LACHINE, QUE. — The federal government has announced $990,000 in Green Municipal Fund support for feasibility studies, plans and pilot projects in five Quebec communities.
The funding will be delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, explained a recent release.
In the Montreal borough of Lachine, a plan will be developed to transform a former industrial area into a green neighbourhood for 4,500 new households designed to meet sustainable development objectives, including a reduction in greenhouse gases and improved access to public services and infrastructure.
In the Matane region, the Societe d’aide au developpement des collectivites will conduct a feasibility study in collaboration with the University of Sherbrooke on methods of recycling and reclaiming wind turbine blades to prevent them from ending up in landfills.
In collaboration with the City of Quebec, the Town of Lac-Delage will conduct a pilot project to preserve Lake Saint-Charles, the main local source of drinking water, and to meet environmental standards. The municipality will use a new technology, developed by the Centre de recherche industrielle du Quebec, to treat industrial and municipal wastewater within the existing aerated pond system.
In the municipality of Val-Joli in the Eastern Townships, a pilot project will redevelop a building formerly occupied by a gas station and convenience store into commercial and residential space.
Following public consultations, the Municipality of Adstock will re-examine its land use plans and urban planning practices by integrating sustainable development principles.
“Municipalities are important partners in climate action. These local and innovative projects throughout Quebec will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create cleaner, healthier communities for generations to come,” stated federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change Jonathan Wilkinson in a statement.