May 24, 2019
The federal government and Federation of Canadian Municipalities have committed $9.7 million to fund green projects in communities across the country.
Infrastructure minister François-Philippe Champagne made the announcement May 16 alongside Vicki-May Hamm, president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.
“Municipalities are the order of government closest to people’s lives. That means local action is critical. And we’re seeing it,” Hamm said in a release. “The projects announced today show that municipalities of all sizes are modelling local green solutions that can be replicated and scaled up across the country for deep national impact.”
Funded projects are focused on reducing pollution, improving energy efficiency and finding new uses for public infrastructure. A number of cities have already jumped on board.
As part of the broader Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre deep-energy project, the City of Toronto will use funding to implement a closed-loop, lake-based, geo-exchange system pilot.
The project aims to reduce energy use for the building by 67 per cent and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 78 per cent.
At the Resort Municipality of Whistler in British Columbia, a staff position will be created to focus on reducing municipal HGH emissions.
Stoke, QC is creating a municipal asset management plan to enable the municipality to plan and anticipate the maintenance, repair, upgrading and replacement of equipment and infrastructure. www.canada.ca