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Wastewater Energy and Stormwater Projects Get Boost From New FCM Grants

By Water Canada 10:16AM June 23, 2017

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Whether rural, urban or remote, municipalities across Canada can now apply for grants of up to one million dollars for capital projects that will help them adapt to climate change impacts, such as flooding, extreme temperatures and drought, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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. This funding for capital projects will support municipal leadership on climate change for the benefit of Canadians and their communities.

This funding is offered by FCM through the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP), a five-year, $75-million program funded by the Government of Canada and delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. It is available to municipalities of all sizes and their partners.

The types of projects eligible for funding include installing permeable surfaces to better manage runoff water, upgrading a wastewater treatment plants for energy efficiency, among other things.

Jenny Gerbasi, president of FCM stated in a press release that, “Municipalities are on the frontlines of climate change, and must cope with increasingly extreme weather—from floods to droughts. They are also at the forefront of climate solutions, reducing emissions and building more-resilient communities—in ways that can guide and inspire others across Canada. Funding announced today for capital projects will give them new tools to drive local solutions and support national results.”

Applications for capital project funding will be accepted year-round. Details about the program and funding opportunities are available online: FCM’s Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP).   

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