Government of Canada and FCM support Lachute, which is converting a heritage building into an eco-energy library (30/07/2015)
The Green Municipal Fund will enable the Lachute United Church to be transformed into an eco-energy library.
Lachute (QC) — The Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, and Raymond Louie, President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and Acting Mayor of the City of Vancouver, BC, today announced a Green Municipal Fund™ grant of $829,458 and a loan of $4,147,293 for the City of Lachute. The $4,976,751 in total financing will enable the Lachute United Church to be transformed into an eco-energy library, which will result in reduced operation and maintenance costs.
"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. Rickford. "The financing announced today is another example of how our government — in partnership with the FCM — is helping communities like Lachute build a greener future for our citizens."
The City of Lachute, the Argenteuil Regional County Municipality (RCM), the members of the United Church and the Residence of Lachute have worked in partnership to enable this church, a valued heritage building, to become the Jean-Marc-Belzile Public Library, all while improving services to the residents of the retirement home and conserving the city's green spaces as well as the natural area adjacent to the Residence of Lachute.
"The Green Municipal Fund offers a range of resources and services that specifically addresses the sustainable community development needs of municipal governments," said Mr. Louie. "The financing and knowledge provided by the Fund support the development of communities that are more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable. Furthermore, we will produce a case study in order to document the process, the lessons learned and the expertise gained through this project."
The library will consume 75% less energy than a building constructed according to the Model National Energy Code for Buildings, thanks in part to a geothermal heating and air conditioning system, better insulation and an energy-efficient lighting system.
This green building will serve as a showcase of sustainable development and its outreach will include nearly 50% of the population of Argenteuil RCM. The upgraded services provided at this location, dedicated to social and cultural life, will benefit children, teens, adults and senior citizens, regardless of their first language.
According to the Mayor of the City of Lachute, Carl Péloquin, "the new library will be an asset to the citizens of the Argenteuil region, who will find the facility useful and pleasant. Thanks to this project, new services will become available and the library will be a greater incentive for people to take up residence in our municipality." The mayor also believes that the new location of the library will contribute to the economic development of downtown Lachute. And concerning the issue of school dropout rates, he said that the library will provide a stimulating environment for study and work, while also being suitable for cultural activities.
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.