Government of Canada invests in Guelph Infrastructure

August 9, 2018

When we invest in infrastructure, we build neighbourhoods. Infrastructure keeps communities connected, helps grow businesses, and allows people to live healthier lives.

Investing in Canada is the federal government’s 12 year, $186 billion plan to invest in the infrastructure projects Canada needs, and the men and women who can build them. By investing in better transit, roads, green energy and affordable housing, this plan will strengthen our communities, create jobs for the middle class, and grow Canada’s economy for the long-term. 

Infra Announce. Aug 9Proud to announce Two infrastructure projects in Guelph for over $250,000

Today, Lloyd Longfield, Member of Parliament for Guelph announced that two infrastructure projects in Guelph have received federal funding as part of the Government’s long-term plan to invest in Canadian communities. This funding will help with infrastructure planning, green innovation and climate change resiliency initiatives.

The first of two funded projects, the Fleets Fuels Transition and Car Sharing Project, will allow the City of Guelph to undertake a study designed to significantly reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, by assessing the feasibility of electrifying municipal vehicles and leveraging local car share services to maximize the use of the electrified fleet. Vehicles that will be replaced with plug-in hybrid versions can expect to see a 50 per cent reduction in emissions; those replaced with battery electric versions will see essentially complete elimination of emissions. The second, complementary, component of the study will evaluate options for a car sharing program. The federal government is contributing $125,000 to this project under the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP) and the City of Guelph is contributing $50,700. 

The government of Canada has also invested $150,700 under the FCM – Green Municipal Fund program for the environmental work for fuel storage tank decommissioning. The City is replacing underground fuel storage tanks at its Operations facility on Municipal Street with new, above-ground tanks. This project will fund environmental assessment work for the decommissioning of the underground tanks, so that the city can address potential environmental impacts and prevent future issues. 

Investing in Canada will more than double infrastructure investments compared to the previous government which allowed for 10 years of sporadic and insufficient investments.

Under Prime Minister Trudeau’s approach, municipal, provincial and territorial partners are receiving the long-term, predictable funding they have long asked for. This is allowing them to responsibly plan for their futures and build stronger, more sustainable, and inclusive communities.

“It is very exciting to see the progress on this important project to make our community more environmentally friendly. Guelph has always been a leader in this area and by making smart, targeted investments in infrastructure and green projects, our government is helping to make sure that Guelph remains one of the best places in the world to live, work and raise a family.”

- Lloyd Longfield, Member of Parliament for Guelph

 “On behalf of Council, I want to thank the Government of Canada for their support for two projects that will help us reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect the quality of our soil, water, and air.”

– Mayor Cam Guthrie, City of Guelph

The City of Guelph is grateful to the Government of Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities for their support of our staff’s efforts to advance innovation solutions to environmental challenges.

–Derrick Thomson, CAO, City of Guelph
Quick Facts

  • 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 Green Municipal Fund (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.
  • Through the Investing in Canada plan, the Government of Canada will invest more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
  • $26.9 billion of this funding will support green infrastructure projects, including $5 billion available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.


Lianne Cassidy

Office of Lloyd Longfield

Member of Parliament for Guelph