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Election 2019: Let’s empower local governments
to build better lives for Canadians

Federal Election 2019 is a pivotal opportunity to modernize how governments work together to serve Canadians. Local leaders are the closest to people’s daily challenges. They are building better lives, and with modernized tools and a seat at the nation-building table, they’ll be ready to do so much more.

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FCM’s programs and advocacy help secure new tools that empower municipalities to build stronger communities of all sizes. Explore below to find out what’s new with us.

Updates to Green Municipal Fund funding offer

To ensure our funding best serves Canadian municipalities, the Green Municipal Fund (GMF) occasionally makes updates to application criteria, deadlines and other key components of our funding products. Read below to learn about the latest changes.

New maximum amounts for GMF pilot projects

AUGUST 29, 2019 - GMF now offers up to $500,000 to cover up to 50 per cent of eligible costs for pilot projects.

Municipalities with a population of 20,000 or less, including municipal partners, may qualify to receive up to 80 per cent of eligible costs.

Interested in learning if your municipality qualifies? Contact us.

Learn more about pilot projects.

GMF capital projects moving to a continuous application process

AUGUST 2, 2019 - As of April 1, 2020, GMF will accept capital project applications on a continuous, year-round basis. While we prepare for this change, you can still download and submit the capital projects initial review form at any time. Application forms will be provided to eligible applicants after April 1, 2020.

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Case study: Manitoba town leads innovation in northern communities

Project type Amount Community
Capital project

Loan: $4,368,300
Grant: $655,200

Neepawa, MB

Sign for the Town of Neepawa

In 2016, the growing Town of Neepawa had pushed its lagoon system to the brink. The community decided to upgrade its wastewater system while taking future growth and sustainable development into consideration. 

The town’s conventional lagoon system can accommodate sewage waste from 4,500 residents. The Moving Bed Biofilm Reactor (MBBR) technology, upon which the town’s new design is based, can serve a population of 7,500. This approach, not usually used in cold weather climates, will inform initiatives in other northern communities facing similar challenges. The technology is compact, can be easily replicated and maintained and works well where land is at a premium or limited. 

“The incorporation of the new technology will modernize the way effluent is treated. The entire community will benefit from this project, not only in relation to efficient wastewater treatment, but by repurposing the two lagoon cells into a licensed compost and an area for water retention.”

Colleen Synchyshyn, Chief Administrative Officer, Town of Neepawa 

The upgraded process will allow the town to meet nutrient removal limits and extend the lagoon system’s lifespan so it can easily accommodate future growth and the community’s needs. Another key advantage of this new system is that its design is self-adapting to seasonal changes and will be able to accommodate extremely low temperatures in winter. Furthermore, the organic treatment process could divert approximately 30 per cent of the waste currently going to a landfill. 

“The wastewater processing has not always been adequate, and MBBR is entirely new technology that will lead to better results. I think the biggest highlight for me is that this project will increase the capacity for our community. It will allow industrial, commercial and residential growth.”

Ken Waddell, Publisher: Neepawa Banner & Press, Rivers Banner (see: myWestman.ca)

Neepawa’s MBBR project will provide efficient and effective wastewater treatment and will result in continuous discharge into the water system. This differs from conventional storage which, at given times of the year, can emit an offensive odor. The MBBR will also help address the significantly increased load that’s been put on the system in the last decade, via the expansion of a local processing plant. That expansions will also increase the community’s labour opportunities. 

We expect this project to: 

  • Reduce total suspended solids (TSS) by 85 percent
  • Increase treatment capacity from 611,000 m3/year to 1,007,400 m3/year (65 percent increase)
  • Reduce energy consumption by 2,690 GJ/year

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Case study: Improving health and comfort for residents in the GTA

Project type Amount Community

Capital project

Grant: $750,000 
Loan: $5 million 

Toronto and Hamilton, ON

The Atmospheric Fund (TAF) event
ABOVE, LEFT TO RIGHT: Julia Langer, CEO, TAF at the podium; Kevin Marshman, CEO,
Toronto Community Housing Corporation; Marco Mendicino, MP and Parliamentary Secretary
to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; Toronto-Danforth MP Julia Dabrusin;
Toronto Mayor John Tory; Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic

Nearly 44 per cent of people in urban areas live in apartments and condos, as stated in a report by the The Toronto Atmospheric Fund (TAF). If retrofitted to become more energy-efficient, these types of buildings could support national efforts to reduce GHG emissions. A key barrier is the lack of information available to support the technical and economic feasibility of these types of projects. The Accelerating Deep Energy Retrofits (ADER) project is changing that. 

TAF, in partnership with the City of Toronto, is working to implement retrofits to four multi-residential buildings in the downtown Toronto area and in the City of Hamilton. The buildings, totaling 791 households, represent a range of ownership structures and residents, from young families to seniors, and include:

  • Rental apartments
  • A condominium 
  • Two low-income social housing buildings

The City of Hamilton will help develop lessons learned and best practices for future scale-up efforts, and will add a multi-unit residential complex to the initiative. 

“We’re excited about this project’s ability to accelerate the adoption of retrofits around the country. My favourite thing about it is the opportunity to improve health and comfort for building residents, even as we reduce energy costs and carbon emissions. For example, heat pump technology not only dramatically reduces heating energy use, it also provides highly efficient air conditioning.”  

—Bryan Purcell, Vice-President, Policy and Programs, The Toronto Atmospheric Fund 

The average number of days above 30˚C in the Toronto area has increased by more than 50 per cent. This means residents of older, multi-family buildings are increasingly exposed to unhealthy temperature extremes. This project aims to dramatically reduce this type of exposure. TAF has already installed air-source heat pumps at two sites in the past year and has undertaken design work on the remaining buildings. These deep energy retrofits can reduce operating costs, improve indoor environmental quality and resident comfort and create local jobs. 

“This is the best thing that has been done for [our] housing. It lowers [our] energy bills, provides heating and cooling. It's a lot colder in the summer and a lot warmer in the winter. You have more freedom and control,” says Diane Laidley, a resident at one of the Toronto ADER sites. 

As a way to see firsthand how residents can benefit from the heating and cooling retrofits, TAF will also undertake a comprehensive monitoring and verification process to help ensure that the expected energy savings continue to materialize throughout the newly installed systems’ lifecycles. 

The participants will widely share the knowledge gained from these projects through case studies, white papers and presentations. 

This project will:

  • Reduce GHG emissions by 546 tonnes C02e/year 
  • Reduce energy consumption and GHG emissions in the four buildings by at least 40 percent
  • Reduce water consumption with the installation of new low-flow fixtures and ultra-low-flow toilets 

Additional resources 

Municipalities across Canada to receive support for 67 new infrastructure initiatives

Investing in innovative green infrastructure projects contributes to a clean growth economy and strengthens the middle class by ensuring communities are healthy and sustainable places to live.

The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Jenny Gerbasi, President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) today announced funding for 67 initiatives in communities across Canada through three programs: the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP), the Municipal Asset Management Program (MAMP), and the Green Municipal Fund (GMF).

Improving Canada's infrastructure lays — in large part — in the hands of the municipalities. Communities across the country want to be sure they are investing their infrastructure money wisely, and that they are ready to adapt to the potential effects of climate change as they make local infrastructure investment decisions. The projects announced today demonstrate the work being done on these fronts in municipalities large and small.

For example, the City of Montreal, Quebec, is receiving funding through MCIP for a pilot project that will create green spaces in alleyways. Rooftop drains will be disconnected from sewer systems and excess rainwater will be used to water plants and walkways between buildings, improving both public and private spaces. This project could potentially divert the equivalent of two Olympic-sized swimming pools worth of water from the city's sewers.

Funding through MAMP is helping Canadian municipalities make informed decisions on infrastructure investments based on sound asset management practices. In Newfoundland, seven municipalities are receiving funding to train local officials on asset management planning, preparing a local inventory of assets, and reporting on the preliminary state of infrastructure. This training will help communities make informed investment decisions for infrastructure assets that will deliver value for money, while serving their citizens' needs.

Through GMF, communities are not only improving the environment around them, they are maximizing municipal resources and improving the lives of their citizens. The Township of Douro-Dummer, Ontario will study the feasibility of constructing a net-zero energy centralized public works and emergency services building, which would produce at least as much energy as it consumes on an annual basis. This initiative will provide an example for other small rural towns that want to improve and consolidate municipal infrastructure in environmentally sustainable ways.

MCIP, MAMP, and GMF are funded by the Government of Canada and delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

Quotes

These investments will help municipalities across the country to plan, build and maintain their infrastructure more strategically. Investments in green infrastructure projects help build healthy, liveable, cleaner, and more sustainable communities now and for future generations.
— The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

Energy efficiency is one of the most effective ways to support the transition to a low-carbon economy and meet our future energy needs. Our Government is looking to achieve this is by working collaboratively with provinces, territories, and industry to create a national model net-zero energy-ready code for new homes and buildings by 2022. We are proud to support projects that are charting our course to the low-carbon future.
— The Honourable Jim Carr, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources

It's exciting to see so many municipalities — big and small — stepping up to do things differently. All three programs behind today's announcement are helping communities do just that and learn from each other along the way. We are proud to fund these initiatives and know that local action in communities across Canada is driving change on a national scale. Together, we're making real progress toward Canada's climate and sustainability goals.
— Jenny Gerbasi, FCM President

Quick facts

  • The Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program is a five-year, $75-million program designed to encourage Canadian municipalities to better prepare for and adapt to the new realities of climate change as well as reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • The Municipal Asset Management Program is a five-year, $50-million program designed to help Canadian municipalities strengthen infrastructure investment decisions based on sound asset management practices.
  • The Green Municipal Fund is a program designed to support initiatives that demonstrate innovative solutions or approaches to a municipal environmental issue that can generate new lessons and models for communities of all sizes and types across Canada. The Government of Canada endowed FCM with $550 million to establish the program and an additional $125 million top-up was announced in Budget 2016.

Related product

Backgrounder: Municipalities to receive funding for 67 infrastructure initiatives across Canada

Associated links

Municipal Asset Management Program
Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program
Green Municipal Fund
FCM Funding
Government of Canada's $180 billion+ infrastructure plan

Contacts

Brook Simpson
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
613-219-0149
brook.simpson@canada.ca  

FCM Media Relations
613-907-6395
media@fcm.ca  

Infrastructure Canada
613-960-9251
Toll free: 1-877-250-7154
media@infc.gc.ca
Twitter: @INFC_eng
Infrastructure Canada  

Natural Resources Canada
Media Relations
343-292-6100

Climate change
Environment
Infrastructure

Municipalities across Canada to receive support for 67 new infrastructure initiatives

Investing in innovative green infrastructure projects contributes to a clean growth economy and strengthens the middle class by ensuring communities are healthy and sustainable places to live.

The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Jenny Gerbasi, President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) today announced funding for 67 initiatives in communities across Canada through three programs: the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP), the Municipal Asset Management Program (MAMP), and the Green Municipal Fund (GMF).

Improving Canada's infrastructure lays — in large part — in the hands of the municipalities. Communities across the country want to be sure they are investing their infrastructure money wisely, and that they are ready to adapt to the potential effects of climate change as they make local infrastructure investment decisions. The projects announced today demonstrate the work being done on these fronts in municipalities large and small.

For example, the City of Montreal, Quebec, is receiving funding through MCIP for a pilot project that will create green spaces in alleyways. Rooftop drains will be disconnected from sewer systems and excess rainwater will be used to water plants and walkways between buildings, improving both public and private spaces. This project could potentially divert the equivalent of two Olympic-sized swimming pools worth of water from the city's sewers.

Funding through MAMP is helping Canadian municipalities make informed decisions on infrastructure investments based on sound asset management practices. In Newfoundland, seven municipalities are receiving funding to train local officials on asset management planning, preparing a local inventory of assets, and reporting on the preliminary state of infrastructure. This training will help communities make informed investment decisions for infrastructure assets that will deliver value for money, while serving their citizens' needs.

Through GMF, communities are not only improving the environment around them, they are maximizing municipal resources and improving the lives of their citizens. The Township of Douro-Dummer, Ontario will study the feasibility of constructing a net-zero energy centralized public works and emergency services building, which would produce at least as much energy as it consumes on an annual basis. This initiative will provide an example for other small rural towns that want to improve and consolidate municipal infrastructure in environmentally sustainable ways.

MCIP, MAMP, and GMF are funded by the Government of Canada and delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

Quotes

These investments will help municipalities across the country to plan, build and maintain their infrastructure more strategically. Investments in green infrastructure projects help build healthy, liveable, cleaner, and more sustainable communities now and for future generations.
— The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

Energy efficiency is one of the most effective ways to support the transition to a low-carbon economy and meet our future energy needs. Our Government is looking to achieve this is by working collaboratively with provinces, territories, and industry to create a national model net-zero energy-ready code for new homes and buildings by 2022. We are proud to support projects that are charting our course to the low-carbon future.
— The Honourable Jim Carr, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources

It's exciting to see so many municipalities — big and small — stepping up to do things differently. All three programs behind today's announcement are helping communities do just that and learn from each other along the way. We are proud to fund these initiatives and know that local action in communities across Canada is driving change on a national scale. Together, we're making real progress toward Canada's climate and sustainability goals.
— Jenny Gerbasi, FCM President

Quick facts

  • The Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program is a five-year, $75-million program designed to encourage Canadian municipalities to better prepare for and adapt to the new realities of climate change as well as reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • The Municipal Asset Management Program is a five-year, $50-million program designed to help Canadian municipalities strengthen infrastructure investment decisions based on sound asset management practices.
  • The Green Municipal Fund is a program designed to support initiatives that demonstrate innovative solutions or approaches to a municipal environmental issue that can generate new lessons and models for communities of all sizes and types across Canada. The Government of Canada endowed FCM with $550 million to establish the program and an additional $125 million top-up was announced in Budget 2016.

Related product

Backgrounder: Municipalities to receive funding for 67 infrastructure initiatives across Canada

Associated links

Municipal Asset Management Program
Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program
Green Municipal Fund
FCM Funding
Government of Canada's $180 billion+ infrastructure plan

Contacts

Brook Simpson
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
613-219-0149
brook.simpson@canada.ca  

FCM Media Relations
613-907-6395
media@fcm.ca  

Infrastructure Canada
613-960-9251
Toll free: 1-877-250-7154
media@infc.gc.ca
Twitter: @INFC_eng
Infrastructure Canada  

Natural Resources Canada
Media Relations
343-292-6100

Climate change
Environment
Infrastructure

Rural challenges, national opportunity

Rural challenges, national opportunity

Published: May 2018 - PDF (4.2 MB)

Rural challenges, national opportunities

Shaping the future of rural Canada

Small-town friendliness. Vast landscapes. A quieter way of life. These are some of the reasons that people are drawn to smaller communities. And as online connectivity expands, rural Canada is becoming more appealing to businesses. 

In our report, Rural challenges, national opportunity: shaping the future of rural Canadawe showcase the successes and potential of Canada's smaller communities.

Rural communities help drive Canada's economy, but they also face unique challenges that need tailor-made policy and resource solutions. Our report shows how tackling these local challenges, from coast to coast to coast, is how we'll build this country. Throughout, we profile rural communities that are already showing tremendous resilience and ingenuity in leading the way.

The future of Canada will only get brighter if the federal government empowers rural municipalities with transformative tools that are adaptable to local needs. This will help build Canada, impacting people living in communities of all sizes.

FCM: rural advocates

FCM's Rural Forum continues to set an ambitious agenda for our federal advocacy. And in recent years, FCM has delivered unprecedented gains - including major rural-specific federal funding for infrastructure and other major projects. But there is more work to be done.

That's why FCM continues to work with the federal government to champion rural issues. We are working to build a "rural lens" into all federal policies and programs, to ensure we have the tools to build more sustainable and prosperous rural communities nationwide.

Roll of Honour

FCM honours the true difference-makers of local government with our Roll of Honour Awards. These awards pays tribute to FCM officers, and to officials of member municipalities and municipal associations who have made an outstanding contribution to FCM and to municipal government in Canada. You can read more about eligibility criteria here.

Current recipients

Maurice Cohen

Maurice Cohen

Maurice Cohen was elected councillor in the City of Saint-Laurent, Quebec, in 1982, and continued to serve there for 35 years. Through his nine terms in office, his commitment to community service strengthened a range of committees and boards, including economic development, urban planning and intercultural relations.

From Montreal’s first-ever French-language Jewish public school, which he helped found, to Saint-Laurent’s well-loved sports complex, which he championed, Mr. Cohen has left a lasting mark on his community. Nationally, he leaves no less of a mark on FCM, where he served on the Board of Directors for a remarkable 17 years and was known for his enthusiasm and ability to bring people together.

 

Pauline Quinlan

In 1998, Pauline Quinlan became the first woman ever elected mayor of Bromont, Quebec.

Through five consecutive mandates, she earned a reputation for tackling tough economic challenges—for a community that doubled in population under her leadership. Her countless contributions include spearheading the Bromont Economic Development Corporation, increasing the profile of Bromont Science Park, and implementing a 20-year sustainable development plan.

Ms. Quinlan brought that same record of results to FCM’s Board of Directors where she served from 2003 to 2017. Recently, as co-chair of FCM’s National Municipal Rail Safety Working Group, her leadership helped shape critical improvements across the country—and earned her the position of co-chair of the national Railway Safety Act Review Panel.

 

oger Anderson

Roger Anderson

First elected councillor in the Town of Ajax, Ontario, in 1985, Roger Anderson went on to serve as Ajax Deputy Mayor in 1991 before taking up the role of Durham Regional Chair in 1997. He went on become Durham’s longest serving regional chair until his passing in 2018.

Mr. Anderson dedicated his life to public service, serving as a police constable before becoming a public official. His dedication to local government—and its capacity to build better lives—made him an important figure at FCM, where he was a long-time Board member and instrumental in building several programs. He was especially proud of his formative role in our Ukraine program and the difference it has made for people on the ground.

 

Past recipients

2018

  • Pam McConnell — former Councillor, Toronto, ON

2017

  • Hazel McCallion — former Mayor, Mississauga, ON
  • Brad Woodside — former Mayor, Fredericton, NB; former FCM President
  • Russ Powers — former Councillor, Dundas, ON, and Hamilton, ON; former President, Association of Municipalities of Ontario; former FCM Director
  • Debra Button — former Councillor and Mayor, Weyburn, SK; former President, Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association; former FCM director
  • Joanne Monaghan — former Councillor and Mayor, Kitimat, BC; former President, Union of BC Municipalities; former FCM President

2016

  • Lise Burcher — former Councillor, Guelph, ON; former FCM Director
  • Don Forfar — former Mayor, St. Andrews, MB; former FCM Director

2015

  • Karen Leibovici — former FCM President, former Edmonton Councillor
  • Doug Reycraft — former FCM Board member, former AMO President
  • Basil Stewart — former FCM President, former Mayor of Summerside

2014

  • Colette Roy-Laroche — former Mayor of Lac-Mégantic
  • Graham Letto — former Mayor and former Councillor, Labrador City

2013

  • Yvette Hayden (Gonzalez) — former Northwest Territories Association of Communities CEO
  • Gordon Van Tighem — former FCM Director, former Mayor of Yellowknife, former Northwest Territories Association of Communities President
  • Big Cities Mayors' Caucus — David Miller, former Mayor of Toronto, Dave Bronconnier, former Mayor of Calgary, Senator Larry Campbell, former Mayor of Vancouver, Ann-Marie DeCicco-Best, former Mayor of London, Pat Fiacco, former Mayor of Regina and former FCM Big City Mayors' Caucus Chair

2012

  • Jim Green — former FCM Director, former Vancouver Councillor
  • Gord Steeves — former FCM President, former Winnipeg Councillor
  • Michael Phair — former FCM Director, former Edmonton Councillor
  • Mel Kositsky — former FCM Director, former Langley Councillor
  • Michael Power— former FCM Director, former AMO President, Geraldton
  • James W. Knight — former FCM Chief Executive Officer

Community Branding and Marketing - A tool for local economic development

Community Branding and Marketing - A tool for local economic developmentThis learning module and toolkit focuses on community branding and marketing—an important part of any local economic development strategy. The curriculum highlights the methodology and processes necessary to identify, articulate and launch a community brand. Developed in collaboration with overseas partners, the curriculum is based on best practices and the real-life experience of Canadian and other communities worldwide. It has now been taught and implemented in numerous partner cities.


This learning module and toolkit provides a self-guided learning experience using PowerPoint presentations, international and Canadian case studies, video footage and other resources. We encourage you to work through the content at your own pace, using whatever elements are applicable to your needs. Keep in mind that community branding and marketing is only a part of, and must be soundly rooted in, a comprehensive LED strategy.

 

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Community Branding and Marketing - A tool for local economic development

Community Branding and Marketing - A tool for local economic developmentThis learning module and toolkit focuses on community branding and marketing—an important part of any local economic development strategy. The curriculum highlights the methodology and processes necessary to identify, articulate and launch a community brand. Developed in collaboration with overseas partners, the curriculum is based on best practices and the real-life experience of Canadian and other communities worldwide. It has now been taught and implemented in numerous partner cities.


This learning module and toolkit provides a self-guided learning experience using PowerPoint presentations, international and Canadian case studies, video footage and other resources. We encourage you to work through the content at your own pace, using whatever elements are applicable to your needs. Keep in mind that community branding and marketing is only a part of, and must be soundly rooted in, a comprehensive LED strategy.

 

Request this resource

Would you like to receive this resource by email? Contact us today. In your request, please include the full name of the resource.

Municipal Guide to Cannabis Legalization

Municipal Guide to Cannabis Legalization

Published: April 2018 - PDF (1.2 MB)

Municipal Guide to Cannabis Legalization

A roadmap for Canadian local governments

Canadians care about the impact of cannabis legalization and municipal governments will be the first place they turn to if they have concerns. Developing the rules and processes that will govern the legalization of non-medical cannabis is a complex task. Municipalities will need to make critical decisions about how and when to write new bylaws on a range of issues including land use planning, business licensing and public consumption.

FCM designed the Municipal Guide to Cannabis Legalization to provide an overview of the work ahead for local governments and offer both policy and regulatory options to choose from. It will take coordinated effort from all orders of government to ensure that Canadians are safe and well-served during the process of cannabis legalization. This guide can help communities get it right.

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Explore these key areas to find out how we’re helping to build stronger communities—and a better Canada.
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This library contains reports, toolkits, recommendations and other resources that are designed to help you address challenges in your community.

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We’ve got you covered with the right type of funding, from plans and studies, to pilots, capital projects and more.

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Learn how we’re working with local governments of all sizes to tackle national and global challenges.

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Increasing sustainability and enhancing the quality of life for people across Canada and around the world.

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FCM works on behalf of 2,000+ member municipalities to shape the national agenda, and delivers tools that empower local governments. Together, we are building stronger communities—and a better Canada.

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