Government of Canada and FCM support Iqaluit’s energy-efficient Aquatic Centre (31/07/2015)
These piles will keep Iqaluit's Aquatic Centre off the ground.
This news release is also available in Inuktitut.
Iqaluit, NU — The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council, on behalf of the Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, and Raymond Louie (TBC), President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and Acting Mayor of the City of Vancouver, BC, today announced a Green Municipal FundTM (GMF) loan of $7.5 million and grant of $750,000 for the City of Iqaluit. The city is putting the $8.25 million in funding toward the construction of an energy-efficient aquatic and recreational centre to meet the needs of a community with one of Canada's fastest-growing populations of young people.
"This new, multi-use and energy-efficient aquatic centre is great example of our Government's commitment to building strong and sustainable northern communities," said Minister Aglukkaq. "The multi-use aquatic centre will be a place where our children can be healthy and active while developing life skills that will stay with them for the rest of their lives."
"The Green Municipal Fund offers a range of resources and services that specifically address the sustainable community development needs of municipal governments," said Mr. Louie. "The financing and knowledge provided by the fund supports the development of communities — in every part of Canada — that are more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable. I'm especially proud that the GMF is helping build a facility that will be so important to all residents of Iqaluit — but especially the young. "
A well-designed building envelope, energy-efficient equipment, and a connection to Iqaluit's waste-heat based district energy system will combine to minimize the 3,500 square metre Aquatic Centre's energy footprint. The energy-efficient design will help reduce future environmental and economic costs.
The Aquatic Centre project will also reduce its environmental impact by re-using and recycling materials and remediating contaminated land for the project.
The new facility will be supported by an innovative foundation that allows air to circulate beneath the building and reduce its impact on the permafrost.
The Aquatic Centre's energy-efficient design and environmentally responsible construction methods will have an environmentally and socially positive impact for the City of Iqaluit.
"Funding from FCM's Green Municipal Fund was critically important in helping the City of Iqaluit move forward with building a multi-use Aquatic Centre to meet the needs of the residents, said Mayor Mary Wilman. "We are making great strides in developing important community infrastructure that is energy efficient and environmentally sustainable.
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.