FCM President Bill Karsten made the following statement regarding the announcement of $33 million investment by the Government of Canada through FCM in the Trottier Family Foundation and Low Carbon Cities Canada to establish an urban climate centre in the Montreal metropolitan area.
“As the order of government closest to Canadians’ daily lives, and with influence of roughly half of our country’s GHG emissions, municipalities know that local climate solutions are critical to meeting Canada’s climate goals.
“This $33 million investment to create a climate centre in Greater Montreal will help communities throughout the area reach their full emissions-cutting potential.
“FCM is pleased to work with Low Carbon Cities Canada as well as the Trottier Family Foundation to make these communities more livable for the people who call them home.”
“Across the country, local communities are on the front lines driving Canada’s climate innovation. From testing new carbon-reducing approaches to scaling up proven solutions like energy retrofits to district heating to green fleets, local leaders are using new tools to unlock their full potential.
“Today’s announcement also recognizes that local leadership is essential to cutting emissions. Funded through the Federal Budget 2019’s nearly $1-billion investment in working directly with municipalities, this commitment doubles down on working directly with local governments and FCM’s Green Municipal Fund—a leader in driving green innovation across the country.”
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities is the national voice of local government, with nearly 2,000 member municipalities representing more than 90 per cent of the Canadian population.
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