SASKATOON, SASK. – The federal government and the City of Saskatoon have announced a joint investment of $34 million to support the city’s Green Network, a series of continuous green spaces and natural areas.
The funding will support the revitalization of natural infrastructure including parks, urban forests and natural areas and seeks to protect, manage and restore natural assets and ecosystems in the Green Network, while also supporting community activities, such as recreation, education, cultural uses and food production, a Government of Canada release stated.
The federal government is investing $20 million in the project through the Natural Infrastructure Fund and the City of Saskatoon is contributing $14.6 million from existing funding sources.
Meewasin, a non-profit organization dedicated to conserving the cultural and natural resources of the South Saskatchewan River Valley, will support the project through resource management work, pathway improvements and wildlife-friendly fencing.
A minimum of 10 per cent of the overall program envelope will be allocated to Indigenous-led projects and federal funding is conditional on fulfilling all requirements related to consultation with Indigenous groups, the release said.