Government of Canada and FCM support the District of West Vancouver’s vision for a low-carbon future (09/03/2015)
District of West Vancouver, BC — John Weston, Member of Parliament for West Vancouver — Sunshine Coast — Sea to Sky Country, on behalf of the Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, with Brad Woodside, President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and Mayor of the City of Fredericton, NB, today announced a $82,500 Green Municipal Fund™ (GMF) grant for the District of West Vancouver. The District will put the funding toward a study that is researching ways to reduce the 97 per cent of West Vancouver greenhouse gas emissions that come from community sources, such as home heating and personal vehicles, as well as the three per cent of emissions that come from corporate sources.
"In a community where people understand that the environment is the economy, 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. Weston. "Today's announcement is another example of how our government — in partnership with FCM — is helping communities like the District of West Vancouver build a greener future for our citizens."
"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 support the development of innovative communities that are environmentally, socially and economically sustainable."
The District will engage the community to develop a Community Energy and Emissions Plan (CEEP). The CEEP will contain recommendations for land use, building policies, energy infrastructure, transportation and utility systems to help achieve energy and emission targets set by federal and provincial governments — especially those in the BC Climate Action Charter and in the District's Official Community Plan, which is being updated.
The District of West Vancouver is a member of FCM's Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program. PCP member communities commit to taking specific actions within a milestone framework to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect the climate. With the development of this CEEP, the District will achieve three of the five PCP milestones.
"Climate action and sustainability are priorities of this Council, and community buy-in is critical, so we have set up a strong community-based working group that will develop the Community Energy and Emissions Plan," said District of West Vancouver Mayor Michael Smith.
This project is an exciting example of how funding from GMF can be combined with funding and in-kind support from other sources— in this case, BC Hydro, Metro Vancouver and the University of British Columbia Collaborative — to help create healthier communities.
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.