The Government of Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) have announced funding for 42 new initiatives in communities across Canada through FCM’s Green Municipal Fund (GMF) and Municipal Asset Management Program (MAMP).
The announcement was made by the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Vicki-May Hamm, President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.
Under FCM’s Green Municipal Fund, communities of all sizes are implementing some of Canada’s most advanced solutions to protect the environment and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. For example, the City of Mount Pearl, Newfoundland, is using funding from GMF to look at ways to transform a former swimming pool into a specially designed “innovation hub” where researchers and entrepreneurs can work together to turn discoveries into new products and services that create jobs and business opportunities. The proposed retrofit would examine ways to improve the building’s energy efficiency, reduce water consumption and waste, and give an unused facility a new purpose.
Under FCM’s Municipal Asset Management Program, five rural communities in Manitoba are developing better ways to manage their existing infrastructure assets so that they are safer, better maintained and last longer. The participating communities include Alexander, Gimli, Morris, and Whitemouth and the Local Government District of Pinawa.