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‘Pipe dream’: fixing water and sewer infrastructure with corporations

Momentum is building behind the idea of taking responsibility for building and operating local drinking water and sewage systems out of the hands of Ontario municipalities and placing it with independent organizations known as municipal service corporations (MSC). 
In its February 2022 final report, the Ontario Housing Affordability Task Force recommended the province “work with municipalities to develop and implement” a model that would see MSCs take on the costs of water and wastewater management instead of municipalities, which rely mostly on development charges and property taxes to cover water and sewer costs.

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