OTTAWA — A new report highlights an array of decarbonizing projects funded through the Green Municipal Fund (GMF) in the last year, including the retrofit or construction of 3,908 sustainable affordable units to avoid nearly 3,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.
The 23rd annual GMF report was released by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), which administers the federal fund.
The report covers eight GMF initiatives: Community Efficiency Financing, Low Carbon Cities Canada, Sustainable Affordable Housing, Partners for Climate Protection, the Circular Cities and Regions Initiative, Community Buildings Retrofit (CBR), GMF core funding and the Municipal Net-Zero Action Research Partnership.
Among the projects highlighted was a pilot project in Regina, a net-zero affordable housing complex undertaken by the National Affordable Housing Corporation.
Other projects in the spotlight include the Better Homes Ottawa Loan program, which will finance energy upgrades for 500 homes; CBR funding to retrofit 25 community buildings such as the Pictou County Wellness Centre in Nova Scotia; and learning experiences such as webinars and workshops studying buildings’ energy efficiency that were attended by 4,111 participants.
Since its inception in 2000, the GMF has completed a total of 1,447 funded projects, which have helped avoid 2.87 million tonnes of GHG emissions and saved 895,893 gigajoules of energy.
“From wildfires to floods, the past few months in Canada were marked by extreme weather events with dire consequences on local communities from coast to coast to coast. This is yet more proof that robust and continued climate action is needed. FCM and GMF are here with partners like the federal government to empower municipalities to take that action, stated Scott Pearce, FCM president, in a statement.