The governments of Canada and Nova Scotia announced funding for two green community infrastructure projects in Antigonish.

Part of the funding announced will be used to upgrade nine community buildings, including six community centres, to improve energy efficiency and reduce emissions. These improvements include replacing heating systems, lighting, and installing solar panels on each building to reach net-zero energy once the retrofits are completed. The project will offset the municipality’s carbon footprint through the production of a total of 297 kW of renewable solar energy.

“These projects will create jobs, make Antigonish a more vibrant and dynamic place to live, and help make the County more environmentally sustainable. It is extraordinary to see yet another investment of this magnitude from the federal government reaching Antigonish.” said Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.

Funding will also support improvements to active transportation infrastructure in Antigonish. The project includes the construction of a multi-use pathway along the Trunk 4 transportation corridor between Beech Hill Road and Addington Forks Road. The new pathway system will be approximately five kilometres long and provide opportunities for walking and cycling. Once complete, this project will become part of the Blue Route, a province-wide network of bicycle infrastructure that helps Nova Scotians to travel between communities, stay active, and reduce their carbon footprints.

“Partnership is key, these projects are an example of three levels of government working together with community for long term sustainability,” said Owen McCarron, Warden of the Municipality of Antigonish County. “We are striving for net zero in nine community buildings, six of which are community centres in Antigonish County. These buildings will see a real reduction in operational costs, a fantastic way to support them and the volunteers that keep them going. This along with the development of an Active Transportation AT Corridor will connect people and places, encourage active living, and build community.”

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The Government of Canada is investing more than $9.5 million towards these projects. The Government of Nova Scotia is providing more than $7.4 million and the County of Antigonish is contributing over $2.4 million.

“Nova Scotia is a national leader in fighting climate change. Transitioning to more renewable energy sources like solar power and encouraging active transportation are just some of the many actions propelling us toward our ambitious goal of reaching carbon neutrality by 2050,” said Michelle Thompson, Minister of Health and Wellness.

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