The federal government and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) have announced 109 new initiatives to be funded through the Green Municipal Fund (GMF), the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP), and the Municipal Asset Management Program (MAMP).
Announced by François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Vicki-May Hamm, president of FCM, funding for the projects totals over $4.5 million. The funding supports the priorities of the government and FCM, supporting municipalities as they implement some of Canada’s most advanced green solutions.
“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,” said Minister Champagne. “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.”
Announced projects include:
- 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 stormwater management issues. 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.
Other projects include a wastewater treatment plant tertiary treatment alternatives feasibility study in the Region of Waterloo and a heavy rainfall mitigation project in Montreal.
“Today’s announcement highlights how municipal leaders across Canada are innovating to build more sustainable, resilient, and livable communities,” said Hamm. “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.”
A complete list of the projects is available on FCM’s website.