The GMF 20th Anniversary Visionary Award will be granted to an initiative that demonstrates how sustainability and innovation can generate long-term community change. Eligible initiatives were implemented anytime between January 1, 2000 and March 31, 2020. The winning initiative must demonstrate measurable environmental, social, and economic benefits and illustrate how it was a visionary initiative for your municipality.

The successful applicant should provide evidence of long-term project benefits and impacts, including documenting what changes have occurred at the community-level since the project’s implementation, or if a similar approach has been adopted in other municipalities. Where possible, applicants should demonstrate specific targets or metrics for tracking the changes within their own community. Plans, programs and projects from any sector are all eligible.

Key elements include:

  • Significant, measurable environmental benefits
  • Evidence of long-term performance monitoring and reporting
  • Tracking of lessons learned and best practices
  • Documented and systematic change at the community-level or beyond

This award is open to all municipalities and their partners across Canada and recognizes any initiatives that were started or completed within the last 20 years.

Winners in each category are automatically eligible for FCM’s Inspire Award. Check out the 2018 Inspire Award winner, a bus orientation program that significantly improved transit ridership in the City of Kingston, ON.

We will honour the winners at our Sustainable Communities Conference, Canada’s leading municipal sustainability event, taking place on October 20-22, 2020, in St. John's, NL.

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