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GMF continues to increase its fund disbursement in 2016–2017

Banner with “Annual Report 2016–2017” on green background at the top. In a triangular shape on the left side: two stacks of money sprouting from earth, with two seedlings growing from the top. Title of page: Funding.

A loonie split in three to resemble a pie chart: a blue piece corresponds with a city scape, with three buildings and a tree (top); a green piece corresponds with a windmill, three trees and a cloud (bottom right); an orange, the largest of the three, corresponds with a rural field and buildings (bottom left); this is all illustrated.

More funding. More opportunities.

Through the Green Municipal Fund (GMF), FCM provides some of the funding that municipalities need to design and implement successful projects and foster sustainability across Canada. During 2016–2017, GMF received more applications for plans, feasibility studies and pilot projects than it has in a decade, and committed more funding than ever before to brownfield projects.

2016–2017: Record year for funding of brownfield projects

Funding support

In 2016–2017, FCM's Green Municipal Fund approved more than $74 million in loans and grants for nine capital projects and more than $9 million in grants for 71 plans, studies and pilot projects across the country.

Approved initiatives by region (sustainable community plans, feasibility studies, pilot projects and capital projects)
(for additional details, refer to Appendix A, Table A5)

Region/Province 2016–2017 (% of total) Total net approved since inception*
Atlantic 24.46% 15.42%
British Columbia 11.16% 18.55%
Northern Territories 0% 1.16%
Ontario 38.89% 34.62%
Prairies 22.47% 12.98%
Quebec 3.02% 17.26%
Total 100% 100%
*Total net approved since inception includes original Board-approved amount plus any additional approved amount, less the amounts withdrawn, closed or cancelled.

Urban-rural balance of all approved initiatives (sustainable community plans, feasibility studies, pilot projects and capital projects)
(for additional details, refer to Appendix A, Table A6)

(Dollar figures presented in $1,000s)

    2016–2017 Total net approved since inception*
  % of population Total (grants & loans) % of total Total (grants & loans) % of total
Small, rural and remote (rural)1 18.90% $3,662 4.40% $162,463 19.19%
Towns and cities (urban) 81.10% $79,508 95.60% $684,218 80.81%
* Total net approved since inception includes original Board-approved amount plus any additional approved amount, less the amounts withdrawn, closed or cancelled.

1 Municipalities with a population of less than 10,000 are classified as rural. In the case of regional municipal governments, to be considered rural each member municipality must have a population of less than 10,000. Urban regional municipalities are those where at least one member municipality has a population of 10,000 or more.

Case studies

City of Brantford, ON, studies clean solution for contaminated soil

  • Wellfield. Credit: City of Brantford, ON.
  • Soil decontamination equipment in top left of the image; pylon and caution tape in the bottom of the image. Credit: City of Brantford, ON.
  • Manifold. Credit: City of Brantford, ON.

Population 93,650
Total project value $56.2 million
GMF loan $33.5 million

FCM has played a crucial role in the remediation of the 50-acre Greenwich-Mohawk site in the City of Brantford, ON. Contaminated soil, a legacy of decades of industrial manufacturing, hampered redevelopment. Through GMF, FCM contributed funds to a study and two pilot projects to identify and validate soil-decontamination methods. To help fund large-scale decontamination, Brantford applied to GMF for an $18 million loan.

The project ran into several unexpected challenges — including an order from Ontario's Ministry of the Environment to address foul odours emanating from the site — and Brantford twice requested additional funding. In 2016, GMF Council approved a loan of $33.5 million and the project proceeded. By March 2017, remediation was complete and Brantford had re-zoned the site for a mix of residential, commercial, open space and cultural uses. Brantford also participates in FCM's Leadership in Brownfield Renewal program.

Better biking on the Burrard Bridge in the City of Vancouver, BC

  • Burrard Bridge Renewal and Transportation Improvement Project: newly reconstructed sidewalk and protected bike lane along heritage bridge leading to/from downtown Vancouver. Phase 1 of project completed in early 2017. Phase 2, which involves reallocating a vehicular lane to a bicycle lane, is underway and will be completed later in 2017. Credit: City of Vancouver, BC, and Mike Zipf.
  • The city installed protected lanes and signaling for cyclists at the south end of the Burrard Street Bridge, located at the corner of Burrard Street and Cornwall Avenue. Credit: City of Vancouver.
  • Cyclists along Point Grey Road, on a section of the road shared with motor vehicles. The city used traffic calming measures to make the road more cyclist-friendly. Credit: City of Vancouver.

Population 603,000
Total project value $35.3 million
GMF loan $5 million
GMF grant $750,000

Residents and visitors to the City of Vancouver, BC, have a safer, more practical active transportation option thanks to wider bicycle lanes on one of the city’s busiest bridges. Traffic on Burrard Bridge, a vital transportation link between downtown and residential neighbourhoods, has increased dramatically in recent decades.

To meet Vancouver’s sustainable-transportation goals, the bridge had to accommodate significantly more cyclists and pedestrians. After completing studies and many community consultations, the city developed and implemented a plan to build northbound and southbound bike lanes. Phase one of the renovated Burrard Bridge opened in February 2017; Phase two opened June 2017.

Headshot of Catherine Brubacher, Treasurer of the City of Brantford, ON. Credit: City of Brantford, ON.

“The City of Brantford is grateful to FCM for their support of the Greenwich Mohawk Remediation Project at a crucial point in the project timeline; without which we could not have achieved such a successful outcome.”

Catherine Brubacher
Treasurer, City of Brantford, ON

“The Burrard Bridge provides a case study for how bike lane proposals might pass political muster, and facilitate the shift toward sustainable active transportation modes within the context of existing infrastructure built for cars.”

International Journal of Sustainable Transportation

Page Updated: 06/06/2018