Government of Canada and FCM support neighbourhood regeneration in the Rideau Heights community (26/05/2015)
Social housing units in the City of Kingston’s Rideau Heights area
Kingston, ON — The Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada's 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, today announced a Green Municipal Fund™ (GMF) grant of $175,000 to the City of Kingston. The city will put the funding towards a neighbourhood redevelopment and sustainable neighbourhood action plan (SNAP) for the Rideau Heights community — an area of the city comprised of aging social housing units and public parklands in need of revitalization.
"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 Minister Rickford. "Our investment in the City of Kingston's sustainable neighbourhood action plan will support the development of a stronger, more environmentally responsible community while positioning the area for economic growth."
"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 — and redevelopment — of communities and neighbourhoods that are more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable."
The SNAP will develop a strategy to create a sustainable mixed-income community in Rideau Heights, including an appropriate blend of social and market housing opportunities, better connections within the neighbourhood and to the surrounding community, as well as public parkland improvements. In preparing the SNAP, the city will also explore the technologies, development standards, and financing mechanisms needed to build a healthy neighbourhood.
"The revitalization of Kingston's north end, including the Rideau Heights community, is a priority for city council," said Kingston Mayor Bryan Paterson. "Reinvestment in this neighbourhood would help to address the challenges in the area and create a more sustainable future for all members of the community."
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.