Harper Government and FCM support the Region of Queens’ Queens Place Emera Centre an energy-efficient recreation centre (28/01/2014)
Region of Queens Municipality, NS — The Honourable Joe Oliver, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, and Claude Dauphin, president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and mayor of the Borough of Lachine, City of Montréal, Quebec today announced Green Municipal Fund™ (GMF) loan and grant contributions for the Region of Queens. The $2,191,599, which was awarded by FCM in January 2011, was used to fund the construction of an energy-efficient multi-purpose recreation facility.
"The Government of Canada 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 Minister Oliver. "Today's announcement is another example of how our government — in partnership with the FCM — is helping communities like the Region of Queens build a greener future for all of us."
"FCM's Green Municipal Fund offers a range of resources and services that specifically address the sustainable community development needs of municipal governments," said Dauphin. "The financing and knowledge provided by the Fund supports the development of communities that are more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable."
Queens Place Emera Centre is a multi-purpose facility that includes an arena, a fitness center, an indoor and an outdoor walking track, a youth health center and space for a number of other uses.
The Queens Place Emera Centre design uses ammonia refrigeration, which cools more efficiently than conventional Freon-based systems. Features like in-floor heating and ventilation systems that use low-grade heat will reduce the facility's energy consumption compared to a conventional design.
Queens Place Emera Centre's innovative features can be showcased to neighbouring communities, the Union of the Nova Scotia Municipalities, the Recreation Facilities Association of Nova Scotia and the business community to raise the bar for the energy efficiency of municipal facilities. The center is expected to attract economic growth to the region and has already resulted in the construction of a 65-room hotel, creating 25 new full-time jobs.
The facility will also provide residents of all ages and ability levels with opportunities for year-round physical activity and reinforces the Region's environmental stewardship role with both its citizens and other municipalities.
"It is very exciting that Queens Place Emera Centre has become a hub of the community for both sporting and cultural events" said Region of Queens Mayor Christopher Clarke. "The community is very lucky to have had the opportunity for the various funding sources and is very appreciative of the support that we received from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities in 2011, through the green fund grant and low interest loan."
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.