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GMF initiatives: Improving Canadians' quality of life

Banner with “Annual Report 2016–2017” on green background at the top. In a triangular shape on the left-hand side: man with tie drawing three connecting circles. Title of page: Triple bottom line.

Three intersecting circles illustrate the triple bottom line. Circle 1 (top) is economic, with stacks of money. Circle 2 (bottom left) is environmental, with windmill and trees. Circle 3 (bottom right) is social, with profiles of people. All circles intersect together with the following text in the centre: Enhanced quality of life.

Projects generating environmental, economic and social benefits

Through the Green Municipal Fund (GMF), FCM helps municipalities plan and implement sustainability projects that produce environmental, economic and social benefits — the triple bottom line. During 2016–2017, several projects achieved important results in all three areas. Learn about the significant impacts our initiatives have had on the quality of life of residents in municipalities across Canada, including the measurable results in our case studies below.

During 2016–2017, GMF witnessed significant results in economic, environmental and social benefits

Environmental impacts since inception

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Cumulative GHG reductions since the inception of the Fund
2.3 million tonnes, equal to 526,000 cars off the road for one year

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Soil remediated
69,300 cubic metres of media managed,1 equal to the volume of 1,780 shipping containers 

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Energy savings
706,323 GJ of energy savings per year, equal to one year of power for 7,240 households

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Wastewater and drinking water treated
243 million cubic metres per year of wastewater and drinking water treated, equal to 97,200 Olympic swimming pools

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Land reclaimed
77 hectares of land reclaimed, equal to 129 football fields

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Water saved
310,000 cubic metres per year of water saved, equal to the amount of drinking water used by the population of the City of Fredericton in 22 days

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Waste diverted
173,417 tonnes of waste diverted annually from landfills, equal to 24,774 garbage trucks

1 The soil and groundwater contamination is remediated or contained

Case studies

Innovative stormwater management in the Town of Granby, QC

  • Sidewalk and road with large construction signs in residential area. Credit: City of Granby, QC.
  • Sidewalk and road lined with trees. Credit: City of Granby, QC.
  • Sidewalk installation, preparation. Credit: City of Granby, QC.

Population 63,400
Total project value $3.7 million
GMF grant $140,000
GMF loan $1.4 million

A neighbourhood in the Town of Granby, QC, a municipality 70 kilometres southeast of Montreal, had long experienced chronic problems with sewer backups, particularly following rainstorms. Rather than replace the existing pipes at great expense, the city took an innovative approach:

  • Decrease pavement width from 12 to 7 metres
  • Installation of an underground retention basin
  • Build a vegetated depression along the roadway

To promote active transportation, Granby later added a recreational path adjacent to — but separated from — the narrowed roadway. The project cost $1.3 million less than installing larger pipes and also delivered environmental and social benefits: the improved drainage prevents backups; and the additional green space and recreational path enhance quality of life in the community. The project generated valuable lessons that FCM shares with other municipalities.

LEED® Silver in the City of Prince George, BC

  • Artist’s rendering of RCMP headquarters in the City of Prince George, BC. Credit: City of Prince George, BC.

Population 71,974
Total project value $38.7 million
GMF grant $500,000
GMF loan $10 million

The City of Prince George's 63,645 square-foot RCMP headquarters, opened in 2013, continues to deliver social, economic and environmental benefits. The latest results, reported to GMF in 2016, demonstrate annual savings in utility costs of more than $135,000 and annual reductions in greenhouse gas emissions of 165 tonnes — the equivalent of taking approximately 35 cars off the road.

Building facts:

  • LEED® Silver
  • Solar systems for domestic hot water and preheated air
  • High-performance windows and envelope insulation
  • Rainwater recycled, treated and used as greywater

The building draws from Prince George's district energy system, which is powered by biofuel — sawdust from the forestry industry. The associated reduction in trucking of sawdust contributes to improvements in both indoor and outdoor air quality. The project earned a Community Recognition Award from the Canada Wood Council for its use of locally sourced products (forestry is a mainstay of the regional economy).

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Page Updated: 06/06/2018