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Climate resiliency funds for Montreal area

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Climate resiliency funds for Montreal area

MONTREAL — Four Montreal-area projects are set to receive almost $2.8 million under the Government of Canada’s Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program.

The funding announcement was made May 22 by Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Francois-Philippe Champagne and President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Vicki-May Hamm.

The Ruelles bleues-vertes project aims to relieve the pressure of rainwater on municipal infrastructure in the Sud-Ouest borough in Montreal. The city’s underwater drainage network was not designed to handle the extreme rain events that are becoming more frequent, causing overflow and flooding, indicates a release, adding the project aims to redirect water from roof drains into alleyways and planting vegetation.

The City of Boucherville is building a new environmentally responsible park-and-ride facility. The new lot will have 230 spots and will facilitate and encourage the use of alternate, innovative and collective modes of transportation. The new parking lot will also foster a modal shift (single-occupant car-bus) during work on the Louis-Hippolyte-La Fontaine tunnel, which is slated to begin in two years, the release states.

The City of Laval will be undertaking demineralization operations and planting more than 7,000 plants to help lower the surrounding temperature, reduce the impact of urban heat islands and thus help to protect vulnerable populations.

The City of Beloeil will be integrating green infrastructure into the redevelopment of Duvernay Street to allow rainwater to filter naturally into the soil, lower ambient heat, and revitalize the commercial strip.

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