York Region to Benefit from Flood Prevention Funding
April 25, 2019
York Region to Benefit from Flood Prevention Funding – Approximately 186,000 York Region residents in the communities of East Gwillimbury, Newmarket, Aurora, Markham and Vaughan will be benefitting from a federal government investment to reduce the risk of flooding.
Francois-Phillipe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities announced that the federal government will be investing $150-million in four major flooding and storm mitigation projects.
Markham, Vaughan and York Region are contributing a total of $252.7-million to the project. The City of Toronto will be receiving funding and will also be contributing to the overall project costs.
With a cost of $120-million the York Durham Sewage System Forcemain Twinning Project will twin the existing 35-year-old main sewage conduit to minimize potential spills, particularly during storms. This will protect the environment, reduce service interruptions and safeguard the health of over 133,000 residents for the communities of East Gwillimbury, Newmarket and Aurora.
The City of Markham Flood Control Project will help protect vulnerable areas from flooding for 18,000 residents in the Don Mills Employment Lands and the West Thornhill Community. This project will cost $121.6-million.
More than 35,000 people in Vaughan will benefit from stormwater flood mitigation projects that will improve water quality and reduce the impact of flooding. The total cost for this project will be $41.5-million.
Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti indicated, “through Markham’s Flood Control Project, we continue to upgrade existing infrastructure to improve flood resiliency and protect our neighbourhoods. This investment will increase capacity and reduce potential flood damage while protecting vulnerable homes and businesses now and for the future.”
In the City of Vaughan, Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua also mentioned, “it is our priority to make ongoing investments in the critical infrastructure that helps keep our residents safe, provides protection to our business community and maintains the high quality of life in our neighbourhoods.”
Construction on all the projects will start within the next two years and finish by 2025.
* York Region to Benefit from Flood Prevention Funding written by Benczik Team Realty
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