Government of Canada and FCM support Burnhamthorpe Sustainable Neighbourhood Retrofit Action Plan (29/05/2015)
Green transportation supports the strategic objectives of TRCA, the City of Mississauga and GMF.
Mississauga, ON — Wladyslaw Lizon, Member of Parliament for Mississauga East — Cooksville, on behalf of the Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, and Brad Woodside, President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and Mayor of the City of Fredericton, New Brunswick, today announced a Green Municipal Fund™ (GMF) grant of $78,800 for the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) and the City of Mississauga. The grant will support the development of a Sustainable Neighbourhood Retrofit Action Plan (SNAP) that will incorporate environmental and socioeconomic goals for the established Burnhamthorpe neighbourhood in the City of Mississauga's Ward 3.
"Our Government 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 MP Lizon. "Today's announcement is another example of how our government — in partnership with FCM — is helping communities like the City of Mississauga build a greener future for our citizens."
"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 environmentally, socially and economically sustainable communities and neighbourhoods."
Many public and private properties within Mississauga's Burnhamthorpe neighbourhood are aging and in need of retrofit. This presents an opportunity to implement sustainable solutions. The SNAP neighbourhood in Mississauga will seek to increase community sustainability efforts and fulfill the strategic directions of higher-level municipal and regional plans. The undertaking is a highly collaborative project involving the TRCA, municipal partners, utilities, local community groups, residents and businesses.
"Toronto and Region Conservation Authority appreciates the support of the Green Municipal Fund to develop a Sustainable Neighbourhood Retrofit Action Plan for the Burnhamthorpe community in Mississauga," said TRCA Chair Maria Augimeri. "We hope that in close collaboration with local community leaders, residents, businesses and government agencies this project will help create a sustainable and vibrant neighbourhood."
"I truly appreciate the support of the Green Municipal Fund (GMF) to develop a Sustainable Neighbourhood Retrofit Action Plan (SNAP) in our community," said City of Mississauga Councillor Chris Fonseca. "I am inspired by how the principles of SNAP and those of GMF go hand in hand with the City of Mississauga's Strategic Pillars — Connect, Belong, Prosper, Move, Green."
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.