The City of Rivière du Loup, Quebec will receive funding from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) to improve stormwater management.
A part of $1.5 million from FCM’s Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP) for the stormwater project and to add electric vehicles to shared fleets of municipal vehicles in municipalities in the province, the funding was announced by François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Vicki May Hamm, president of FCM.
“Municipalities are on the front lines of climate change, and they’re leading the way on innovative responses. FCM is proud to support these new efforts to build more sustainable, resilient and livable communities,” said Hamm.
Rivière du Loup will also receive $750,000 to improve its storm drainage system, which doesn’t currently have the capacity to handle overflows on one of the busiest roads in the city. The project involves constructing a storm sewer, stormwater retention ponds, swales, and new sumps to better manage stormwater runoff.
“The Government of Canada is committed to investing in projects that support a more strategic approach to planning, building and maintaining public infrastructure,” said Champagne. “Through partnerships like the one we have with FCM, we are helping provide solid 21st-century infrastructure to communities across the country.”
Once complete, this work will better protect residences and businesses from flooding, improve safety and traffic flow along this key downtown roadway, and reduce the amount of sewer water being released into the environment.