Since 2001, these awards have celebrated the most innovative environmental initiatives in Canadian cities and communities of all sizes. The winning projects demonstrate sustainability best practices you can apply to similar initiatives in your community. These awards are presented biannually to outstanding municipal projects in several categories:

  • Asset management
  • Brownfields
  • Climate change
  • Energy
  • Sustainable neighbourhood revitalization and design
  • Transportation
  • Waste
  • Water

Winners in each category are nominated for the Inspire Award, which is given to the project that demonstrates the most creativity and innovation.

2018 Sustainable Communities Award Winners
Learn more about the municipalities that have been selected to receive the 2018 Sustainable Communities Awards.
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Kingston gets more youth riding public transit

A partnership between the municipality and school boards is increasing high school students' independence and their long-term use of sustainable transportation.

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Community-minded brownfield plan gives new life to Port Coquitlam site

Innovative natural techniques, such as reconditioning soil and using plants to absorb contaminants, transformed a former sanitary lagoon. 

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Switch to biomass cuts costs and GHG emissions in Yellowknife

A Biomass District Energy System in Yellowknife, NT, is leading the way to reduced heating costs and GHG emissions in Northern communities.

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Small BC community gets big benefits from asset management

Starting from scratch, this small community adopted asset management practices that increase the village's sustainability and resilience.

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Guelph plans an innovative new carbon neutral community

A new sustainable community in Guelph, ON, will create a unique live-work space connected to the larger city.

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Unique approach helps Durham Region, ON, plan effectively for climate change

This unique climate adaptation planning process blends scientific data predicting future weather patterns with local expertise.

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Local road-sharing projects enable active transportation in Montreal

Small-scale projects in Montreal, QC, neighbourhoods add up to big improvements in the city's pedestrian and bicycle culture.

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Community-backed waste project supports Terrace, BC, economy

Getting the community engaged in their waste management program helped this BC community divert more waste and stimulate the local economy.

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Okotoks proves natural stormwater management works

An innovative bioretention system in Alberta is demonstrating the benefits of natural stormwater management, and producing research and public education.

2019 Federation of Canadian Municipalities