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Policy Recommendation


The federal wastewater systems effluent regulations announced on July 18, 2012 established new national standards for Canada’s wastewater treatment systems. 185 of 186 systems in Newfoundland and Labrador requiring upgrades need to do so by 2020. It is estimated that $500 million will be needed to build the required treatment facilities, in addition to additional assessment, planning, and operating costs. The introduction of new regulations has not been followed up with appropriate financial support for municipalities to meet new federal legislation. There are numerous firms in Newfoundland and Labrador that provide wastewater treatment solutions which have the capabilities and expertise to assist municipalities in complying with these federal requirements.

  • Action Recommended:
    Newfoundland and Labrador to actively work with the federal government to create and provide the necessary support mechanisms for municipalities affected by new regulations.


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