Government of Canada and FCM support the City/RCM of Shawinigan’s urban and sustainable development plan review (06/11/2014)
Shawinigan, QC — The Honourable Greg Rickford, Minister of Natural Resources and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, and Brad Woodside, president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and mayor of the City of Fredericton, NB, today announced a Green Municipal Fund™ (GMF) grant for the City/RCM of Shawinigan. The $89,240 in funding will be used to review the city's urban and sustainable development plan from a broad sustainability perspective.
"Our Government is helping municipalities across the country to achieve their goal of a cleaner and healthier environment through the Green Municipal Fund," said Mr. Rickford. "Today's announcement is another example of how our government — in partnership with FCM — is helping communities like Shawinigan build a greener future for our citizens."
Created 12 years after amalgamation, the new City of Shawinigan must adapt its urban and sustainable development plan to suit its new context.
"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 supports the development of communities that are more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable."
The revised urban and sustainable development plan will set the stage for implementing specific action plans to address environmental concerns (water, transportation, contaminated soil, energy, natural resources, and heritage), social issues (a younger population, adapting municipal services for various community groups, family policy, etc.) and economic objectives (job creation and economic revitalization).
"The sustainable development approach that we envision for our citizens is ambitious yet realistic. It will ensure that we leave our children with an even better, more livable city," noted Michel Angers, mayor of Shawinigan. "Together, we'll bestow on future generations a city that enhances and protects the beauty and riches of its landscape, heritage and nature."
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.