Clean Water and Waste Water Fund

PEI municipalities with green infrastructure projects are eligible to apply for the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF). Projects must be completed and all funds claimed by March 31, 2018. Please check with the Department to determine when new applications can be submitted for consideration.

The two-year federal/provincial funding agreement will support green infrastructure investments in the following categories:

  • Water rehabilitation
  • Wastewater and storm water infrastructure
  • Planning and design of future facilities, and
  • Upgrading existing facilities

How much funding support is available?

Funding for each project will be contributed as follows:

  • Federal sources (all): maximum 50 per cent for total eligible project expenses
  • Provincial sources: maximum 25 percent for total eligible project expenses
  • Municipal: -funding recipients must match the provincial contribution (25 percent) plus cover any cost overruns and ineligible costs for the project.

What projects are eligible for CWWF funding?

The following projects are eligible for funding:

  • Capital projects for the rehabilitation of water treatment and distribution systems, as well as wastewater and storm water collection, conveyance and treatment systems;
  • Separation of existing combined sewers and/or combined sewer overflow control;
  • Initiatives that support system optimization and improved asset management including studies and pilot projects related to innovative and transformative technologies;
  • Design and planning for upgrades to wastewater treatment infrastructure to meet federal regulatory requirements; and
  • New construction projects, including the construction of naturalized systems for management and treatment of wastewater and storm water, if the projects can be completed within the program timeframe.

Is funding available for more than one project?

You can submit more than one application. Please order your projects to clearly indicate which are of the highest priority.

What information is required for the application?

The following information and documentation is required with the application:

Financial information:

  1. Total estimated project cost (eligible and ineligible, includes HST)
  2. Federal, provincial and recipient funding under the CWWF; and
  3. Other sources of funding (if applicable)

 Eligible expenditures include:

  1. All costs considered by Canada to be direct and necessary for the successful implementation of an eligible project;
  2. Aboriginal consultation and accommodation costs (where appropriate); and
  3. Costs incurred between April 1 ,2016 and March 31, 2018

Ineligible costs include:

  1. Costs incurred prior to April 1, 2016 and after March 31, 2018;
  2. Costs incurred for cancelled or withdrawn projects;
  3. Land acquisition; leasing land, buildings and other facilities; leasing equipment other than equipment directly related to the construction of the project; real estate fees and related costs;
  4. Financing charges, legal fees and loan interest payments, (including those related to easements (e.g. surveys);
  5. Any in-kind or donated goods and services costs;
  6. Goods and Services Tax and any other costs eligible for rebates; and
  7. Costs associated with operating expenses and regularly scheduled maintenance work.

Estimates and Timelines:

Please provide accurate estimates and timelines for the project and claim submissions. This estimate should be based on the proposed project start date and previous projects and claim processes.

Note: You must sign the project declaration stating that your project can be completed before the deadline.  If the project cannot be completed by the March 2018 deadline, please complete the section 9.1 “Proposed Project Financing” on the application.

Additional applicant responsibilities:

  1. Tendering -You must follow the procurement guidelines of the Atlantic Procurement Agreement on Internal Trade
  2. Insurance - The “Government of Prince Edward Island” must be added as an “Additional Insured” to all insurance policies of the funding recipient and all contractors working on the project. This insurance requirement should be included in all tender documents. Claims will not be reimbursed without proper insurance documentation.
  3. Incrementality - You must prove that your project would not otherwise be undertaken during this two-year period without federal funding.
  4. Environmental Assessment - Projects must meet all applicable federal and provincial environmental legislation and standards and all permits and approvals from local, regional or provincial governments must be granted. Any project that meets the definition of a designated project or is located on federal land requires a Federal Environmental Assessment (FEA).
  5. Aboriginal Consultation - Specify if the project is subject to Aboriginal consultation. Consultation with Aboriginal groups is required for projects located in an area where Aboriginal communities have potential or established Aboriginal or Treaty Rights.
  6. Communications and public events - Eligible cost estimates for required communication such as federal and provincial signage must be included on the application in order to be reimbursed.Please note: Communications staff at the provincial department of Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy must be notified of scheduled public events related to the project at least 20 working days in advance to allow for  federal and provincial minister (or designate) scheduling.
  7. Project amendments will not be considered.

The Province reserves the right on behalf of the Government of Canada to request additional information for review and approval purposes.

How do we apply for funding?

Currently no applications are being accepted for the CWWF. The Infrastructure Secretariat will advise all potential eligible recipients of any future calls for applications.


Published date: 
June 2, 2016
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