OTTAWA — Over $2 million in funding will be allocated for 41 new initiatives in communities across Canada through three programs: the Green Municipal Fund (GMF), the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP) and the Municipal Asset Management Program (MAMP).
According to a release issued by Infrastructure Canada, some of the projects announced include the following initiatives:
The Town of Penetanguishene, Ont., is using funding from the MAMP for new digital inspection technologies to assess conditions of roads and sidewalks as well as asset management training for key staff, and a new process for assessing community buildings that will help the town develop a capital plan for their facilities. In the end, decision-makers will have more information to help create a strategy for the preservation and rehabilitation of community infrastructure.
The City of Maple Ridge, B.C., is using a grant from the GMF to study net-zero energy options for a new community centre. The goal is to find efficient design elements to achieve energy reductions of 70 to 90 per cent, and renewable energy options to offset remaining demand.
With funding from the MCIP, the Northwest Territories Association of Communities is looking to host 33 communities for a climate change adaptation forum and charette with the goal of developing a community-centered, territory-wide, strategic and collaborative approach to adaptation.
The programs will be delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and funded by the Government of Canada.
The GMF supports initiatives that advance innovative solutions to environmental challenges including projects that improve air, water and land quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and generate economic and social benefits to local communities, indicates the release.
The MCIP is designed to encourage Canadian municipalities to better prepare for and adapt to the new realities of climate change as well as reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and the MAMP is designed to help Canadian municipalities strengthen infrastructure investment decisions based on sound asset management practices.
“The Government of Canada is committed to investing in local infrastructure to support municipalities as they plan, build and maintain their infrastructure more strategically,” said Francois-Philippe Champagne, minister of infrastructure and communities, in a statement. “Our investments in green infrastructure will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, contribute to a clean growth economy and strengthen the middle class, helping us plan and build the infrastructure of the 21st century.”