On June 23, 2017, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, announced $72 million in funding for 48 projects in communities across Canada through the Green Municipal Fund.
With cities accounting for 70% of global greenhouse gas emissions, the Green Municipal Fund will support projects that directly or indirectly lower emissions, create good-paying jobs, and foster clean and healthy towns and cities across the country.
The total cumulative anticipated GHG reduction of the projects announced is over 310,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent, which is equal to taking approximately 71,000 cars off the road for one year.
Here are some examples of the varied projects supported through this fund:
- A multi-material recycling centre in the Regional County Municipality (RCM) of Manicouagan in Quebec
- Electric vehicle charging stations for Canada’s largest net-zero energy neighbourhood in London, Ontario;
- A waste-to-energy transformation system in Southern Alberta;
- A pilot project developing and testing electric motorcycles for the police in Longueuil, Quebec;
- And a feasibility study for a micro-sewer energy recovery system in Richmond, British Columbia.