New grant funding for climate change infrastructure projects (22/06/2017)
Whether rural, urban or remote, municipalities across Canada can now apply for grants of up to one million dollars for capital projects that will help them adapt to climate change impacts, such as flooding, extreme temperatures and drought, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Municipalities have influence over roughly half of Canada's GHG emissions and they are already modelling some of the most innovative green initiatives in the country. This funding for capital projects will support municipal leadership on climate change for the benefit of Canadians and their communities.
This funding is offered by FCM through the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP), a five-year, $75-million program funded by the Government of Canada and delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. It is available to municipalities of all sizes and their partners.
The types of projects eligible for funding include installing permeable surfaces to better manage runoff water; purchasing green vehicles; capturing and treating methane gas from landfill sites to produce clean energy; building bike and walking paths to encourage active transportation; upgrading a wastewater treatment plant to make it more energy efficient; and improving window protection and safety in buildings to better prepare for extreme wind events.
Applications for capital project funding will be accepted year-round. Details about the program and funding opportunities are available online: FCM's Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP).
"The Government of Canada is committed to investing in green infrastructure that reduces greenhouse gas emissions, contributes to a clean growth economy and strengthens the middle class by ensuring communities are healthy and productive places to live. We are proud to work with the FCM, and to support local governments across Canada, in their efforts to adapt to the challenges posed by climate change and contribute to the protection of our communities now and for the future. "
The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"Municipalities are on the frontlines of climate change, and must cope with increasingly extreme weather — from floods to droughts. They are also at the forefront of climate solutions, reducing emissions and building more-resilient communities — in ways that can guide and inspire others across Canada. Funding announced today for capital projects will give them new tools to drive local solutions and support national results."
Jenny Gerbasi, President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities
- Grants of up to $1 million are available for MCIP capital projects
- Grants of up to $175,000 are available for MCIP plans and studies
- Under MCIP, funding for staff support and peer-learning opportunities will be coming later in 2017
- MCIP regional climate advisors are available locally to provide direct, on the ground support tailored specifically to the needs of municipalities
- Loans of up to $5 million, combined with grants, are also available for Canadian municipalities for innovative environmental capital projects under FCM's Green Municipal Fund
Federation of Canadian Municipalities
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