Government of Canada and FCM support climate protection in 16 AFMNB member municipalities (14/11/2014)
Dieppe, NB — Robert Goguen, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Member of Parliament for Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe, on behalf of the Honourable Greg Rickford, Minister of Natural Resources, 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 Fund™ (GMF) grant for a climate change action program developed by the Association francophone des municipalités du Nouveau-Brunswick (AFMNB). The $169,894 in funding will allow 16 municipalities, supported by AFMNB in partnership with the Université de Moncton, to create greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventories and develop action plans to reduce GHGs and protect the climate.
"Our government 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. Goguen. "Today's announcement is another example of how our government — in partnership with FCM — is helping these com munities in New Brunswick build a greener future for their citizens."
With the support of FCM's Partners for Climate Protection program, the villages of Bas-Caraquet, Bertrand, Clair, Eel River Crossing, Paquetville, Petit-Rocher, Pointe-Verte, Rogersville, Saint-Léolin, Saint-Louis-de-Kent, and the towns of Lamèque, Richibucto, Shippagan, as well as the Rural Community of Kedgwick, the Regional Municipality of Grand Tracadie-Sheila and the City of Dieppe will develop local action plans. They will include measurable objectives, developed in conjunction with residents, and will be integrated with the local economic and financial context. These New Brunswick communities are home to some 50,000 people.
"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."
"Because of their location, New Brunswick are among the most affected communities experiencing climate change impacts in Canada and we know there are risks that the coming decades may be even more devastating. Our municipalities must not only find ways to adapt to this new reality, but to become leaders in environmental protection so that we limit the impacts for future generations. In the near future, public funds used for repairs due to major storms and flooding — to name only a couple of impacts — will not be available for our roads, water filtration systems and recreation infrastructure. Through this initiative, we want to encourage municipalities to reduce their environmental footprint and encourage all citizens, institutions and businesses in our communities to get directly involved," explained Roger Doiron, mayor of Richibucto and president of the AFMNB.
This project is an excellent example of how GMF funding can be combined with support from other programs and financial partners, such as the Government of New Brunswick which, through its Environmental Trust Fund, has pledged a $40,000 grant. "This initiative allows people in these municipalities to play an active role in protecting and improving their environment," observed Brian Kenny, New Brunswick's Minister of Environment and Local Government.
Having started their work several months ago, participating municipalities look forward to a workshop on November 14 during AFMNB's 25th annual congress in Dieppe, at which they will review progress and plan next steps.
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.