Government of Canada and FCM announce $20.8 million funding for municipal initiatives in Atlantic Canada (13/10/2017)
Moncton, NB — The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health and Member of Parliament for Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe, on behalf of the Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources, joined Jenny Gerbasi, President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), to announce $20.8 million in Green Municipal Fund (GMF) grants and loans in support of seven initiatives across Atlantic Canada.
As Canada works to create jobs and further develop its clean growth economy and to implement its Paris Agreement commitments by reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, municipalities are proving their commitment to be part of the solution through initiatives like the ones supported by GMF today.
The announcement was made in Moncton where the City is constructing an energy efficient multipurpose centre on an eleven-acre remediated brownfield site in the downtown core. The facility will host an NHL size ice rink, an outdoor civic space and a public plaza. The anticipated reduction in GHG emissions is 741 tonnes per year or 159 passenger vehicles driven for one year.
Other initiatives include a change to the wastewater treatment plant in the Town of Montague, PE, that will not only optimize the performance of the facility, it will create a revenue stream for the community. In the Village of Petit-Rocher, the municipality will be studying the feasibility of building a net-zero complex based on a major renovation of its arena.
Through these initiatives, communities are not only improving the environment around them, they are maximizing municipal resources and improving the lives of their citizens.
The Government of Canada endowed the Federation of Canadian Municipalities with $550 million to establish the Green Municipal FundTM. An additional $125 million top-up was announced in Budget 2016. 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. To date it has funded over 1,100 municipal initiatives.
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"These Green Municipal Fund projects across New Brunswick, and others across Atlantic Canada, demonstrate the excellent work at the municipal level to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote green technologies and energy efficiency. Our government is proud to support initiatives that can further inspire other municipalities across Canada, to help make their communities more sustainable and healthy, while providing a better quality of life for all Canadians."
GMF loan: $20,000,000
The City of Moncton, NB, will construct an energy efficient multipurpose centre on an 11 acre brownfield site in the downtown core. The site was historically occupied by the Canadian National Railway buildings and operated from at least 1918 to the early 1960s and then redeveloped into a shopping mall with various commercial uses which closed in September of 2012. Soil and groundwater testing showed that the area was contaminated with metals, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and volatile organic compounds.
The facility, scheduled for completion in the summer of 2018, will host an NHL size ice rink, an outdoor civic space and a public plaza.
- Redeveloping and managing risk on this brownfield site will have significant environmental benefits which include mitigating exposure to contaminants, as well as reducing urban sprawl by prioritizing infill development
- The risk management approach included the construction of a vapor mitigation system which will avoid exposure to volatile organic compounds that were detected in the soil vapors
- The design for the building follows Green Globe standards and is estimated to achieve a reduction in water use of 35 to 39 per cent
- Energy reduction measures include reduced lighting power density with the help of LED; outdoor air demand control ventilation in densely occupied spaces; heat recovery from the ice rink; and specialized HVAC systems
- The building is designed to be 45 per cent more energy efficient than what is required under National Energy Code for Buildings
- Net anticipated CO2 emissions reduction of 411,870.24 kg/year
- Stimulate the local economy by creating construction and permanent jobs
- Provide additional tax revenue to the municipality through new commercial and residential development
- Attract between 317,000 and 396,000 people each year and generate between $12 and $15 million in annual spending
- The community will have a sense of pride in the new center, and a place to engage and host various functions including national and regional events
- The downtown core will serve as a model for other Canadian municipalities to replicate
GMF grant: $46,090
GMF loan: $307,270
The Town of Montague, PE, installed a geotextile dewatering system that will increase the quality of wastewater effluent, optimize facility performance and help protect the town's existing social and economic fabric.
Of the 750 m3 of wastewater treated on average every day, the Town's wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) was only able to remove waste sludge by pumping the liquid sludge into trucks for agricultural land spreading. An installed pumping system will divert pre-treated effluent through high-strength geotextile bags, which will passively filter the effluent and create drier and lighter weight sludge. After one year of settling in the bags, the dried class B biosolid will be added as a nutrient additive to sod fields one kilometre from the WWTP. The Town will save approximately $40,000 per year in operating costs by reducing the amount of sludge transported from the WWTP. The Town will also generate revenue from the sale of the biosolids. The municipality will repurpose the geotube bags for landscaping, erosion and weed control when they have outlived their use.
A 2012 pilot study showed that geotubes could increase sludge thickening at the plant from about 1.5 per cent solids to almost 15 per cent solids. The upgrade could increase the tonnage of sludge removed from the plant from 13.2 tonnes to 27.7 tonnes of sludge per year and reduce the trucking by 90 per cent. This would result in safer operational suspended solid levels in the aeration tank of the activated sludge process. It currently takes over one hundred 3,000 litre trucks to haul the biosolid mixture for land application per year. The closer proximity of the sod fields and the increased extraction of water from the sludge will require only four dump trucks for transport per year. Thus, reducing the amount of transport required for field applications by over 3,500 kilometers/year, resulting in significant GHG reductions.
- This alternative approach to waste management is a first for the province. This simpler approach works best for a municipality of this size and resources and could encourage other similar towns to adopt the same approach
- The facility currently operates within environmental regulations. Yet, the inability of the plant to handle current sludge levels has increased the risk of a complete bypass and release of raw, undigested sewage into receiving waters. One objective in Sustainable Development is to optimize existing infrastructure. This proposed project will positively contribute to that goal
- Existing infrastructure would be retrofitted with a more passive, low-energy technology compared to mechanical thickeners, which have higher capital and operating costs
- The project will contribute to the Town's financial performance by extending the capacity and life of the existing plant, which will allow growth of the community
- Having the proposed dewatering solution in place will permit the Town to undertake much needed maintenance work to the existing treatment plant
- The risk of having raw, undigested sewage released into receiving waters could lead to the shutdown of downstream mussel farming operations
- Decreased risk of sewage overflows and contamination of downstream mussel farming operations, which contribute significantly to the livelihoods and quality of life of residents
- Reduced health risk
Municipality of Bathurst, NB
Site Clean-up and Decontamination
Feasibility study – Brownfields
GMF grant: $68,900
City of Miramichi, NB
Greater Miramichi Enviro-Centre
Feasibility study – Waste
GMF grant: $27,500
City of Moncton, NB
Downtown Community Improvement Plan - A Master Plan for the 'Downtown Core' Revitalization
Plan – Brownfields
GMF grant: $55,000
Municipality of Petit-Rocher, NB
A Study for Petit-Rocher's Net Zero Energy Complex
Feasibility study – Energy
GMF grant: $175,000
City of Saint-John, NB, and Union of Municipalities in New Brunswick (UMNB)
Climate Change & Energy Initiative (CCIE)
Plan - Energy
GMF grant: $175,000
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