Approval of Federal PPP Canada Funding Extension

Mar 30, 2016

The Capital Regional District’s Chief Administrative Officer, Robert Lapham, has signed an extension of the conditional agreement with PPP Canada that will allow for a six-month funding extension while the committee continues to make progress on planning for enhanced wastewater treatment for the Core Area.

The extension was requested by the CRD and supported by the Province, and will extend the funding timeline until September 30, 2016. The PPP Canada funding component is $83.4 million to fund the Biosolids Energy Centre Project. It is one of the three federal government contributions to the project. There is also a provincial financial contribution.

“I would like to thank PPP Canada for the extension and I am grateful they recognize the progress we have made over the last few months,” said CRD Board Chair Barbara Desjardins. “I would also like to thank the Province for supporting us in this request as we strive to deliver a cost-effective and environmentally beneficial solution for our region.”

The extension is based on the submission of Amendment 10 to the Core Area Liquid Waste Management Plan (CALWMP), which the CRD submitted to the Province last week. The Province has committed to facilitate and support the current process through a technology review and active facilitation support so that the CRD can meet its accountability by 2020 as required by Federal and Provincial environmental regulations.

“Thanks to PPP Canada and our other federal and provincial funding partners for their faith in this project and ability to get the job done,” said CALWMC Chair Lisa Helps. “We’re on the path to developing a cost-effective solution that will satisfy our funders, our communities and our environment.”

For the latest Core Area wastewater planning updates, visit www.CoreAreaWastewater.ca

Celebrating 50 years! The CRD delivers regional, sub-regional and local services to 13 municipalities and three electoral areas on southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Governed by a 24 member Board of Directors, the CRD works collaboratively with First Nations and all levels of government to enable sustainable growth, enhance community well-being, and develop cost-effective infrastructure while continuing to provide core services to residents throughout the region.

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