February 10, 2011 | Victoria, British Columbia

The proposed federal Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulations will lead to significant new costs for municipalities. Environment Canada estimates the nominal cost to implement the regulations in the 400 affected communities to be approximately $22 billion. Even if the federal and provincial governments help finance the upgrades to various wastewater systems across Canada, municipal governments will still have to finance a significant portion themselves.Sustainable Prosperity’s innovative work on Environmental Pricing Reform for Municipalities offers practical guidance for municipalities to raise the revenues they will need to finance capital projects – such as new wastewater collection and treatment infrastructure – and other initiatives in their communities.


  • David Thompson, Director, Sustainable Communities, Sustainable Prosperity
  • Berry Vrbanovic, Councillor, City of Kitchener, Ont., and FCM’s 1st Vice-President
  • Shannon Joseph, Policy Advisor, FCM