Municipalities to receive funding for 103 infrastructure initiatives across Canada (19/10/2017)
The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Jenny Gerbasi, President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) today announced funding for 103 initiatives in communities across Canada through two new funding programs: the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP) and the Municipal Asset Management Program (MAMP).
Improving Canada's infrastructure lays — in large part — in the hands of the municipalities. Communities across the country want to be sure they are investing their infrastructure money wisely, and that they are aware of and ready to adapt to the potential effects of climate change as they make local infrastructure investment decisions. The projects announced today demonstrate the work being done on these fronts in municipalities large and small.
For example, through MCIP, communities such as Surrey, British Columbia are studying how to adapt to coastal flooding and increase community resiliency, and Edmonton, Alberta is working on a Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Strategy. These types of projects are crucial as communities deal with climate change and its environmental impacts.
MAMP is helping Canadian municipalities make informed decisions on infrastructure investment based on sound asset management practices. For example, in St Clair, Ontario that means integrating new software that will make existing data more useful during decision making processes. The Town of Paradise, Newfoundland is working towards a full-fledged asset management plan to ensure they are more strategically funding the town's basic infrastructure needs.
MCIP and MAMP are delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and funded by the Government of Canada.
"These new programs will help municipalities to plan, build and maintain their infrastructure more strategically, and will enable them to invest in infrastructure projects reducing greenhouse gas emissions and better preparing for the impacts of climate change. Innovative green infrastructure projects contribute to a clean growth economy and strengthen the middle class by ensuring communities are healthy and sustainable places to live."
- The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"Communities large and small are looking for ways to maximize their infrastructure dollars, plan for, and adapt to the impacts of climate change, and undertake programs that benefit the environment. Local solutions are helping tackle national challenges — and are building a more livable, competitive Canada. We are proud of the great work communities are undertaking with the help of these federally funded programs."
- Jenny Gerbasi, FCM President
- The Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program is a new five-year, $75-million program designed to encourage Canadian municipalities to better prepare for and adapt to the new realities of climate change as well as reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Today's announcement includes just over $3.7 million in MCIP grants towards 28 projects in municipalities across Canada.
- The Municipal Asset Management Program is a five-year, $50-million program designed to help Canadian municipalities strengthen infrastructure investment decisions based on sound asset management practices. Today's announcement includes over $3.1 million in MAMP grants towards 75 projects in municipalities across Canada.
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