff member from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), to discuss the short comings of our OCIF3 application.  It was during this discussion, that we learned that the launch for the next round of grants – OCIF4 – will be before the end of spring 2017.  This is significant as previous OCIF launches have been in the fall.  One of the conditions of the OCIF grant programme is that eligible expenses date back to the day of the launch.  What does this mean for Westport?  If we are successful getting OCIF4, all eligible expenses after the launch date (June 21) will the covered.

Accordingly, the work schedule has been adjusted by one month, so that work begins mid-June rather than mid-May.  We are, once again,  applying to the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change for approval to spray irrigate in order to avoid hauling.

The advocacy with the government, on behalf of the Village, continues.  I have a meeting with Minister Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure in Toronto on Thursday and continue to be in contact with the Premier’s office, pushing for a meeting with her.

Thank you to everyone who sent letters and emails to members of the Ontario government.  I can assure you that they have not fallen on deaf ears.