Government of Canada and FCM support Penetanguishene’s environmental assessment of the Ojibwa Landing brownfield (22/04/2015)
Penetanguishene, Ont. — Bruce Stanton, Member of Parliament for Simcoe North, on behalf of the Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada's 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 of $62,535 for the Town of Penetanguishene. The Town put the funding toward the completion of an environmental assessment of the Ojibwa Landing brownfield on its downtown waterfront. This assessment has identified options for the future of the 3.7 hectare municipal property and developed expertise for the cleanup of other brownfields in Penetanguishene.
"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 MP Bruce Stanton. "Today's announcement is another example of how our government — in partnership with the FCM — is helping communities build a greener future for our citizens. Simcoe North has made significant efforts toward creating a greener future for our children and grandchildren, and it is great to see a community like Penetanguishene receive support from our Government and the FCM in order to carry out this work."
"The Green Municipal Fund offers a range of resources and services that specifically addresses the sustainable community development needs of municipal governments," said Mr. Woodside. "The financing and knowledge provided by the Fund support the development of environmentally, socially and economically sustainable communities."
The Town will analyse the soil, surface water and groundwater at the site. It will consider various options to address the results of the environmental assessment and will consult the community about future actions.
Remediation of the site is one option that will be explored. Remediation can help restore the ecosystem, improve water quality, increase waterfront park space and promote tourism and economic development.
"The Green Municipal Fund grant has enabled us to explore development potential on our waterfront property and will allow us to promote future economic development in an environmentally friendly manner," said Mayor Gerry Marshall.
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.