July 13, 2021

Ottawa – In communities across the country, Canadians are experiencing the impacts of climate change. By investing in initiatives that lower emissions and increase the resiliency of communities, we are creating jobs and building Canada’s low-emission energy future.

The Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources and Joanne Vanderheyden, President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), today announced an investment of $442,150 through FCM’s Green Municipal Fund (GMF) to help reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and improve the quality of water and land in communities in Quebec.

The City of Lévis will receive $163,750 for a pilot project to recycle used abrasives such as road salt and sand for reuse in the rehabilitation of road infrastructure.

The Société de transport de Sherbrooke, in partnership with the City of Sherbrooke, will receive $149,300 for a sustainable mobility structuring project in Sherbrooke. The objective of the pilot project is to encourage the population, via a rewards system, to make greater use of other modes of transportation than single occupancy vehicles

The Regional County Municipality of Nicolet-Yamaska will receive $35,700 to study the potential of structuring sustainable mobility on the territory to obtain a global strategy that considers public, adapted and active transportation.

The Municipality of Saint-Valérien will receive $35,000 to implement its new 2022-2032 Sustainable Neighbourhood Development Action Plan and adopt sustainable development measures that reconcile environmental, economic and social aspects with a long-term vision. 

The Town of Amqui will receive $29,900 to set up a pilot project to ensure the sustainable management of stormwater in the Blais sector and reduce suspended solids and stormwater runoff in the area by 80 percent.

The Town of Saint-Sauveur will receive $16,400 to assess the feasibility of purchasing an electric maintenance vehicle from local manufacturer Lion Electric to reduce its fossil fuel consumption.

The Regional County Municipality of Pontiac will receive $12,100 for a feasibility study on the management of organic materials and identify the specific needs of each municipality in the RCM. The study will propose different management scenarios, such as the mode of collection and a mode of treatment to be able to divert organic materials from landfill.

These varied initiatives highlight some of the ways GMF continues to build on its 20-year record of supporting transformative environmental initiatives at the municipal level. The Government of Canada has invested $1.65 billion in GMF since its inception, enabling municipalities to support projects like these that leverage local resources to drive innovative solutions. 

Quotes

“Our cities and communities influence half of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. That means local action is critical. With support from the Green Municipal Fund, this is what’s happening: municipalities of all sizes are implementing smart low-carbon solutions. Empowering this local expertise is vital to meeting Canada’s climate goals. When orders of government work together to reduce emissions, we’re building more resilient communities.”

– Joanne Vanderheyden, President, Federation of Canadian Municipalities

“Local green solutions create jobs, lower emissions and build a more prosperous and sustainable economy for all. This is how we get to net-zero by 2050.”

– The Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources

“Cities are key partners in pioneering practical climate solutions. Through the Green Municipal Fund we’re supporting municipalities in their efforts to lower emissions through projects like energy efficient retrofits, electric and hybrid electric transit pilots and efficiencies in wastewater treatment. By working together, we can create good jobs and grow the economy, protect the environment, and build cleaner, more inclusive communities.”

– The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

“Canadians across the country are working hard to cut pollution and create jobs. Improvements such as these in Quebec will help municipalities reduce emissions and save on energy costs, ensuring cleaner air and water for our children and grandchildren.”

– The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Associated links

Green Municipal Fund
Investing in Canada: Canada's Long-Term Infrastructure Plan
Investing in Canada plan project map

Contacts

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