The Government of Canada and FCM support the Pierre-De Saurel RCM sustainable community development plan (14/05/2014)
MRC de Pierre-de-Saurel, QC — Greg Rickford, Minister of Natural Resources and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, and Claude Dauphin, president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and mayor of the Borough of Lachine, City of Montréal, today announced a Green Municipal FundTM (GMF) grant for the Pierre-De Saurel Regional County Municipality (RCM). The RCM put the $222,365 in funding toward the development of a sustainable community development plan that addresses various issues including sustainable transportation as well as water, energy and waste management in the RCM.
"The Harper Government is assisting municipalities across the country in achieving their goal of a cleaner and healthier environment for Canadians through the Green Municipal Fund," said Minister Rickford. "Today's announcement is another example of how our government — in partnership with FCM — is helping municipalities, like the Pierre-De Saurel RCM, which will create a sustainable development plan."
"The Green Municipal Fund offers a range of resources and services that specifically address the sustainable community development needs of municipal governments," said Mr. Dauphin. "The financing and knowledge provided by the Fund supports the development of communities that are more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable."
The Pierre-De Saurel RCM, eastern gateway to the Lac Saint-Pierre Biosphere Reserve, is on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River in the Montérégie region. Following its 2000 and 2005 strategic plans, the RCM decided to build a systemic and sustainable strategic vision for land use planning and development — the Écocollectivité (Eco-community) de Pierre-De Saurel.
The RCM announced the Pierre-de-Saurel Écocollectivité strategy in partnership with the Technocentre in Industrial Ecology and other regional stakeholders. A series of meetings with RCM residents in February and March 2011 led to the development of the 2010–2014 strategic regional development plan. The plan includes a number of strategies and key projects aimed at achieving three overall goals: improving the natural and human environment, enhancing quality of life, and advancing regional economic development and sustainability.
"Sustainable community development involves aligning environmental concerns with economic and social planning issues while incorporating prevention and precautionary measures," explained Prefect Claude Pothier. Achieving our sustainable development plan begins with everyone being committed to channelling and prioritizing their efforts in terms of the plan we developed together."
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.