Tuesday's federal budget might be the first step in finally keeping raw sewage out of the Ottawa River.
The city has a plan to build underground storage tanks to prevent overflows, but that hinges on $65 million from each of the three levels of government.
Mayor Jim Watson said the city's share is waiting to be topped up.
"I'm hoping the federal government is going to follow through with its commitment of the first two phases, that we see phase three," he said on Monday.
Last year, more than 235 million litres of a combination of storm and waste water found its way into the River.
Watson insisted any tie ups the city was previously experiencing with getting approval from the NCC for the underground sewage tunnel and tanks, since its federal land, have been resolved.
He hopes the project can break ground later this year or in 2015, and be complete by 2017 - when Canada celebrates its 150th birthday.