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Government of Canada and FCM announce $31.5 million for 20 sustainable municipal projects (10/02/2016)

Ottawa, ON – The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, and Raymond Louie, President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and Acting Mayor of the City of Vancouver, today announced Green Municipal Fund (GMF) grants and loans for 20 projects in communities across Canada. The $31.5 million in GMF funding supports plans, studies, field tests and capital projects to assist in making these communities more sustainable while taking into account environmental, social and economic considerations.

From Canada's first net-zero municipal library, which produces as much energy as it spends, to Halifax's ground-breaking Solar City project, installing solar hot water systems and efficient water fixtures in homes, many of the announced projects assist municipalities in reaching higher standards of air, water and soil quality. They provide a concrete example of how local communities contribute to climate protection.

Minister McKenna highlighted the funding while addressing 400 delegates at FCM's Sustainable Communities Conference, the largest meeting of mayors, councillors, administrators and industry experts focusing on innovative and emerging practices as well as proven solutions in greening municipalities across Canada.

"The Government of Canada is pleased to contribute to the Green Municipal Fund. Innovative projects like the ones supported through this Fund provide concrete examples of how our cities and communities contribute to climate protection. These projects benefit the environment and economy, and generate lasting value for citizens and their communities."
The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change 

"These Green Municipal Fund projects are prime examples of the collective efforts of government, organizations and municipalities to promote green technology and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We are proud to support these initiatives that will help make communities more sustainable and provide a better quality of life for all Canadians."
—  The Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources 

"Congratulations to all the communities that received funding. You stand out as examples of the municipal commitment to make our communities more sustainable. The financing and knowledge provided by FCM's Green Municipal Fund support the development of communities that are more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable."
— Raymond Louie, FCM President, Acting Mayor of the City of Vancouver, BC


Maurice Gingues
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Green Municipal Fund
Federation of Canadian Municipalities
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City of Varennes, QC

Feasibility study and capital project: New net-zero, energy-efficient multifunction library 
GMF grants: $949,192
GMF loan: $5,991,928

The funding includes a subsidy ($204,494) for a feasibility study completed in 2012, an additional subsidy ($599,192) and a loan ($5,991,928) for the construction project's energy-efficiency component. The new library replaced the former library building, which no longer met current standards. 

The new building, the first "net-zero" municipal library in Canada, will generate as much energy as it consumes on an annual basis.

Net-zero buildings rely on a number of technologies to minimize power consumption, while generating energy from the outset. Built on the site of the former library, the new building was designed to minimize its environmental footprint before, during and after its construction, and features a geothermal energy system, a heat recovery system, solar panels, an orientation that optimizes use of passive solar energy, and a computer-assisted energy management system. The new library is expected to consume an estimated 63 per cent less energy than one built according to the 1997 Model National Energy Code for Buildings. In fact, once solar power production is taken into account, the building's total overall comparative energy savings will jump to 78 per cent. 

City of Halifax, NS

Capital project: Halifax Solar City
GMF grant: $254,136.40
GMF loan: $2,541,364

Halifax Regional Municipality offered innovative financing for solar thermal energy to homeowners through a solar collector account (Local Improvement Charge) with the municipality. There was significant community participation and interest in the Solar City program, with 388 participants installing a system, more than 2,500 homes expressing interest and 800 people attending public events. Solar City was implemented with minimal risk to the municipality and has had a positive impact on the adoption of renewable energy within the municipality, employing local contractors and manufacturers.

The 388 installations could save homeowners more than $5.5 million combined over the expected 25+-year lifespan of the system, and reduce greenhouse gases by 16.1 million kilograms of carbon dioxide. Residents who installed a solar thermal system are expected to continue experiencing a return on investment of approximately 5 per cent on average across 25 years. In addition to the benefits of solar, 1,265 homes had complementary water conservation measures implemented during the solar assessment process, with the potential to save 320 million litres of water over the next 20 years and $120,000 annually in water and heating costs. 

On March 31, 2015, after a successful two-year pilot project, Halifax Regional Council approved the continuation of the Solar City program for another three years, and moved to consider including solar air and solar photovoltaic technologies in addition to solar hot water. Staff is currently developing the new program and anticipates registration to open in spring 2016.

See the case study for this project.

What is Solar City

City of Toronto, ON

Capital project: Toronto Community Housing Corporation and Toronto Atmospheric Fund's green energy retrofit of seven social housing buildings
GMF grant: $511,460
GMF loan: $2,557,333

Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) has partnered with the Toronto Atmospheric Fund (TAF) to retrofit seven social housing buildings through the Energy Savings Performance Agreement (ESPA). The ESPA is a performance-based, non-debt financing solution structured as a service agreement, which will enable TCHC to repay loan capital as a percentage of verified energy savings that are guaranteed and insured. 

The retrofit project targets a 30 per cent reduction in GHG emissions and 24 per cent reduction in utility costs across the seven buildings, which equates to approximately 1,323 tonnes of CO2 equivalent. Each building will be retrofitted with a range of energy-efficient equipment as well as state-of-the-art monitoring technology that will measure and verify resident comfort at the building and equipment level. 

The ESPA structure gives all parties a financial stake in achieving the projected energy and water savings, and supports cooperation for ongoing building optimization. It also models a new financial structure for social housing building retrofit projects. Many of the energy-saving measures will also improve quality of life for the 1,500 residents in the seven sites by replacing exterior lighting and renovating common areas.

Town of Ladysmith, BC

Capital project: Ladysmith wastewater treatment plant upgrade
GMF grant: $1,000,000
GMF loan: $10,000,000

The Town of Ladysmith put the GMF funding toward a major upgrade of its wastewater plant to a standard that exceeds anticipated federal and provincial requirements.

The municipality is applying technologies that have been combined in Europe, but never in Canada. These include a moving bed bio-reactor and a dissolved air flotation treatment system, in conjunction with energy-saving devices, solar panels and grey water reuse. 

The upgraded plant can accommodate a doubling of Ladysmith's population, and will also meet the needs of the Stz'uminus First Nation communities in the area. This upgrade is essential for the redevelopment of the town's waterfront lands and will support the health of the local shellfish industry. 

In addition to receiving a grant of $1 million and a loan of $10 million from GMF to upgrade the wastewater treatment plant, the Town of Ladysmith also directed over $5.2 million from its annual federal Gas Tax Fund allocations towards the project.

Town of Lac-Sergent, QC

Capital project: Wastewater collection and treatment
GMF grant: $577,178
GMF loan: $5,771,782

The Town of Lac-Sergent wants to undertake a community wastewater collection and treatment project to solve the problem of nonpoint source pollution of the water table and lake, and to reduce the premature aging of Lake Sergent. Water quality deterioration is partly due to insufficient wastewater treatment at the homes around the lake. Most of the existing septic systems are deficient, unsuited to small lots and located in the flood zone. 

The project involves replacing individual septic tanks at each lakeside home (about 340 septic tanks) and inserting pump chambers. The clarified liquid will be extracted from the tanks and transported by a pressurized collection system to a community sewage treatment plant for tertiary phosphate-removal treatment. This modular system will enable future connection of neighbouring municipalities, such as Saint-Raymond and Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier, and will thus be part of a sustainability process. The proposed collection and treatment solutions are innovative, reliable and durable, and will provide stable performance at a low energy cost. 

Town of Raymond, AB

Field test: Victoria Sports Park complex enhanced irrigation pilot 
GMF grant: $175,000

The Town of Raymond used the $175,000 in GMF funding to test the InteliRain irrigation system on soccer, football and rugby fields at its Victoria Sports Park complex. The test will determine whether this system reduces water consumption by 55 per cent and energy costs by 30 per cent compared with a conventional irrigation system.

The InteliRain system optimizes water use through a computer-program that responds to moisture sensors in the soil and weather station data to regulate watering. Water is at a premium in southern Alberta, where low precipitation rates and high wind velocities create dry conditions.

Raymond's field test supports the municipality's commitment to Alberta's Water for Life strategy as well as the town's goal to reduce water consumption to 300 litres per capita per day by 2020. The Prairie Turfgrass Research Centre at Olds College will monitor and produce a third-party report analyzing the InteliRain system's performance.

City of Montreal and the Institut de recherche en biologie végétale, QC

Field test: Phytoremediation field test in an urban setting at the Monsabré Community Garden in Montreal
GMF grant: $153,340

The Institut de recherche en biologie végétale (IRBV), in partnership with the Montreal Botanical Garden, will test phytoremediation to prove the viability and profitability of this technique on both environmental and economic levels. 

The Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough's heavy industrial past has left behind a large number of brownfields. Remediating these brownfield sites using the traditional method would require funds that the borough does not have. This test will allow for a complete analysis of the steps necessary to remediate a former community garden contaminated by hydrocarbons and heavy metals, a common mix in many Montreal sites, by means of plants. The method consists of applying a treatment using several plant species, maintaining it, analyzing the biomass produced, and then harvesting and disposing of this biomass through conversion to biofuels and bioproducts. The IRBV will compare the effectiveness of several plant species, various soil amendments and different harvest techniques. 

In addition to reducing operation and maintenance costs, this procedure offers numerous environmental benefits: capturing greenhouse gases, reducing heat islands, reducing transportation-related emissions, etc. The IRBV will use this field test to establish a replicable model that is easily transferable to other Montreal sites and to countless other Canadian municipalities. Several tools will be developed, including technical procedures and recommendations, as well as an estimation of the costs and time required for brownfield remediation.

Rural Municipality of De Salaberry, MB

Field test: Field test for municipal organic waste collection and composting in St-Pierre-Jolys and De Salaberry
GMF grant: $138,490

The Rural Municipality of De Salaberry and the Village of St-Pierre-Jolys wish to set up a municipal organic waste collection and composting service. For this purpose, they will conduct a field test to validate the project viability in rural municipalities and to determine what type of collection system and procedures will maximize the quality and quantity of the compost produced. 

De Salaberry and St-Pierre-Jolys have consulted other groups that carried out similar projects and examined the requirements for providing a viable and reproducible composting service. The field test will take place over the entire area of the two municipalities, and the service may be extended to other regional municipalities if the system proves viable.

The participating municipalities will collect about 414 tonnes of organic material in the field test, achieving a diversion rate of 50 per cent of residual materials. The field test will also reduce greenhouse gas emissions; bring down operating and maintenance costs by extending the landfill site's useful life; maintain existing jobs and create new positions; and supply high-quality compost to the municipalities and residents. The project's success will not only encourage neighbouring municipalities to sign on, but will serve as an example for other rural municipalities in Manitoba and Western Canada interested in reproducing the model.

City of North Vancouver, BC

Feasibility study: Foot of Lonsdale waterfront planning
GMF grant: $257,434

The City of North Vancouver put the GMF funding toward planning for an environmental remediation project at the historic Foot of Lonsdale waterfront site, in order to determine options for its future development.

The City conducted visioning sessions with Council, advisory groups, the public and other stakeholders to consider development options for the site. They considered costs and benefits, including the protection of marine and terrestrial habitats, and developed a remediation and land-use plan to restore and transform the Foot of Lonsdale. To inform the planning process, soil and groundwater samples were tested, and both onshore and underwater contamination were assessed. 

The Foot of Lonsdale Study evaluated two project components: site remediation and development of a land use plan. Activities flowing from the study include:

  • Active environmental remediation of the site through sediment hot spot removal
  • Risk assessment and risk management
  • Subsurface upgrades, including removal of a 1930s concrete deck structure
  • New shoreline wall and seismic upgrades
  • Development of a public open space with a water feature
  • Integration of the Spirit Trail (multi-use trail across the North Shore) and signature mega-bench
  • Partnership with Presentation House Gallery for construction of a new gallery building and development of a plaza-level commercial retail space

Construction and site remediation are underway, and the project should be completed in 2017.

City of Vancouver and Creative Energy Platforms Canada Ltd.

Feasibility study: Low-carbon conversion of Creative Energy steam utility in City of Vancouver
GMF Grant: $175,000

Creative Energy Platforms Canada Ltd., in partnership with the City of Vancouver, is studying the feasibility of a new low-carbon baseload plant that would reduce the GHG emissions of an existing district energy utility and supply additional low-carbon energy for new development. Creative Energy (formerly Central Heat Distribution Ltd.) currently provides steam to over 200 buildings in downtown Vancouver, including five City-owned buildings. This study considers the feasibility of a new biomass-fuelled steam plant that would use local clean urban wood waste to displace natural gas-fired steam from Creative Energy's existing plant. 

Building on earlier pre-feasibility studies, the full feasibility study examines available technologies, optimal plant sizing, possible locations, interconnection options, site concepts, fuel availability and costs, overall economic viability, GHG benefits and other community considerations. The project has the potential to replace 65 per cent of Creative Energy's existing natural gas use and to eliminate over 80,000 tonnes of GHG emissions, equivalent to removing almost 17,000 cars from the road. The project represents one of the least-cost sources of significant renewable energy and GHG reductions in the City of Vancouver. The project would also satisfy new requirements for low-carbon energy in new service areas of downtown such as Northeast False Creek. The results of the study are currently being reviewed by the City of Vancouver. Creative Energy will be embarking on broader conversations with customers and community stakeholders in the coming months. 

City of Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac, QC

Feasibility study: Feasibility study for green convention centre, hotel and arena complex in Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac
GMF grant: $175,000

The City of Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac wants to conduct a feasibility study for a convention and sports centre and renewable energy network project that will include the renovation of the existing arena. The entire complex will be heated by a district energy system. 

Occupying an area of 10,405 m2, the new complex will enable Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac to offer the region more services, and will also stimulate the economy. The project design ensures energy generation and recovery, and reduces the consumption of fossil fuels and electricity in the arena by at least 30 per cent annually. At the same time, Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac wants the two new buildings to consume 60 per cent less energy than the standard outlined in the 1997 Model National Energy Code for Buildings (MNECB). Heat recovered from the arena's refrigeration system and geoexchange wells will supply energy for the complex's single heating system. This approach, supported by opportunity and pre-feasibility studies, will determine the technical, environmental and financial feasibility of the project. 

The City of Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac will first define the functions and technical characteristics of the three buildings before developing the renewable energy network concept. A cost-benefit analysis of the various options for recovery, energy efficiency and renewable energy production (such as solar energy) will be undertaken. Finally, the total project cost will be studied. Eco-building principles will be followed to construct the two buildings in regional materials such as wood and slate. To this end, an architect hired by the City will analyze the life cycle of the ecological footprint according to the materials used (e.g. concrete, steel, etc.). Final recommendations will be made on the basis of the economic, environmental and social impacts of the various options being considered. 

The new complex will reduce GHG emissions by approximately 115 tonnes per year and should provide numerous economic benefits, including job creation, which will certainly strengthen and boost the local and regional economies. Another benefit will be the renewal of key sectors, such as forestry, which has been depressed in recent years. This initiative could be used as a model of green development by regions with significant natural assets or by Canadian municipalities facing the challenge of being the main city in an economically disadvantaged rural area.

Metro Vancouver and Greater Vancouver Sewerage and Drainage District, BC

Feasibility study: Lions Gate Wastewater Treatment Plant project
GMF Grant: $175,000

Metro Vancouver, through its Greater Vancouver Sewerage and Drainage District, conducted a feasibility study to guide the design of a new wastewater treatment facility to replace the 55-year-old Lions Gate Wastewater Treatment Plant. Beyond its overall goal of meeting new federal and provincial wastewater treatment regulations and standards, Metro Vancouver envisions that the new plant, which will eventually service a total population of approximately 250,000 in the North Shore municipalities of West Vancouver, the City of North Vancouver and the District of North Vancouver, will clearly demonstrate Metro Vancouver's commitment to sustainability. The plant's design will therefore feature a number of innovative properties that will help deliver high energy efficiency, improved effluent quality, robust odour control, onsite clean energy generation, renewable heat recovery, reclaimed non-potable water and many other benefits. 

Metro Vancouver has formally adopted an Integrative Design Process for this project, using an innovative multi-systems approach including human, biotic and earth systems concerns, and prioritizing stakeholder participation. This process emphasizes broad community and First Nations consultation and cooperation from the early planning stages through to construction, and will be shared by Metro Vancouver with other local governments throughout BC to help streamline similar projects.

United Township Municipality of Stoneham-et-Tewkesbury, QC

Feasibility study: Feasibility study to assess decentralized combined wastewater treatment to rectify defective septic systems in six sectors of the United Township Municipality of Stoneham-et-Tewkesbury
GMF grant: $159,750

Since 2014, the United Township Municipality of Stoneham-et-Tewkesbury has been examining the feasibility of implementing several community wastewater treatment systems to service residences in the Saint-Charles River watershed, with the purpose of protecting groundwater and surface water quality in the area. One hundred and thirty-nine residences could be hooked up to the municipal system as of this year. These residences are situated in a sector that is vulnerable to surface and ground water contamination.

Regional Municipality of Durham, ON

Feasibility study: Investigation of eco-station implementation and feasibility study
GMF grant: $87,395

The Regional Municipality of Durham will assess the feasibility of reaching a 70 per cent diversion rate to achieve its long-term waste management objectives. Durham is proud to be seen as a leader in waste diversion in Ontario and is already recognized for its successful recycling and source-separated organics programs. Having exceeded its 2007 target of 50 per cent diversion by three percentage points in 2011, the region is looking for options beyond its well-established waste collection programs. 

The study will analyze options, implications, and costs and risks, with emphasis on diversion potential. Options to be evaluated include a new facility or facilities in under-serviced areas, and modifications to existing waste management facilities. All materials collected at the new or modified "eco-stations" would be recycled or reused, providing opportunities for diverting a range of materials that are not being recovered through existing collection programs. Potential materials for investigation include polystyrene, larger quantities of yard waste, cardboard, wood, scrap metal, tires, appliances, waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), textiles, mattresses, reusable items, and drywall and/or other municipal household hazardous waste. 

Additional benefits could be realized through synergies with other existing diversion and disposal facilities and programs, and through partnerships with charitable and community organizations. Innovative and cost-effective options for enhanced waste diversion potential, as well as options that go beyond traditional waste management programs, will be identified and provide beneficial information for other municipalities across Ontario and Canada.

City of Montreal and Technoparc Montreal, QC

Feasibility study: Hubert Reeves Eco-campus: Phase 2 environmental site assessment, surface water management and community energy solutions
GMF grant: $65,780

Technoparc Montreal is a City of Montreal nonprofit organization dedicated to Montreal's technological development. The agency, in partnership with the City, wants to create the Hubert Reeves Eco-campus, a LEED-certified neighbourhood development of about 25 buildings housing science and technology companies, as well as green spaces, all located on some 40 hectares of parkland. The site selected is an industrial park managed by Technoparc Montreal, located south of the Saint-Laurent Cegep campus in the Saint-Laurent borough. 

To ensure the success of this initiative, the City of Montreal and Technoparc Montreal will conduct three studies: an environmental site assessment; a surface water management study; and a feasibility study of community energy solutions for the project. All three studies will support environmental objectives in the City of Montreal sustainability plan, such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving rainwater runoff quality and making Montreal a North American leader in the environment and clean technologies industry.

City of Quebec, QC

Feasibility study: District energy network, incinerator waste energy recovery, City of Quebec
GMF grant: $63,300

The City of Quebec is studying the feasibility of recovering residual energy produced by the La Cité-Limoilou municipal incinerator by building a district energy network. The incinerator generates the equivalent of 2,300,000 GJ/year of steam. In the past, a paper mill recovered 70 per cent of this steam. Since the mill has shut down indefinitely, about 90 per cent of the energy is now dispersed into the atmosphere. The planned study will determine the technical, legal, financial, commercial, social and environmental conditions required to set up a district energy network in the Borough of La Cité-Limoilou. 

This borough of about 109,000 residents represents 22 per cent of the City of Quebec's total population and covers 2,200 hectares in area. The planned network will heat two hospitals, Hôpital de l'Enfant-Jésus and the Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Québec (IUMSQ), which could both consume and supply the network's energy. The network would also heat a future eco-district (the Pointe-D'Estimauville district) and an industrial park. Quebec City will consult its public works staff, potential customers and regulators. After this study, once the project has been shown to be viable and the paper mill's fate is known, public consultations can be held. The feasibility study will also determine what conditions will enable the district energy network to grow and serve more customers. As a complement to this solution, the potential for generating electricity will be assessed to optimize use of the steam produced by the incinerator. The study is expected to show that the network's future customers would consume 70 per cent less fossil fuel. 

City of Shawinigan, QC

Plan and environmental study: Comprehensive remediation plan for 10 contaminated sites in Shawinigan
GMF grant: $350,000

A total of $350,000 in funding will be used to analyze 10 contaminated sites and develop a comprehensive action plan to remediate all sites in Shawinigan. 

As a result of the Shawinigan's deindustrialization, the City inherited a number of contaminated brownfields. Ten of these sites, which include the former Jacques-Plante Arena, the Dupont property and the Grand-Mère municipal garage, have already been identified as priorities and will undergo further in-depth environmental assessments. The new data will give a comprehensive overview that will help determine the remediation potential of most contaminated sites within Shawinigan city limits. The data will also be used to develop a comprehensive rehabilitation and redevelopment plan. The comprehensive action plan will in turn be used to create a new land use and sustainable development plan that will be adopted in the coming months. 

The site development plan will include incentives to encourage decontamination, an assessment of potential property tax revenues and the creation of mixed development plans combining leisure, residential, commercial and industrial uses.

Thanks to its comprehensive sustainable urban development plan for contaminated sites, Shawinigan is regarded as a pioneer in Quebec, since only the City of Montreal has a similar plan. Furthermore, the lessons learned from this project will be compiled in a report for the benefit of every community across Canada facing similar challenges.

City of Winnipeg, MN

Plan: Winnipeg's Community-Wide Climate Change Action Plan
GMF grant: $94,875

As a member of the Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program, the City of Winnipeg is developing an integrated community-wide strategy to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to complete the first three milestones of the PCP Milestone Framework. March 2015 marked the completion of Winnipeg's Community Greenhouse Gas Inventory and Forecast Report. This report provides the basis for a public consultation on the development of a Community Climate Change Action Plan. This project dovetails with the city's existing corporate climate change action plan, and follows an approach endorsed by City Council in 2009. It also complements federal and provincial commitments to curb GHG emissions.  

Town of Malartic, QC

Plan: Sustainable development action plan for the Town of Malartic urban area 
GMF grant: $78,750

Faced with population decline, Malartic wants to develop a sustainable land-use plan for its urbanized area. The Town wishes to take advantage of economic growth and job creation generated by the Mine Canadian Malartic operation, since the mine closure some 15 years from now could cause economic and social decline and environmental consequences unless the municipality intervenes immediately. 

This stability will also give the Town the opportunity to develop a land-use plan based on the principles of sustainable development; to establish a governance structure that will support its development efforts; to determine the development principles that will guide the revision of the Malartic Master Plan; and to create sustainability measures, studies, plans and projects for its territory. 

The Town's approach, strongly oriented towards consultation and participation of all stakeholders, aims for economic efficiency, social equity and environmental responsibility. Many aspects of the project can serve as a model for other single-industry towns, including the consultation and planning process, governance structure, and tools for measuring and monitoring results. Malartic will communicate its approach using multiple communication channels, including the Internet, forums, presentations and others.

District of North Cowichan, BC

Plan: University Village Local Area Plan, District of North Cowichan
GMF grant: $60,300

The District of North Cowichan has collaborated with the City of Duncan to develop a joint sustainable Local Area Plan (LAP) to guide development of the District's South End and Duncan's adjacent downtown area ("University Village"), while meeting both jurisdictions' environmental and socioeconomic goals. Located on Vancouver Island's eastern shore between Victoria and Nanaimo, the two municipalities have experienced slow but steady population growth in the past decade, driven largely by the tourism and service sectors. With this plan, the municipalities aim to direct new sustainable, mixed-use development into the area. 

The LAP outlines: policies to guide future land use; urban design elements; development density thresholds; and energy and climate initiatives to help meet the community-wide emissions reduction target of 33 per cent by 2025, and 80 per cent by 2050, relative to 2007 levels. 

The plan also incorporates strategies to reduce water consumption and stormwater run-off to protect the Somenos Marsh, an important bird and wildlife area, and considers the risks and vulnerabilities associated with building in a floodplain. Other actions identified in the plan include: expanding organics collection to multi-family residential buildings; implementing redevelopment incentives, such as density bonuses, for the three brownfield sites in the plan area; strategies to increase the modal share for transit and other active modes; and reducing energy demand for different building types. 

The LAP is based on a property market overview that analyzed the current and future demand for commercial space, and the potential impact of designating additional land for retail and residential uses. In addition, a community stakeholder advisory committee championed the project and gave its feedback at key development stages. The LAP planning team engaged the community through an innovative mix of conventional outreach methods, such as open houses and workshops, and interactive tools such as PlaceSpeak, a web-based consultation platform. 

Outcomes and lessons learned will be shared with other municipalities through the Planning Institute of BC. North Cowichan anticipates high interest because of the plan's focus on the shared goals and services of two jurisdictions. 

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