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Communities across British Columbia receive new funding for innovative green initiatives (09/02/2018)

Vancouver, BC  — The Government of Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) today announced $5 million in grants and loans through the Green Municipal Fund to eight communities across British Columbia for innovative local projects that will deliver environmental benefits and improve the local quality of life. 

Municipalities across Canada are modelling some of Canada's most advanced green solutions, reducing Canada's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and supporting local priorities such as increased transit, energy efficient buildings, and better waste management.

The initiatives demonstrate the impact effective partnership between governments can have on our environment and quality of life, and the rich potential that lies in scaling up local solutions to ensure that Canada meets its climate and sustainability goals.

Examples include:

  • Vancouver is building Canada's first 'Passive House' Fire Hall — designed to be net-zero energy and LEED Gold (v4) certified. The hall will also be fitted with the technology necessary for it to act as a citywide emergency hub. The project will be a model for other communities looking to retrofit or rebuild their fire halls.
  • The Capital Regional District is developing a pilot project aimed at reducing GHGs by testing zero-emissions vehicles within its fleet. The district, serving 13 BC municipalities, wants to reduce its climate impact by developing a suite of fleet optimization tools, and analyzing the use of zero-emissions vehicles for emergency resilience. and
  • The District of Squamish is set to conduct a pilot project focused on increasing waste diversion at commercial and multi-family housing properties by identifying the barriers to, and benefits of, composting and recycling. The initiative is built on a zero-waste strategy whose priority is to implement a new bylaw banning the disposal of organics and recyclables community-wide.

Read more about the initiatives approved for funding:

Today's announcement was made by the Honourable Harjit Singh Sajjan, MP Vancouver South and Minister of National Defence, on behalf of the Honourable Jim Carr, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, and FCM President Jenny Gerbasi.

"We are proud to support British Columbia's efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This funding will enable B.C.'s innovative solutions to continue to progress with an emphasis on climate change leading to a significant environmental impact domestically and internationally."
Harjit Singh Sajjan, Member of Parliament for Vancouver South and Minister of National Defence

"We invited local governments to bring us their most innovative solutions, and we continue to be impressed by what they propose. The initiatives announced today deliver tangible and ongoing benefits to residents and demonstrate local governments' critical role in tackling Canada's climate and sustainability challenges. With continued national leadership and investment, remarkable progress is possible."
Jenny Gerbasi, FCM President

The Government of Canada endowed the FCM with $550 million to establish the Green Municipal Fund. 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 1,400 municipal projects.

Related information

FCM's Green Municipal Fund

FCM's Green Municipal Fund 2016-2017 Annual Report

Government of Canada's $180 billion+ infrastructure plan

Federal infrastructure investments since 2002


For more information, please contact:

FCM Media Relations
T. 613-907-6395

Media Relations
Natural Resources Canada
T. 343-292-6100

Capital projects

Cowichan Valley Regional District, BC

Logo of the Cowichan Valley Regional District, BC
Meade Creek Recycling Centre upgrade and incinerator ash landfill closure project
GMF grant: $188,800
GMF loan: $1,258,300

The Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) will upgrade the Meade Creek Recycling Centre and Garbage Drop-Off Depot, which serves the West Cowichan communities of Lake Cowichan, Youbou, Honeymoon Bay and Skutz Falls. Together, these communities have a resident population of approximately 6,600, which increases by 100,000 in the summer months with the influx of recreational visitors. Residents can drop off garbage and recycling at the Meade Creek Recycling Centre and Garbage Drop-Off Depot. This option supplements the curbside collection programs in the region. Recyclables not collected at curbside represent the majority of what is collected at the facility. These include yard waste and household products (e.g. light bulbs, batteries etc.). Commercial recycling and garbage are also dropped off at the facility. This project aligns with the CVRD's commitment to zero waste. The CVRD will design the facility to accommodate future improvements in the separation of organics and recyclables.

Aerial shot of depot, indicating traffic flow, drop off areas and more.

Innovative aspect:

  • Meade Creek Recycling Centre is located at the site of an old municipal solid waste incinerator. The upgrades will allow the district to close the landfill and provide a state of the art recycling facility.  The CVRD will encapsulate approximately 27,000 tonnes of ash on-site as per the Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy's landfill closure requirements. This will reduce the cost of ash handling and reduce GHG emissions associated with the project. The district used this approach successfully at the CVRD's Peerless Road Recycling Centre upgrade project, completed in 2014.

Environmental benefit: 

  • The amount of material recycled will increase from 433 tonnes to 750 tonnes per year, improving the facility's diversion rate from 10 per cent to 58 per cent.

Economic benefits:

  • Landfill costs and waste depot construction costs will be reduced, with keeping the 27,000 tonnes of waste ash material on-site.

  • The centre's location is convenient for diverting material from the municipal waste stream.

Social benefit:

  • The project will enhance service to residents by increasing the number of materials accepted on site, reducing wait times and increasing accessibility.

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City of Vancouver, BC

Logo of the City of Vancouver, BC
Canada's first Zero Carbon Passive House fire hall: Vancouver's Fire Hall #17
GMF grant: $300,000
GMF loan: $2,000,000

Fire Hall #17 in Southeast Vancouver has reached the end of its life. The city will demolish it, and build a new net-zero-energy hall that will be Passive House certified and meet the requirements of CaGBC's new Zero Carbon Building standard. The project aligns with Vancouver's Greenest City 2020 Action Plan, its Renewable City Strategy, and its Zero Emissions Building Plan.

The building will be designed to Passive House standards that will reduce its energy consumption, and remaining carbon emissions will be offset through the generation of renewable energy using solar PV panels. The fire hall is being designed to a post-disaster standard, and will act as a citywide emergency hub in the event of an information technology (IT) network breakdown. In this regard, the building will be fitted with IT, radio, SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition), and traffic control equipment. The project will serve as an example of sound project and risk management practices, and will be a model for other communities looking to retrofit or rebuild their fire halls.

Artist rendering of new fire hall, with firetrucks.

Innovative aspect:

  • Passive House buildings allow for heating and cooling-related energy savings of up to 90 per cent compared to typical building stock, and over 75 per cent compared to average new builds.

Environmental benefits:

  • Rooftop solar photovoltaic panels will produce renewable energy that will offset 100 per cent of the building's GHG emissions.

  • The project will reduce C02e emissions by 33 tonnes per year.

Social benefits:

  • The project will enhance residents' quality of life by making community emergency services more efficient and resilient.

  • The hall will act as a citywide emergency hub in the event of an information technology network breakdown.

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Plans, studies and pilot projects

Capital Regional District, BC

Capital Regional District zero emissions fleet initiative pilot project
Pilot project — Transportation
GMF grant: $350,000  

Village of Cumberland, BC

Liquid waste management plan
Feasibility study — Water
GMF grant: $175,000

Regional District of East Kootenay, BC, and Community Energy Association

Fueling Change in the Kootenays 
Pilot project — Transportation
GMF grant: $350,000  

District of Squamish, BC

Organic waste & recyclable diversion in commercial and multi-family properties, technical assistance & outreach 
Pilot project — Waste
GMF grant: $20,000

City of Surrey, BC

Newton Sustainability in Action
Plan — Multi-sector
GMF grant: $44,700

Community hub in Clayton
Feasibility study — Energy
GMF grant: $175,000  

City of Terrace, BC

Co-op site brownfield investigation and subdivision
Feasibility study — Brownfields
GMF grant: $72,100

Detailed site investigation and final environmental works for Terrace former Co-op site
Feasibility study — Brownfields
GMF grant: $61,900

City of Vancouver, BC

Once-through cooling units: Prevalence study and retrofit pilot project for water savings in Vancouver
Pilot project — Water
GMF grant: $88,990

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Page Updated: 18/10/2018