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New Funding for Municipal Climate Change Adaptation, Flooding

By Water Canada 07:56AM March 16, 2017

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The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has made available new funding for municipalities to undertake plans and studies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and adapt to climate change and extreme weather conditions, including for flood resilience and wastewater services.

Municipalities have influence over roughly half of Canada’s GHG emissions, and they are already modelling some of the most innovative green initiatives in the country. With this new funding, municipal leadership on climate change and resilience will be enhanced for the benefit of Canadians and their communities.

Clark Somerville, president of FCM, said of the new program: “Whether large or small, urban, rural, or remote, municipalities are leaders when it comes to innovation and have the know-how to deliver local solutions to climate change. Funding announced today will drive local solutions and support national results. Together with our federal partners, FCM is making our cities and communities more sustainable.”

This new funding is offered by the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program, a $75-million initiative funded by the Government of Canada and delivered by FCM. The type of projects that will be funded include studies to assess flooding patterns; plans to reduce GHG emissions; action plans to promote sustainable transportation; studies to assess the feasibility of wastewater treatment plants; and studies to better manage natural assets. Other features will allow municipalities to assess their stormwater infrastructure and stormwater management plans; asses climate change vulnerability within the watershed; or develop climate change response and delivery plans for flooding and water scarcity.

“Protecting the environment and growing the economy go hand in hand. Thanks to the new Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program, we are engaging with municipalities across Canada to help build 21st century communities that will provide a high quality of life for generations to come,” said Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.

The application process will be accessible throughout the year to cities and communities across the country. Details about the program and funding opportunities are available online: FCM’s Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP).

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