The Government of Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) announced funding for 42 new initiatives in communities across Canada through FCM’s Green Municipal Fund (GMF) and Municipal Asset Management Program (MAMP).
“The investment in the initiatives announced today highlights how municipal leaders across Canada are committed to building more resilient, livable, and sustainable communities. FCM is proud to see municipalities use our programs to support local solutions with national impact, contributing to infrastructure renewal and our transition to a low-carbon economy,” said Vicki-May Hamm, FCM President.
Under FCM’s Green Municipal Fund, communities of all sizes are implementing solutions to protect the environment and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. For example, the City of Mount Pearl, Newfoundland, is using funding from GMF to look at ways to transform a former swimming pool into a specially designed “innovation hub” where researchers and entrepreneurs can work together to turn discoveries into new products and services that create jobs and business opportunities. The proposed retrofit would examine ways to improve the building’s energy efficiency, reduce water consumption and waste, and give an unused facility a new purpose.
Under FCM’s Municipal Asset Management Program, five rural communities in Manitoba are developing better ways to manage their existing infrastructure assets so that they are safer, better maintained and last longer. The participating communities include Alexander, Gimli, Morris, and Whitemouth and the Local Government District of Pinawa.
“All Canadians should benefit from modern, resilient and green infrastructure that gives them a better place to call home. That’s why the Government of Canada is investing in municipalities that take action to reduce pollution and improve the way they manage their existing infrastructure assets,” said François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.