Guelph receives support for clean innovation, climate change resiliency, and infrastructure planning

May 22, 2019

BAKERMP Longfield making the important Infrastructure Announcement

Canadians live in cleaner, healthier and safer communities when municipalities use innovative ways to reduce pollution, improve energy efficiency and find new uses for their public infrastructure.

That’s why the Government of Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) announced funding for 125 new initiatives in communities across Canada through FCM’s Green Municipal Fund (GMF), Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP) and Municipal Asset Management Program (MAMP).

The announcement was made today by MP Lloyd Longfield, Member of Parliament for Guelph on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Canada’s Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Vicki-May Hamm, President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

The projects announced demonstrate the work being done in municipalities large and small across Canada.

As part of the Baker District redevelopment project, the City of Guelph and Windmill Development Group (Windmill) will use the $175,000 funding to complete a Sustainable Neighbourhood Action Plan which will include ecological footprinting to benchmark local resource consumption in order to set specific measurable evidence based targets that meet One Planet Living (OPL) endorsement.  OPL is a planning and sustainability framework which aims to reduce impact from the way communities are designed, built, and lived in so that resource consumption equals the regenerative capacity of the Earth.

The Government of Canada believes that local leaders know best what their communities need and is committed to working with them to strengthen their infrastructure. Municipalities are implementing some of Canada’s most advanced green solutions, reducing Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions and supporting local priorities such as improving public transit, saving energy and improving waste management. The project announced today demonstrates the work being done in municipalities large and small.

Our investments in communities throughout Canada will help grow local economies, build stronger and more inclusive communities, and safeguard the environment and the health of Canadians for years to come.

Quotes

“All Canadians should benefit from modern and resilient infrastructure that will help make their home a better place to live for years to come. That’s why the Government of Canada is investing in municipalities that take action to reduce pollution, protect their communities from the impacts of climate change and improve the way they manage their existing infrastructure assets. These investments will result in safer, cleaner and healthier communities that give all Canadians more opportunities to thrive.”

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

“What gets measured, gets acted on.  Having measurements of GHG emissions mapped in Guelph will assist us in planning reductions, as well as benchmark new developments to meet our future goals.  The experience Windmill has in sustainable development will be a great benefit in the development of this key project in downtown Guelph, which is the largest downtown development project in Guelph’s 190 year history.”

Lloyd Longfield, Member of Parliament for Guelph

“We are thrilled that the Government of Canada is supporting ecological footprint benchmarking for the Baker District redevelopment project. This project is an example of how Guelph is leading the way by putting sustainability at the heart of development. It is going to transform our downtown and our entire city.”

Cam Guthrie, Mayor of Guelph

“We focus our developments in geographic areas where there is political alignment to achieve high performance sustainable and ecologically responsible development. The City of Guelph has a proven track record of being a national leader at implementing sustainability at the local level. We look forward to working with the City of Guelph to create Canada’s next One Planet Living Community with the Baker Street Development and thank FCM for their support in helping us realize that vision.”

Jonathan Westeinde, CEO Windmill Development Group

Quick facts

  • The Government of Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) announce support for 125 new initiatives in communities across Canada amounting to just over $9.7 million.
  • The Green Municipal FundTM (GMF) supports initiatives that advance innovative solutions to environmental challenges. These projects improve air, water and land quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and generate economic and social benefits to local communities. Through GMF, municipalities share lessons learned and successful new models for advancing sustainability in communities of all sizes in all regions across Canada. GMF is a $625 million program, delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and funded by the Government of Canada. Budget 2019 proposes $950 million to increase energy efficiency in the built environment.
  • The Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP) helps municipalities and partner organizations by providing funding, training and information sharing. It is designed to encourage Canadian municipalities to better prepare for and adapt to the new realities of climate change as well as reduce greenhouse gas emissions. MCIP is a five-year $75-million program, delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and funded by the Government of Canada.
  • The Municipal Asset Management Program (MAMP) is designed to help Canadian municipalities strengthen infrastructure investment decisions based on sound asset management practices. The program provides asset management training, funding and information sharing to enable municipalities to access the data needed to plan effectively. MAMP is a five-year, $50-million program, delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and funded by the Government of Canada. Budget 2019 proposes $60 million to continue helping small communities to get skills training on how to inventory, grow and maintain infrastructure assets.

Contacts

Lianne C. Cassidy

Executive Assistant to MP Lloyd Longfield

519-837-8276

Lloyd.longfield.c1@parl.gc.ca

FCM Media Relations

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media@fcm.ca

Infrastructure Canada

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