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Canadians live in cleaner, healthier communities when municipalities develop innovative solutions to reduce pollution, improve energy efficiency and find new uses for public infrastructure.
Even through the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) continue to make strategic investments through the Green Municipal Fund (GMF) to support more sustainable communities of all sizes. GMF is funded by the Government of Canada and delivered to municipalities by FCM.
The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Canada’s Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Bill Karsten, President of FCM, today announced more than $8.7 million for four projects in Alberta through GMF.
The Town of Slave Lake will add a new Submerged Attached Growth Reactor (SAGR) to its wastewater treatment lagoon. This consists of a clean stone bed that is fully aerated to prevent ice from forming in winter. The new system will allow the community to meet regulatory wastewater treatment standards in the province. With only a few SAGR systems currently in use in Canada, the project will also serve as an example of best practices for other communities.
The City of Calgary is receiving funding to test energy-saving options by piloting electric and hybrid waste collection trucks. The city will purchase one Class 7 or Class 8 hybrid refuse truck, and one Class 7 or Class 8 battery-electric refuse truck and test them for one year. The project will also help determine if electric or hybrid vehicles could replace other heavy-duty city vehicles, like dump trucks and plows for snow clearing.
Calgary is also getting funding to test track switch heaters with snow detection system and rail thermostats to reduce the energy consumption operating costs of Calgary Transit’s light rail transit system.
In Edmonton, funding will support a feasibility study on integrating Low Impact Development and recycled storm water use into the Edmonton Energy and Technology Park (EETP) Stormwater Plan. The EETP offers over 4,800 hectares of development greenfield for general industrial, manufacturing, logistics and related support use. The study will address previous development barriers by involving all stakeholders and integrating community interests. The goal is to create a plan that will reduce erosive pressure on Horsehills Creek by minimizing storm water run-off, and improve the quality of water entering the North Saskatchewan River south of the site.
“Investing in innovative solutions to help residents live in cleaner healthier communities is vital. These projects in Edmonton, Calgary and Slave Lake will improve energy efficiency, reduce pollution, help communities become more resilient to climate change, and protect people’s well-being.”
The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
“We are investing in the green projects we need to grow our economy, save Canadians money, create jobs and achieve our climate goals.”
The Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources
“Local solutions—scaled up—deliver major national impact, like economic growth and the emission reductions Canada needs to meet its climate change goals. Whether it’s through improved energy efficiency, fewer greenhouse gas emissions or stronger local infrastructure, local governments get the job done efficiently and cost-effectively because they connect solutions to local needs and local realities. Supported by our strong federal-municipal partnership, FCM’s Green Municipal Fund helps municipalities do what they do best: deliver solutions that work.”[FP1]
Bill Karsten, President, Federation of Canadian Municipalities