Government of Canada and FCM support the City of Beaupré in planning to rehabilitate the Abitibi-Bowater industrial site (01/10/2014)
Beaupré, QC — The Honourable Greg Rickford, Minister of Natural Resources and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, and Brad Woodside, president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and mayor of the City of Fredericton, New Brunswick, today announced a Green Municipal FundTM (GMF) grant for the City of Beaupré. The city will put the $52,470 grant toward planning for the rehabilitation of the former Abitibi-Bowater mill site. The action plan will be one of the first of its kind in Quebec aimed at rehabilitating a large brownfield site on the banks of a major waterway and at creating jobs in the medium to long term.
"The Government of Canada is helping municipalities across the country to achieve their goal of a cleaner and healthier environment for their citizens through the Green Municipal Fund," said Mr. Rickford. "Today's announcement is another example of how our government — in partnership with FCM — is helping communities like the City of Beaupré build a greener future for our citizens."
The city wants to plan, with its citizens, the rehabilitation of this contaminated site in a sustainable and integrated manner. In addition to the environmental component, this initiative will offer social and economic benefits; notably job creation for the medium to long term. The site is strategically located on the banks of the St. Lawrence River near Mont Sainte-Anne, with access to essential services such as water and sewer systems, electric power supply, and a nearby railway.
"The Green Municipal Fund offers a range of resources and services that specifically address the sustainable community development needs of municipal governments," said Mr. Woodside. "The financing and knowledge provided by the Fund supports the development of communities that are more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable. For example, the Beaupré project, like all projects we fund, will be the subject of a case study to help other municipalities that may face the same challenge."
The plan is based on available data, analyses, and other available information and aims to comply with sustainable development strategic directions and objectives set by the City of Beaupré, the Québec Metropolitan Community and the Côte-de-Beaupré RCM. It will establish the scope of the rehabilitation work, options and strategies for site redevelopment, as well as urban design, marketing and communications plans with a view to providing public access to the St. Lawrence and promoting a recovery in the job market.
"The City of Beaupré's commitment is to create a green industrial park and enhance quality of life for its citizens by providing public access to the river through an adjacent linear park, offering a sense of connectedness for the community as well as an exceptional view of Mont Sainte-Anne, Cap Tourmente and Quebec City," said Mr. Paré, the Mayor of Beaupré.
The Government of Canada endowed the Federation of Canadian Municipalities with $550 million to establish the Green Municipal Fund™. The Fund supports partnerships and leveraging of both public and private-sector funding to reach higher standards of air, water and soil quality, and climate protection.
FCM has been the national voice of municipal governments since 1901. It fosters the development of sustainable communities to improve quality of life by promoting strong, effective, and accountable municipal government.