OTTAWA, Nov. 20, 2018 /CNW/ – Investing in innovative municipal infrastructure projects contributes to a clean growth economy and strengthens the middle class by ensuring communities are healthy and sustainable places to live.
The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Vicki-May Hamm, President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) announced over $4.5 million in funding for 109 new initiatives in communities across Canada through three programs: the Green Municipal Fund (GMF), the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP), and the Municipal Asset Management Program (MAMP).
The Government of Canada believes that local leaders know best what their communities need and is committed to working with them to strengthen their infrastructure. Municipalities are implementing some of Canada's most advanced green solutions, reducing Canada's greenhouse gas emissions and supporting local priorities such as improving public transit, saving energy and improving waste management.
The projects announced today demonstrate the work being done in municipalities large and small. Examples include:
- The City of Moncton in New Brunswick will use funding from GMF to replace an oil-fired boiler with a biomass boiler as part of a pilot project to test a low-carbon district energy system at its municipal operations centre. Operating costs and greenhouse gas emissions reductions will be tracked over the 18-month period with the objective of lowering their carbon footprint and increasing local energy resilience.
- The Quebec municipalities of Beloeil, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Saint-Zotique and Varennes are using funding from MCIP to develop climate adaptation plans. Each municipality will adopt a clear, simple, and concrete greening strategy aimed at reducing ambient heat and mitigating the issue of stormwater management. Their plans will also look for the best strategies to mobilize the public, businesses, and industries and engage them in the process.
- The County of Kneehill, Alberta will use funding from MAMP to strengthen its asset management program. By developing new assessment protocols and lifecycle strategies, local planners and decision-makers will be able to produce more accurate forecasting and long-term financial reporting, ultimately strengthening infrastructure investment decisions.
“The Government of Canada is committed to investing in local innovative green infrastructure to help municipalities take action on climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. These local investments contribute to a clean growth economy on a national level and provide municipalities with the right tools to assess, prioritize and build infrastructure for the next century.”
The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
“We are proud to support the great work being done in municipalities to make Canada a cleaner and healthier place for everyone. A clean energy future starts at the local level, and we are working closely with communities of all sizes to support initiatives that drive economic growth, cut pollution and create high-quality, middle-class jobs for Canadians.”
The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources
“Today's announcement highlights how municipal leaders across Canada are innovating to build more sustainable, resilient and livable communities. Thanks to our partnership with the Government of Canada, our programs support local solutions with national impact, contributing to infrastructure renewal and our transition to a low-carbon economy.”
Vicki-May Hamm, FCM President
- The Green Municipal Fund (GMF) supports initiatives that advance innovative solutions to environmental challenges. These projects improve air, water and land quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and generate economic and social benefits to local communities. Through GMF, municipalities share lessons learned and successful new models for advancing sustainability in communities of all sizes in all regions across Canada. GMF is a $625 million program, delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and funded by the Government of Canada.
- The Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP) helps municipalities and partner organizations by providing funding, training and information sharing. It is designed to encourage Canadian municipalities to better prepare for and adapt to the new realities of climate change as well as reduce greenhouse gas emissions. MCIP is a five-year $75-million program, delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and funded by the Government of Canada.
- The Municipal Asset Management Program (MAMP) is designed to help Canadian municipalities strengthen infrastructure investment decisions based on sound asset management practices. The program provides asset management training, funding and information sharing to enable municipalities to access the data needed to plan effectively. MAMP is a five-year, $50-million program, delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and funded by the Government of Canada.
List of communities receiving support for green innovation, climate change resiliency, and infrastructure planning initiatives
The following 109 initiatives have been approved for funding through three infrastructure programs funded by the Government of Canada and delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities: the Green Municipal Fund (GMF), the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP), and the Municipal Asset Management Program (MAMP). Funding for these new initiatives amounts to $4,590,099.
Approved projects under GMF:
Lead applicant, municipality and province
Approved funding amount $
Vermilion River County No. 24, Alberta