Government of Canada and FCM support a feasibility study on electric vehicle sharing in Quebec municipalities (24/09/2014)
Plessisville, Nicolet, Amqui and Deux-Montagnes, QC — The Honourable Greg Rickford, Minister of Natural Resources Canada 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, NB, today announced a Green Municipal Fund™ (GMF) $91,685 grant for the municipalities of Plessisville, Nicolet, Amqui and Deux-Montagnes. In partnership with the National Advanced Transportation Centre (CNTA) and YHC Environnement, a consulting firm that specializes in climate protection, the communities will study the technical and economic feasibility of greening their municipal fleet by incorporating electric vehicles that have been adapted for car sharing.
"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 Minister Rickford. "Today's announcement is another example of how our government — in partnership with FCM — is helping communities like Plessisville, Nicolet, Amqui and Deux-Montagnes build a greener future for our citizens."
Car sharing would allow the municipality and participating partners (such as a regional municipality, retirement home, health clinic, etc.) to share one or more vehicles and optimize how they are used. For example, in off-business hours, when municipal vehicles are typically not in use, citizens or partners could have access to a car for recreation, work or other purposes. Sharing a municipality's electric vehicle could also reduce purchase and operating costs. The technical and economic feasibility study will consider three aspects: how to incorporate electric vehicles into municipal fleets; ways to develop a car-sharing service for public transit; and how to make electric vehicles suitable for public transit needs. It will also document the potential for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and reducing costs. The results will be of particular interest to remote communities that are exploring ways to improve public mobility.
"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 support the development of communities that are more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable. Congratulations to the participating municipalities and to the CNTA on this partnership and innovative initiative!"
Speaking on behalf of the four participating municipalities, Jean-Noël Bergeron, mayor of Plessisville, said: "Our active involvement in this project demonstrates our commitment. Citizens are asking us to be proactive and they increasingly seek an environmentally responsible vision of the future. This project shows our citizens that Plessisville is focused on positive solutions for the environment. In fact, Plessisville is a municipality that focuses on green solutions, offering a quality of life that is better for its citizens in all respects. We thank FCM and the Government of Canada for supporting these initiatives."
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.