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Government of Canada and FCM announce $72 million for municipal projects demonstrating strong actions on climate change (23/06/2017)

Ottawa, ON — The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, and Clark Somerville, Past President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) today announced funding for 48 projects in communities across Canada through the Green Municipal Fund. The $72 million investment supports capital projects, pilot projects, feasibility studies and plans that will directly or indirectly cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and address climate change challenges.

The total cumulative anticipated GHG reduction1 of the capital projects announced is over 310,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent — approximately equal to taking 71,000 cars off the road annually. Today's announcement underlines the positive and crucial role municipalities play in addressing climate change challenges.

Initiatives announced today stem from all parts of the country and deliver innovative approaches that provide cleaner air and water, increase energy efficiency and reduce GHG emissions and solid waste. For example, the Regional County Municipality (RCM) of Manicouagan in Quebec demonstrated that it was possible for a remote northern community to build a multi-material recycling centre in the face of high costs due to distance from major markets for recyclable materials and the region's dispersed population base.

Other initiatives include electric vehicle charging stations for Canada's largest net-zero energy neighbourhood in London, ON; a waste-to-energy transformation system in Southern Alberta; and a feasibility study for a micro-sewer energy recovery system in Richmond, BC.

These initiatives demonstrate that cities and communities are committed to playing a key role in achieving national climate change goals.

Find more information about the initiatives that received funding:

1 FCM reports cumulative GHG emissions avoided using a method that aligns with internationally accepted standards. A key assumption of the approach is that GMF funds projects that are better than business as usual (BAU). FCM determines cumulative GHG emissions avoided based on a projection of these better than BAU benefits, continuing for seven years. This implies there is a cumulative savings over the first seven years of operation. Of note, the capital projects included in this announcement feature anticipated emission reductions. The actual emission reductions may be different once the projects are completed.

"Canadians expect action on climate change, and the Green Municipal Fund is a major step in the right direction. With cities accounting for 70 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, this $72 million investment will support projects that help lower emissions, create good-paying jobs, and foster clean and healthy towns and cities across the country. This is climate action done right."
The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

"We are growing Canada's economy through investments in green infrastructure, clean technologies and lower-carbon transportation options. These innovative and targeted GMF initiatives show these investments in action, solving some of today's biggest environmental challenges while helping us to meet our domestic climate goals and international commitments."
— The Honourable Jim Carr, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources

"FCM is extremely proud to showcase how Canadian municipalities are driving concrete results and contributing in a meaningful way to the national climate change agenda. The projects announced today demonstrate what effective partnership can produce for our country's environment, and how FCM is a natural partner in the transition to low carbon communities."
Clark Somerville, FCM Past President 


Related information

FCM's Green Municipal Fund

Green Municipal Fund 2015-2016 Annual Report

EPA green gas equivalencies table


Federation of Canadian Municipalities
Francine Pressault
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Natural Resources Canada
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Capital projects

City of Vancouver, BC

City of Vancouver, BC, logo
Burrard Bridge Renewal and Transportation Improvement Project
GMF grant: $750,000
GMF loan: $5,000,000

The City of Vancouver will convert a second vehicle lane to a bicycle lane on the Burrard Street Bridge. This bridge, one of the oldest and busiest in Metro Vancouver, crosses False Creek, connecting the high-density downtown core with medium-density neighbourhoods to the south. Pedestrians and cyclists currently make about 10,000 trips a day over the bridge. Once the conversion is completed, the bridge will accommodate two bicycle lanes, two sidewalks and four vehicle lanes.

The project also includes modifying the intersection at Burrard Street and Pacific Street at the north end of the bridge and at nearby blocks so that cyclists can connect safely to the existing network of bike routes downtown.  

As a result of this initiative, the number of pedestrians and cyclists using the bridge is expected to increase to 11,000 a day over the next five years (summer volumes) and vehicle-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are expected to decline.  

Innovative aspect: This high-profile project reflects Vancouver's political leadership in pioneering efforts to encourage alternatives to single-occupancy vehicle traffic. The city has also been innovative in its use of methods for measuring and tracking shifts in transportation use and associated GHG emissions. 

Burrard Bridge concept image of completion

Environmental benefits:

  • Reducing GHG emissions by an estimated 235 tonnes of CO2 equivalent a year by 2022.

Economic benefits:

  • Realizing cost savings related to reduced traffic congestion, reduced demand for parking and road infrastructure maintenance.
  • Reducing travel costs for individuals.
  • Reducing health care costs thanks to the health benefits associated with active transportation, such as a walking and cycling.

Societal benefits:

  • Encouraging more people to adopt non-vehicle modes of travel to and from downtown Vancouver by providing sufficient space for cyclists and pedestrians to comfortably and safely cross the bridge. This is in line with the City's stated transportation goal that 55 per cent of trips in 2020 be made by walking, cycling and transit, up from 40 per cent in 2008.

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City of Nelson, BC and Nelson Hydro

City of Nelson, BC, logo
Biomass District Energy System
GMF grant: $613,280
GMF loan: $4,088,400

The City of Nelson will build a 2-megawatt District Energy system (DES) in the Lakefront Area that will use local wood waste as a fuel source. District energy is the supply of heating, cooling or both to multiple buildings from a central source. Nelson's system plans to connect core buildings, such as the city's civic centre, indoor soccer field, curling club, and the local hospital, and will consist of:

  • A central heating plant with a biomass boiler.
  • An underground piping system to supply hot water to nearby buildings.
  • Energy transfer stations at each facility to transfer heat from the district energy system to the buildings.
  • Several advanced metering technologies for analysis and reporting on: gas consumption, biomass consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, wood waste diversion from landfill, and air quality. Through the DES's annual savings, and with community carbon credits, this project will result in a carbon neutral local government, satisfying one of the main goals of BC's Climate Action Charter.

Innovative aspect: One of the innovative aspects of this project is having a municipally-owned utility that generates revenue for the community. The City of Nelson has had a long history of utility operations and is the only municipality in BC to own and operate an electrical utility that both generates and transmits power.

Mountains with lake in between

Environmental benefits:

  • Saving an estimated 1,672 tonnes of CO2 equivalent emissions annually.
  • Reducing fossil fuel consumption by 79 per cent.
  • Reducing natural gas consumption by 33,459 gigajoules.

Economic benefits:

  • Generating new revenue for the city, which will lower tax increase pressure.

Societal benefits:

  • Providing a model for other Canadian municipalities.

This project is another demonstration of the city's commitment to long-term sustainability through:

  • A Corporate Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan, a Community Energy and Emissions Plan and membership in FCM's Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) Program.
  • An extensive public engagement process in which community members identified a district energy system as a priority.

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District of Saanich, BC

District of Saanich, BC, logo
Saanich Gordon Head Recreation Centre Boiler Replacement
GMF grant: $125,490
GMF loan: $836,630

The District of Saanich will replace the outdated and inefficient boiler heating system at the community's Gordon Head Recreation Centre with an air source heat pump that will translate into significant reductions in both energy usage and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

An air source heat pump is an efficient and flexible system that absorbs heat from outside a building and transfers it inside, or absorbs heat inside and transfers it outside. This way, the system can be used to either heat or cool a space. The new heat pump will meet at least 75 per cent of the building's peak heating load and will enhance the facility's existing solar hot water system. During the coldest time of the year, high-efficiency condensing boilers will provide supplementary heat as needed. A much-improved ability to control temperature in the building will improve the facility's overall energy efficiency. In addition to achieving significant reductions in both the energy usage and operating expenses at the facility, this initiative will also move Saanich closer to its 2020 target of reducing GHG emissions in municipal operations to half that of 2007 levels.  

Innovative aspect: The District of Saanich took an innovative approach to planning and designing the retrofit of this boiler system. Rather than opt for a standard boiler replacement, the District determined that the energy-efficient air source heat pump was the best way to achieve long-term energy and financial savings and carbon emission reductions.

Heat exchanger system

Environmental benefits:

  • Lowering district GHG emissions by about 392.5 tonnes of CO2 equivalent a year.
  • Improving energy efficiency by an anticipated 49 per cent.

Economic benefits:

  • Saving an estimated 6,698 gigajoules in energy a year, equal to an estimated operational savings of over $31,000 annually.
  • Providing better investment payback compared with standard and high-efficiency boiler replacement options.

Societal benefits:

  • Providing an example that will be of interest to other communities with a similar climate to that of Saanich, especially those working towards net-zero GHG emissions.

The project aligns with the plans and policies of the District of Saanich, including those set out in the Sustainable Saanich Official Community Plan (2008), the Climate Action Plan (2010), the Saanich Strategic Energy Management Plan (SEMP), and the district's annual strategic plan.

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Town of Drayton Valley, AB

: Town of Drayton Valley
New Energy Efficient Water Treatment Plant

GMF grant: $674,951
GMF loan: $6,749,515

The Town of Drayton Valley has built a new energy efficient water treatment facility to meet population growth and ensure better management of seasonal high turbidity of the water source. The new facility features a range of greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction measures.

Innovative aspect: Central to the plant's innovative concept is the visibility of alternative and renewable energy technologies on an industrial scale (solar wall, natural daylighting, green roof, solar panels, thermally efficient building envelope). The treated water will exceed national and provincial standards and annual energy consumption is expected to be reduced by 60 per cent compared to a reference building designed to National Energy Code for Buildings (NECB) 2011 standards. To promote education in sustainability, the new building will house a learning space for plant operators-in-training and accommodation for school tours and public awareness activities.

water treatment plant

Environmental benefits:

  • Reducing emissions by 89 tonnes of CO2 equivalent per year.
  • Exceeding national and provincial standards for treated water.
  • Reducing environmental footprint: 40 per cent smaller than a reference building designed to 2011 standards.
  • Conserving water for processing: 6 per cent less than a reference building.
  • Preserving greenfield, as the new building was constructed near an existing facility.

Economic benefits:

  • Using 60 per cent less energy than a reference building.
  • Realizing cost savings from reduced chemical use.

Societal benefits:

  • Providing an improved and stable water supply.
  • Improving the aesthetic quality of natural plants.
  • Incorporating a learning centre at the facility for operators, school tours and public awareness.

Because the building will conserve energy and demonstrate leadership in sustainable development, the project aligns well with the Town's master and sustainable community plans.

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Aquatera Utilities Inc. and the City of Grande Prairie, AB

City of Grande Prairie Canada
Landfill Gas to Energy and District Heat Project

GMF grant: $500,000
GMF loan: $5,000,000

Aquatera Utilities Inc., a municipal corporation, will partner with the City of Grande Prairie to build a combined heat and power system fueled by the methane gas naturally produced at the Aquatera landfill site. Capturing and burning the methane, along with supplementary natural gas, will produce both heat and electrical power. This generated electricity and recovered waste heat will serve Aquatera's water and wastewater treatment plants just 600 metres away.

Aquatera will also install a bioreactor at the landfill site (funded under another application), which will increase and accelerate the landfill's production of methane while increasing the site's capacity and extending the site's life.

The energy and cost savings achieved by converting unused methane to heat and power offer important environmental and economic benefits.

Innovative aspect: This integrated project will harness the methane that would otherwise be off-gassed from the landfill site. The generated power and heat will replace demand for natural gas to operate the treatment plant boilers and demand for electricity drawn from the grid-largely generated from coal elsewhere in Alberta. 

Bioreactor landfill with tall grass in foreground

Environmental benefits:

  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by about 70,739 tonnes of CO2 equivalent annually.
  • Reducing overall energy consumption by the water and wastewater treatment plants by an estimated 58.3 per cent annually.
  • Extending the life of the landfill site with a bioreactor that will speed up the decomposition of landfill material and create up to 30 per cent more airspace (landfill capacity) before the site reaches its limit.

Economic benefits: 

  • Lowering the rates charged to water utility customers, thanks to the energy and cost savings achieved by the project.
  • Selling the carbon credits earned from this project (through Alberta's voluntary carbon offset program) will contribute to its financial viability.   

Societal benefits:

  • Providing a model for other Canadian municipalities to consider.

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City of Thompson, MB

City of Thompson, MB, logo
Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrades and Associated Works
GMF grant: $750,000
GMF loan: $5,000,000 

The City of Thompson will build a centralized wastewater treatment plant to replace an outdated plant and lagoon. The new plant will be on the same site as the old system, and the old building will be remodeled to house equipment, as well as water and sewer materials.

Innovative aspect: The new plant will use Sequencing Batch Reactor (SBR) technology followed by ultraviolet disinfection. SBR treats sludge in batches and all of the treatment takes place in a reactor tank. The latest automated technology will be installed for superior supervisory control and data acquisition, resulting in optimum treatment, monitoring and evaluation. Other plant features include:

  • Multiple-tray screening for high performance grit removal.
  • A modern centrifuge, creating low-moisture sludge cake to reduce solid waste volume.
  • Dedicated odour control.
  • Energy recovery from exhaust air.
  • High efficiency HVAC.
  • Low-flush toilets.

The existing lagoon will become a composting site. Some of the sludge from the new facility will be used to produce compost.

building in winter with truck

Environmental benefits:

  • Saving an estimated 2.95 tonnes of CO2 equivalent emissions annually.
  • Achieving phosphorus compliance by July 2017.
  • Producing cleaner effluent.
  • Reducing solid waste.
  • Minimizing water use.

Economic benefits:

  • Enabling planned residential, infill and commercial developments to proceed.

Societal benefits:

  • Improving odour control.
  • Providing new wastewater treatment service for nearby campsites and communities. 

The project is consistent with Thompson's Sustainable Community Plan, which identifies that a new plant is needed for planned development. Neighbouring communities will also benefit from the project, since the remodeled, old facility will serve as a receiving station for wastewater hauled from nearby campsites and other communities with no access to treatment.

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Municipality of Middlesex Centre, ON

Municipality of Middlesex Centre, ON, logo
Proposed Construction of a 9,900 sq. ft. Net-Zero Energy (NZE) Carbon Neutral Fire Hall

GMF grant: $393,200
GMF loan: $2,621,500

The Municipality of Middlesex Centre will replace the aging Coldstream Fire Hall to adequately serve the municipality's growing population with a net-zero energy (NZE) carbon neutral fire hall. A NZE building relies on exceptional energy conservation and on-site renewable power generation to meet all of its heating, cooling and electricity needs on an annual basis. These buildings consequently contribute less overall greenhouse gas to the atmosphere than similar non-NZE buildings.

Innovative aspect: The NZE building will promote energy conservation and serve to demonstrate the value of high performance, energy efficient buildings, thereby encouraging citizens to learn about these buildings and motivating similar construction in Middlesex Centre and beyond. Electricity will be produced from a ground source heat pump and rooftop photovoltaic cells. The new site will feature efficient lighting and HVAC systems, high efficiency appliances including low flow water fixtures, rainwater harvesting and drought resistant and native plants. 

Artist impression of net-zero fire hall

Environmental benefits:

  • Reducing emissions by 28.5 tonnes of CO2 equivalent per year.
  • Reducing energy consumption.
  • Conserving water.

Economic benefits:

  • Realizing 25 per cent in energy savings, documented through a GMF-funded feasibility study.
  • Using excess power from solar panels to offset energy used by other buildings on the same micro grid.

Societal benefits:

  • Improving firefighting capacity.
  • Providing a practical example from which to learn about NZE buildings.

Green building is encouraged in the municipality and is consistent with the Strategic Plan of Middlesex Centre. In addition, the Sustainability Manual for Residential Land Subdivision, developed in partnership with Western University, resulted in a matrix that will be used to evaluate social, environmental and economic benefits of current and future developments. Information sharing will occur through the Middlesex Sustainability Alliance, made up of the county's municipalities, and will encourage the construction of other high performance buildings  in Middlesex Centre and throughout Ontario.

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City of Rivière-du-Loup and the RCM of Rivière-du-Loup, QC
Société d'économie mixte d'énergie renouvelable de la région de Rivière-du-Loup (SÉMER)

RCM of Rivière-du-Loup, QC, logo
Anaerobic Digestion Facility for the Treatment and Reclamation of Residual Organic Matter

GMF grant: $991,801
GMF loan: $7,500,000

A new facility for the treatment and reclamation of residual organic matter is being built through a partnership between the Regional County Municipality (RCM) of Rivière-du-Loup, the City of Rivière-du-Loup and Envirogaz, and under the stewardship of the Société d'économie mixte d'énergie renouvelable de la région de Rivière-du-Loup Inc. (SÉMER). SÉMER will be in charge of managing the treatment facility where the organic waste will be converted into biogas as well as fertilizer for use on farmland. 

Blue silos

The primary environmental benefits of this project involve boosting the diversion rate from 19 per cent to 61 per cent, which means 42 per cent less residual matter ending up in landfill. Other benefits estimated on the basis of a complete characterization of the project include reducing greenhouse gases by more than 20,155 tonnes of CO2 equivalent per year. These estimates are based on a project life of 25 years. 

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City of Sherbrooke and the RCM of Saint-François, QC 
The inter-municipal waste management board for the City of Sherbrooke and the RCM of Haut-Saint-François (Valoris)

City of Sherbrooke, QC, logo RCM of Saint-François, QC, logo
Construction of a sorting centre for waste going to landfill
GMF grant: $750,000
GMF loan: $7,500,000

The inter-municipal waste management board (called Valoris) for the Regional County Municipality (RCM) of Haut-Saint-François and the City of Sherbrooke has built a waste sorting centre to reclaim residual materials that would normally go to landfill. This centre complements the region's existing recycling and composting operations. The sorting centre will help the participating municipalities achieve a diversion rate of more than 60 per cent, as compared with 38 per cent for Haut-Saint-François and 55 per cent for Sherbrooke in 2012, or a reduction equivalent to 180,205 tonnes of CO2 equivalent.

Building under construction with machinery and trucks in foreground

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Bio Énergie Forestière and the Municipality of Saint-Ubalde, QC

Municipality of Saint-Ubalde, QC, logo
District Heating System and Wood Pellet Plant

GMF grant: $116,833
GMF loan: $584,167

The Municipality of Saint-Ubalde has plans to install a district heating system that uses residual forest biomass as fuel. The goal is to reduce heating-related costs, particulate emissions and greenhouse gas emissions associated with its municipal, institutional, commercial and residential buildings.

Eight buildings will be connected to the system, namely the church, municipal library, community centre, post office, town hall, the CLSC (local community service centre), a garage, as well as a wood processing shop and offices.

Mechanical Furnace installation

The initiative will replace 95.1 per cent of the energy from fossil fuels and the electrical grid that is consumed annually for heating. It will thereby prevent the production of 218 tonnes of CO2 equivalent per year, or the equivalent of taking 46 cars off the road each year. The project will also reduce long-term heating costs for the buildings connected to the system by 40 per cent and generate value from residual forest biomass that might otherwise have negative environmental impacts. It will also consolidate local employment in the sector. In conjunction with this project, the municipality is working on setting up a small plant to dry wood chips from the Saint-Ubalde sawmill residue in order to increase the thermal value of the residue for the new forest biomass boilers.

This initiative will showcase the economic and financial viability of the project, which could be replicated by other small municipalities across the country. The municipality will also put a performance monitoring and evaluation plan in place for the construction, commissioning and operating phases of the project, and this information could be shared with other communities that are considering their own district heating projects. 

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Société d'Économie Mixte de l'Est de la Couronne Sud (SÉMECS), RCMs of La Vallée-du-Richelieu, Marguerite-D'Youville and Rouville, QC

RCM of Vallée-du-Richelieu, QC, logo
Organic Waste Biomethanation and Composting Centre

GMF grant: $750,000
GMF loan: $7,500,000

A new biomethanation plant and biorefinery will be built to recycle 70 per cent of the organic waste from three Regional County Municipalities on Montreal's South Shore: La Vallée-du-Richelieu, Marguerite-D'Youville and Rouville. The Société d'Économie Mixte de l'Est de la Couronne Sud Inc. (SÉMECS) plans to build the facility to serve residents from the 27 municipalities in the region, or about 221,331 residents over 1,456 square kilometres.

Innovative aspect: With standardized municipal by-laws requiring industrial, commercial and institutional (ICI) sectors to send their organic waste to the treatment centre, a total of 50,000 tonnes of organic waste a year will be diverted from landfill, including 35,543 tonnes of residential organic waste. This will result in a landfill diversion rate of 59.86 per cent, an increase of 30 per cent over the current rate.

Organic Waste Treatment by biomethanization Center sign

Environmental benefits:

  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by about 11,924 tonnes of CO2 equivalent annually.
  • Decreasing natural gas consumption by 20 per cent, or 200,000 gigajoules a year, due to the use of biogas by the GreenField ethanol plant.
  • Reducing energy consumption at the biomethanation facilities by an estimated 10,000 gigajoules by using residual thermal energy to preheat organic waste.  

Economic benefits: 

  • Stimulating the local economy.
  • Increasing job opportunities.  

Societal benefits:

  • Increasing public awareness about the integrated management of organic waste by installing an interpretive centre.
  • Sharing the knowledge acquired through this project to help other regions replicate a biomethanation project, by offering tours of the facilities and collaborating with the University of Sherbrooke's research chair on renewable fuels.
  • Enhancing the visibility of the project as a result of the proximity of the biomethanation plant and biorefinery to the world class renewable fuel excellence centre also located in the Varennes industrial park.   

Securing the supply of waste materials required to ensure the reliability of such a project, having biogas purchased by an industrial partner, and supplying local farmers with digestate are aligned with the provincial and municipal governments' sustainable development strategies and policies. 

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Régie de gestion des matières résiduelles de Manicouagan, QC

Régie de gestion des matières résiduelles de Manicouagan logo
Restructuring of Residual Materials Collection, Treatment, Disposal and Reclamation Activities

GMF grant: $500,000
GMF loan: $5,569,920

The mandate of the Régie de gestion des matières résiduelles de Manicouagan (RGMRM) is to regionalize and standardize residual materials collection, treatment, disposal and reclamation activities in the Regional County Municipality (RCM) of Manicouagan, which consists of eight communities including the City of Baie-Comeau and the municipalities of Baie-Trinité, Chute-aux-Outardes, Franquelin, Godbout, Pointe-aux-OutardesPointe-Lebel and Ragueneau.

The RGMRM set a target to reclaim 65 per cent of residual materials (or the equivalent of 25,852 tonnes of CO2 equivalent) across its expansive territory by consolidating existing services and adding new services. FCM funding has helped the region build a multi-material recycling centre in the Baie-Comeau industrial park.

Manicouagan's Complexe de gestion intégrée des matières résiduelles (CGIMRM), or integrated residual materials management complex, houses collection, treatment and recycling services in a single location — a first in Quebec. It includes the RGMRM's administrative offices, a transfer centre including an electric baler, an ecocentre, a woodworking and mechanical shop, and a re-use store. These services all work together to maximize waste recycling and minimize what ends up in landfill. The CGIMRM's integrated management approach maximizes the waste and items reclaimed through a source selection process carried out at the pre-sorting station upstream of the ecocentre.

Transfer Center baler

The project delivers tangible environmental, economic and social benefits. The lessons learned will definitely serve to inform other municipalities similar to the RCM of Manicouagan, specifically municipalities in remote northern regions facing high costs owing to their distance from major markets for recyclable materials and their dispersed population base.

The RGMRM, it should be noted, received the 2014 Phoenix environmental award in the municipalities and municipal organizations category for the launch of their integrated residual materials management complex, the CGIMRM.

In keeping with FCM's Green Municipal Fund mandate, a project report will soon be available to inform and inspire other municipalities.

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Town of Hampton, NB

Town of Hampton logo
Former Kings County Court House Energy Retrofit and Renewal
GMF grant: $57,575
GMF loan: $575,760

The Town of Hampton will retrofit and renew the former Kings County Court House, with a view to reducing its energy usage. This provincially-designated heritage building, dating to the 1870s, sits on a recently redeveloped town square. The building will house municipal facilities, while continuing to accommodate existing tenants: the John Peters Humphrey Foundation, which promotes the legacy of the Hampton-born man who was the original author of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the Kings County Historical Society.

Innovative aspect: Once complete, the project will preserve heritage and promote history with on-site interpretative displays and exhibitions, while enhancing the environment. Improvements include:

  • Replacing oil heating systems with electric heat pumps for better heating, ventilation and air conditioning.
  • Upgrading electrical systems.
  • Installing low flow toilets.
  • Using high efficiency light fixtures.

Town of Hampton, NB, courthouse

Environmental benefits:

  • Reducing emissions by 33.2 tonnes of CO2 equivalent per year.
  • Using less water.
  • Redeveloping a brownfield site.

Economic benefits:

  • Reducing energy consumption by 69 per cent.
  • Reducing operating costs by 53 per cent.
  • Extending the building lifespan by 140 years.

Societal benefits:

  • Improving access to the building.
  • Preserving and celebrating Hampton's small-town heritage.

A Partners for Climate Protection member, Hampton is working toward Milestone Four of the program, implementing greenhouse gas reductions. This project is consistent with the town's GMF-funded Integrated Community Sustainability Plan.

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Cape Breton Regional Municipality, NS

Cape Breton Regional Municipality
Grand Lake Road Multi-use Path
GMF grant: $100,000
GMF loan: $1,000,000

Cape Breton Regional Municipality will construct a 10-kilometre multi-use path connecting its two largest communities of Sydney and Glace Bay with key destinations. These include Cape Breton University (the municipality's largest educational institution), Marconi Community College, a regional shopping mall and the Douglas McCurdy airport. This corridor is currently only being served by Grand Lake Road, a four-lane highway. The project will encourage active transportation and contribute to a significant reduction in CO2 equivalent emissions.

Innovative aspect: Once completed, the path will be the longest paved bike path in Nova Scotia. It will be built alongside a busy highway, allowing walking, cycling and in-line skating as alternatives to frequent travel by vehicle. Because land has already been disturbed by the highway, there will be negligible destruction of vegetation and natural features. Hay bales, silt traps and sedimentation ponds will be used if necessary to reduce runoff during construction. Low maintenance landscaping and tree planting will enhance scenery.
person in green shirt riding bike

Environmental benefits:

  • Reducing emissions by 1,562 tonnes of CO2 equivalent per year.
  • Encouraging a shift to active modes of transport on the path has the potential to significantly reduce vehicle use.

Economic benefits:

  • Enhancing access to Cape Breton University, a key driver of the local economy.
  • Reducing health costs.
  • Stimulating the local economy.

Societal benefits:

  • Improving health from active transportation and reduced carbon emissions.
  • Expanding opportunities for outdoor activity with friends and family.
  • Increasing civic pride.

Developing the path is a signature project of Cape Breton's Active Transportation and Community Sustainability Plan, and is supported by local communities. An advisory committee has been formed and includes representatives from business; cycling and health, including the Heart and Stroke Foundation; as well as officials from the university and provincial departments of transportation and health.

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Pilot projects, feasibility studies and plans

The pilot projects, feasibility studies and plans included in the announcement are initiatives that, if carried to completion, also have the potential to lead to CO2 emission reduction.

British Columbia

City of Victoria, BC and Greater Victoria Harbour Authority

Pilot Project to Evaluate the EV 550 All-electric Double-decker Bus for Cruise Ship Transportation
Field test — Transportation
GMF grant: $350,000

City of Richmond, BC

Minoru Complex Neighbourhood Energy Utility Solar Feasibility Study
Feasibility study — Energy (District energy — Renewable source)
GMF grant: $69,000

Micro-Sewer Heat Recovery District Energy Utility Feasibility Study
Feasibility study — Energy 
GMF grant: $83,000

River Parkway and Middle Arm Waterfront Park Brownfield Site Assessment and Remedial Action Feasibility Study
Feasibility study — Brownfields 
GMF grant: $175,000

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Town of Coaldale, AB, and Southern Alberta Energy from Waste Association

Southern Alberta Energy from Waste Association (SAEWA) 'Energy from Waste Project'
Feasibility study — Transportation
GMF grant: $173,250

Town of St. Paul, AB

Establishing a Regional Waste to Value-added Facility
Feasibility study — Waste
GMF grant: $175,000

City of Regina, SK

Regina Revitalization Initiative — Railyard Renewal Project
Plan — Multi-sector (Sustainable neighbourhood)
GMF grant: $175,000

Partnership of the Manitoba Capital Region — 18 municipalities including the City of Winnipeg, MB

Manitoba Capital Region Transportation Modal Shift Feasibility Study
Feasibility study — Transportation
GMF grant: $122,100 

Manitoba Capital Region Waste Management Rationalization Feasibility Study
Feasibility study — Waste
GMF grant: $110,000

Forks Foundation and the City of Winnipeg, MB

Railside + Parcel 4 Development Framework and Integrated Sustainable Neighbourhood Action Plan
Plan — Multi-sector (Sustainable neighbourhood) 
GMF grant: $175,000

Municipality of Bifrost-Riverton, MB, and the Arborg-Bifrost Community Development Corporation Inc.

Arborg-Bifrost-Riverton Sustainable Community Development Plan
Plan — Multi-sector
GMF grant: $67,650

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City of Hamilton, ON

Hamilton Bike Share Everyone Rides Initiative
Pilot project — Transportation
GMF grant: $274,500

City of Hamilton, ON and Hamilton Utilities Corporation

Hamilton Waterfront Piers 7 & 8 — District Energy System
Feasibility study — Energy
GMF grant: $175,000

City of London, ON and London Hydro Inc.

DC Grid for High Density Electric Vehicle Charging and other DC Loads
Feasibility study — Brownfields
GMF grant: $100,000

County of Oxford, ON and Tillsonburg Properties for Community Living

Concession Street Energy Efficient Affordable Housing
Feasibility study — Energy
GMF grant: $172,600

Municipality of Red Lake, ON

Red Lake Events Centre Feasibility Study
Feasibility study — Energy
GMF grant: $75,050

City of Toronto, ON

TransformTO: Climate Action for a Healthy, Equitable and Prosperous City
Plan — Energy
GMF grant: $175,000

City of Windsor, ON

Windsor's Community Energy Plan and Climate Change Action Plan
Plan — Energy
GMF Grant: $148,300

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City of Beaconsfield, QC

Optimization of Selective Waste Collection with an Incentive Tariff
Pilot project — Waste
GMF grant: $51,500 

Fondation Trains de nuit and the Municipalities of Bromont, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Farnham, Brigham, Lac-Brome, Cowansville, Sutton, Magog, Sherbrooke and the Regional County Municipality of Brome-Missisquoi, QC

Study of Feasibility and Modal Shift for a Passenger Train between Montreal and Sherbrooke
Feasibility study — Transportation
GMF grant: $175,000

Côte-de-Beaupré Regional County Municipality, QC

Sustainable and Optimal Residual Materials Management for Côte-de-Beaupré
Feasibility study — Waste
GMF grant: $106,625

City of Longueuil, QC

Mobility Study, Longue Rive and Place Charles-Le Moyne Hubs
Feasibility study — Transportation
GMF grant: $175,000

Development and Testing of Two All-electric Police Motorcycle Prototypes
Pilot project — Transportation
GMF grant: $186,600

Master Sustainable Development Plans for the following hubs:

  • Roland-Therrien Hub
    GMF grant: $73,462
  • Longue Rive Hub
    GMF grant: $175,000
  • Place Charles-Le Moyne Hub
    GMF grant: $175,000

Plessisville Industrial Promotion Committee and the Association québécoise pour la maîtrise de l'énergie, in partnership with the City of Plessisville, the Municipalities of Varennes and Verchères, QC and Écohabitation 

Innovative Financing Mechanisms for Efficient Municipalities (FIME)
Pilot project — Energy
GMF grant: $260,000

Société d'innovation en environnement (SIE) and the Municipalities of Plessisville, Nicolet, Bromont, Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac, Rivière-du-Loup and Sainte-Julienne, QC

Regional Electric Car-sharing System (SAUVéR)
Pilot project — Transportation
GMF grant: $350,000

City of Bromont, QC

Action Plan for the Development of Sustainable Neighbourhoods on Vacant Lots in Downtown Bromont
Plan — Sustainable neighbourhoods
GMF grant: $55,000 

City of Lac-Mégantic, QC

Integrated Sustainable Development Planning for the Reconstruction of Downtown Lac-Mégantic
Plan — Sustainable neighbourhoods
GMF grant: $175,000 

Community Futures Development Corporation of La Neigette (CFDC) and Saint-Eugène-de-Ladrière Parish, QC

The Haut-Pays Mobilized: Joint Sustainability Action Plans for Four Municipalities in the RMC of Rimouski-Neigette
Plan — Multi-sector
GMF grant: $59,067

Commerce Sherbrooke and the City of Sherbrooke, QC

Sustainable Neighbourhood Development Master Plan for Downtown Sherbrooke
Plan — Multi-sector
GMF grant: $72,875

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Town of Bridgewater, NS

Bridgewater  Community Energy Initiative
Plan — Energy
GMF grant: $66,600

Union of Municipalities of New Brunswick and the City of Saint John; Towns of Dalhousie, Woodstock, Rothesay, Sussex, Quispamsis, Grand-Bay Westfield; Villages of Perth-Andover, Rexton, McAdam and Petitcodiac, NB

UMNB Climate Change & Energy Initiative (CCIE)
Plan — Energy
GMF grant: $175,000

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The Government of Canada endowed the Federation of Canadian Municipalities with $550 million to establish the Green Municipal Fund™. An additional $125 million top-up to this endowment was also announced in Budget 2016 and will be added to the Fund in 2017-18. 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.

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Page Updated: 13/10/2017