Better wastewater treatment for Watson Lake residents

The governments of Canada and Yukon are committed to investing in local infrastructure that ensures Northern Canadians and their families have access to modern, reliable water and wastewater services that meet their unique needs.

The Honourable Larry Bagnell, Member of Parliament for Yukon, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and the Honourable John Streicker, Yukon Minister of Community Services, today announced funding for upgrades to the Watson Lake lagoon under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF). The federal government is providing $1,750,500 – up to 75 per cent of funding for this project – and the territorial government is providing over $583,500.

Thanks to this investment, residents of Watson Lake will benefit from improved, modern and reliable sewage lagoon to enhance the capacity of the town’s wastewater treatment system. These upgrades are essential to keeping our waterways clean and our communities healthy and livable.

This investment is part of an agreement between Canada and Yukon for the CWWF.

Quotes

"This infrastructure project is a good example of the federal and territorial governments working together to ensure that residents have access to modern and reliable wastewater services. Investments like the one announced today in the Town of Watson Lake help ensure that Northern communities remain strong and provide a high quality of life, while also contributing to cleaner waterways and a healthier environment."

The Honourable Larry Bagnell, Member of Parliament for Yukon, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

"Our government is committed to the betterment of Yukoners lives through community based infrastructure improvements such as this one. Watson Lake’s new sewage lagoon is the latest addition to the wastewater infrastructure we are modernizing as we fulfill our commitment to Yukoners, ensuring we all have access to vibrant, healthy, safe communities throughout the territory."

The Honourable John Streicker, Yukon Minister of Community Services

"The Town of Watson Lake is extremely pleased to be joining with Canada and Yukon to upgrade our sewage lagoon. The upgrades will allow our community to gain greatly needed capacity in our waste water treatment facility and allow us to provide a safe and environmentally compliant end product."

His Worship, Mayor Justin Brown, Town of Watson Lake

Quick Facts 
  • 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.

  • $26.9 billion of this funding will support green infrastructure projects, including $5 billion that will be available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.

  • $2 billion of this funding will support infrastructure projects that meet the unique needs of rural and northern communities like facilities to support food security, local access roads and enhanced broadband connectivity. In addition, $400 million will be delivered through the Arctic Energy Fund to advance energy security in the territories.

  • $4 billion of this funding will support infrastructure projects in Indigenous communities.

Contact 

Sunny Patch
Cabinet Communications
867-393-7478

Bonnie Venton Ross
Communications, Community Services
867-332-5513
bonnie.ventonross@gov.yk.ca

Kate Monfette
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
613-301-0894
kate.monfette@canada.ca

Cam Lockwood
Chief Administrative Officer
Town of Watson Lake
867-536-8000
cao@watsonlake.ca

Infrastructure Canada
613-960-9251
Toll free: 1-877-250-7154
Email: infc.media.infc@canada.ca
Twitter: @INFC_eng
Web: Infrastructure Canada

News release #: 
18-132