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Communities across Ontario are taking action on climate change with $45 million in funding from the Government of Canada and FCM (15/12/2017)

London, ON — Today, the Government of Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) announced $45 million in Green Municipal Fund (GMF) grants and loans in support of 28 environmental initiatives led by local governments across Ontario.

Municipalities across Canada are modelling some of Canada's most innovative green solutions. This highlights their commitment to being part of the solution as Canada works to meet its Paris Agreement commitments by reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while creating jobs and growing its clean economy.

Some of the richest potential to reduce Canada's GHG emissions lies in scaling up local innovation, and peer learning is at the very core of GMF, making it easier for municipalities to take on green innovation in their community.

For example, London, Kingston, Kitchener, and Waterloo are working together to study the challenges and opportunities of net-zero development. This study has the potential to transform how municipalities do development across Canada, by enabling builders and developers to construct net-zero energy communities.

The Town of Georgina is running a pilot project, generating renewable fuel from organic farm and food waste that will fuel eight commercial trucks. This project alone is expected to result in a GHG reduction of 32 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year. If they can scale up the project to include all of the town's light- and heavy-duty gas powered vehicles, the GHG reduction would be 260 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year. This would be equivalent to 50 passenger vehicles driven for one year.

Read more about the initiatives that were approved funding:

Today's announcement was made by Peter Fragiskatos, MP for London North Centre on behalf of Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources and Clark Somerville, FCM past president.

"Our government is proud to support initiatives through the Green Municipal Fund that can help make communities more sustainable and provide a better quality of life for Canadians. These projects demonstrate the excellent work being undertaken throughout the province to promote innovative clean solutions and reduce greenhouse gas emissions."
Peter Fragiskatos, MP for London North Centre

"Looking at the initiatives being funded today, it's clear municipalities are taking the lead on some of the country's most promising green innovations. Not only do they deliver tangible and ongoing benefits to residents, they are an important part of the solution in our national effort to fight climate change. With continued national leadership and investment, remarkable progress is possible."
Clark Somerville, FCM past president


The Government of Canada endowed the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) with $550 million to establish the Green Municipal Fund. An additional $125 million top-up was announced in Budget 2016. The Fund supports partnerships and leveraging of both public and private sector funding to reach higher standards of air, water and soil quality, and climate protection. To date it has funded over 1,400 municipal initiatives.

Related information

FCM's Green Municipal Fund

FCM's Green Municipal Fund 2016-2017 Annual Report

Government of Canada's $180 billion+ infrastructure plan

Federal infrastructure investments since 2002


Federation of Canadian Municipalities
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Capital projects

City of Brantford, ON

Logo of the City of Brantford, ON.
Greenwich Mohawk Brownfield Remediation - Full Scale Implementation
GMF loan: $33,500,000

The City of Brantford has remediated a 21-hectare site just outside downtown Brantford to redevelop into a future mix of recreational, institutional, commercial and residential uses. The Greenwich Mohawk site is comprised of three properties (22 Mohawk Street, 66 Mohawk Street and 347 Greenwich Street) that were contaminated by a high volume of petroleum hydrocarbons (PHCs) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), as well as heavy metals, due to its history of industrial manufacturing activities. The City of Brantford chose a combination of remediation techniques on the site.

In some heavily contaminated areas, the city  excavated and disposed of soils as required by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change regulation, while in less heavily contaminated areas, the city treated the contaminated soil through a combination of engineered biopiles and soil washing. Biopile treatment is a remediation technique using mechanical aeration and the application of minerals, nutrients and moisture to increase aerobic microbial activity to break down contaminants. To achieve the project's rigorous timelines, soil washing was used to treat soil that was more heavily contaminated. Soil washing required the use of a trammel sieve to separate stones from the contaminated finer-grained soils, and each fraction was then washed with a combination of water, or water with amendments, to help solubilize the contaminant.  Both biopiling and soil washing were ex-situ techniques that enabled the majority of the contaminated soil to be treated and re-used as backfill on the site.

Excavators in background, mounds of dirt and water in foreground.

Innovative aspect:

  • Both biopiling and soil washing are established remedial technologies; however the level of contamination, the overall project scale, and the expedited project schedule involved refinement of the biopiling and soil washing processes, as well as innovative material and waste handling considerations. Despite the fact that the techniques (biopiles and soil washing) have been used for many years, their use on this scale has been somewhat limited. As such, this project could be a showcase for the implementation of these technologies and could be the impetus for their use elsewhere in Canada

Environmental benefits: 

  • The ex-situ techniques, which allowed for re-use of treated soil as backfill, reduced the cost and environmental impact of transporting contaminated soil, as well as minimizing the volume of clean fill required on site
  • Seventy-five per cent of the soil was treated on site
  • Care was taken to monitor the air, dust, surface water and groundwater around the site to ensure the safety of the community, site workers and the natural environment during remediation
  • Consultants performed ongoing confirmatory sampling of soil after the remediation was completed, using GPS tracking devices for detailed quality control and installed groundwater monitoring wells to assess post-remediation groundwater quality

Economic benefits:

  • The project  provided short-term employment

  • This initiative provided a platform for the application of new and innovative remediation and construction management technologies and equipment

  • The redevelopment will increase property tax revenues

  • The redevelopment will stimulate new economic investment in the neighbourhood

Social benefits:

  • The removal of contaminants has improved neighbourhood health

  • The eventual redevelopment will lead to wider revitalization of the neighbourhood and will achieve other city-wide priorities towards achieving a complete community

  • The remediation techniques used (biopiles and soil washing) serve as good examples of sustainable remediation options which  other municipalities may replicate

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City of Cornwall, ON, and Cotton Mill Cornwall Inc.

City of Cornwall logo
Cotton Mill Brownfield Remediation
GMF loan: $1,610,000

In partnership with the City of Cornwall, the private company Cotton Mill Cornwall Inc. (CMC) plans to remediate and redevelop 25,940 square metres of property on the Cornwall waterfront. The brownfield site is a former cotton mill factory developed in the early 1900s that spans an entire city block. It is contaminated by widespread heavy metal and localised hydrocarbon contamination from industrial activity, and has been vacant for most of the past 20 years (though the original factory buildings from the 1870s remain on site).

The site developer, Robert Pelda and RMP Construction and Development Ltd., plans to construct over 160 condos and 70,000 square feet of commercial space within the two restored historical buildings and two new buildings to be constructed on the site (Edison, Weave Shed, Bell Tower and the Stephens Building). In partnership with the city, the developer has already successfully remediated and redeveloped a portion of property across the street from the proposed development, which together form the Cotton Mill District. To date, 33 residential units and 40,000 square feet of shops and services are completed.

Large building, with address in numbers – 703 - bricks and windows.

Innovative aspect:

  • CMC is taking a creative approach to the project by developing commercial zones on sections of the property where it is not feasible to remediate to a residential standard

Environmental benefits:

  • Removal of over 3,300 tonnes of soil contaminated with heavy metals, eliminating any risk this material may pose to human health

  • Reduction of pollutants in water entering the St. Lawrence River System, as water moving across the site towards the river is no longer impacted by the formerly contaminated soils

  • Inclusion of retail and service-oriented commercial space on the ground floor, allowing residents to shop locally and reducing reliance on the automobile

Economic benefits:

  • Creation of a dynamic mixed-use environment, encouraging economic development by providing an installed customer base of approximately 400 residents in one single city block

  • Property tax revenue for the entire site expected to increase from $70,000 per year (prior to construction) to $715,000 annually upon completion

  • Jobs created in the construction and retail and service sectors

Social benefits:

  • Improved public safety and reduced opportunities for crime with redevelopment of abandoned property

  • Improved community quality of life with creation of new park spaces and access to the waterfront

  • Increased local property values, creating more wealth for surrounding residents

  • Increased public education and awareness, with the installation of murals, plaques and signage highlighting the site's rich historical and cultural value

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Town of Perth, ON

Town of Perth logo
Submerged Attached Growth Reactor (SAGR)
GMF grant: $669,130
GMF loan: $4,460,870

The Town of Perth will add a Submerged Attached Growth Reactor (SAGR) to its existing wastewater lagoon, which is reaching its design capacity, to allow for future development. The SAGR is a cost-effective and innovative technology designed to provide nitrification in cold to moderate climates. The project includes a phosphorous offset program to address phosphorous loading. It will help to protect the Tay River, from which Perth and other communities draw their drinking water, and downstream water bodies by decreasing the level of contaminants and nutrients in the effluent. It will also help the town meet growth needs at a low cost.

large area with dirt, sand and gravel, with excavators in background

Innovative aspects:

  • The project is among the first of its kind in Ontario and has great potential to set an example for many other small communities and towns across Canada that use lagoon technology, including areas with cold climates

  • The technology is an alternative to standard mechanical wastewater treatment plants

  • The technology, which is easy to maintain and operate, can extend the service life and treatment capacity of the lagoon

Environmental benefits:

  • Wastewater lagoons are passive systems requiring minimal energy input when compared to the alternative of an activated sludge wastewater treatment plant (WWTP)
  • The SAGR system produces less waste than a conventional WWTP
  • The proposed project minimizes land waste by re-using the existing lagoon as opposed to decommissioning it and building a conventional WWTP
  • The SAGR consists of a clean aggregate media bed, which is a simple and environmentally sustainable method of treating sewage, and can be replicated in other small communities with lagoons that are seeking alternatives to constructing a costly, conventional WWTP

Economic benefit:

  • Upgrading the existing lagoon avoids the costs associated with constructing a mechanical plant
  • The upgraded lagoon is designed to accommodate projected population growth up to approximately 8,200 by 2030

Social benefits:

  • The improved water quality in the Tay River means better-quality drinking water for residents
  • The project will support community economic development and improve quality of life

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Plans, studies and pilot projects

Town of Amherstburg, ON

Riverfront civic centre plaza redevelopment
Feasibility study – Brownfields
GMF grant: $142,900

Township of Brock, ON

Harbour of the future
Pilot project – Water
GMF grant: $317,000

Town of Collingwood, ON

Stormwater technology pilot
Pilot project – Water
GMF grant: $350,000

Town of Cobourg, ON

Wastewater treatment plant pilot project to replace the use of chlorine with ozone treatment
Pilot project – Water
GMF grant: $315,500

Region of Durham, ON

Financial and technical feasibility study for the integrated waste management system utilizing anaerobic digestion
Feasibility study – Waste
GMF grant: $175,000

Regional Municipality of Durham, ON

Blackstock landfill reclamation
Pilot project – Brownfields
GMF grant: $350,000

Town of Erin, ON

Urban centre wastewater servicing class environmental assessment
Feasibility study – Water
GMF grant: $175,000

Town of Georgina, ON

Demonstrating the potential for fuel switching in the Town of Georgina
Pilot project – Transportation
GMF grant: $350,000

Municipality of Grey Highlands, ON

Markdale agrarian village at rivers edge
Plan – Multi-sector
GMF grant: $175,000

City of Kingston, ON

Phase II ESA, 1100 Montreal Street
Plan – Brownfields
GMF grant: $26,200

City of Kingston, ON, and 2502410 Ontario Inc.

55 Ontario Street, Kingston - phase two environmental site assessment (ESA)
Feasibility study – Brownfields
GMF grant: $54,900

City of Kingston, ON, and PNHD Developments Inc.

Former Cohen properties testing and risk assessment
Feasibility study and pilot project – Brownfields
GMF grant: $190,000

City of London, ON

Municipal tools for catalyzing net-zero energy development
Feasibility study – Energy
GMF grant: $88,000

Corporation of Loyalist Township, ON

Installation and monitoring of a constructed wetland at the Amherstview Wastewater Pollution Control Plant
Pilot project – Water
GMF grant: $285,700

City of Niagara Falls, ON, and 1939522 Ontario Limited

Redevelopment of Cytec lands
Feasibility study – Brownfields
GMF grant: $174,000

Regional Municipality of Niagara, ON, and 1939522 Ontario Inc.

Reassessment and increased utilization of the southern Cytec lands
Feasibility study – Brownfields
GMF grant: $110,400

City of Oshawa, ON

West Wharf Harbour lands and southeast corner - brownfield site assessment and risk management study
Feasibility study – Brownfields
GMF grant: $169,000

Former marina lands - brownfield site assessment and risk management
Feasibility study – Brownfields
GMF grant: $134,000

City of Ottawa, ON, and Claridge Homes

Lisgar Street redevelopment risk management plan
Feasibility study – Brownfields
GMF grant: $66,600

Region of Peel, ON

Anaerobic digestion (AD) facility study
Feasibility study – Waste
GMF grant: $175,000

Town of Penetanguishene, ON

Ojibwa Landing ecological and human risk assessment
Plan – Brownfields
GMF grant: $50,100

Township of Southgate, ON

Dundalk wastewater treatment capacity class environmental assessment feasibility study
Feasibility study – Water
GMF grant: $87,700

City of Waterloo, ON

Pond 53 stormwater management pilot
Pilot project – Water
GMF grant: $350,000

Centre for sustainability excellence
Feasibility study – Energy
GMF grant: $174,900

City of Welland, ON

Welland brownfield community improvement plan update
Plan – Brownfields
GMF grant: $29,000

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Page Updated: 22/02/2018