Government of Canada Launches Funding Calls to Fight Climate Change
February 2, 2022
MP Longfield picured in Ottawa discussing how the Zero Emission Transit Fund will allow Guelph Transit to become net zero
Today, Lloyd Longfield, Member of Parliament for Guelph, shared details of funding programs that are now accepting applications. “I look forward to supporting and helping to coordinate local initiatives with federal programs and joint federal and municipal goals to turn the tide on the climate crisis we are facing together", said Longfield.
Investments in climate action initiatives reaffirm the Government of Canada’s commitment to delivering a cleaner, safer environment while building a stronger economy. Applications are now open for the Zero Emission Transit Fund, the Active Transportation Fund and the Rural Transit Solutions Fund. These new project initiatives will fight climate change, shorten commutes and shift to cleaner transportation in the support of zero emission transit solutions.
- The Zero Emission Transit Fund is now accepting applications under the Planning and Capital streams. Eligible applicants can seek funding to help cover planning and capital costs related to shifting public transit systems to cleaner electrical power, including the purchase of zero emission buses and related infrastructure.
- The Active Transportation Fund is now accepting applications from eligible applicants who wish to help build new and expanded networks of pathways, bike lanes, trails and pedestrian bridges. Funding is available for planning projects as well as capital projects.
- The Rural Transit Solutions Fund is now accepting applications under the Capital Projects stream. Eligible applicants can seek funding contributions to help cover capital costs like the purchase of vehicles or digital platforms, as well as to support zero emission transit solutions such as the purchase of zero emission vehicles. The Rural Transit Solutions Fund is the first federal fund to target the development of transit solutions in rural, remote and Indigenous communities.
The Government of Canada has created the first-ever Active Transportation Fund to support the shift away from cars and toward active transportation. Projects like investments in expanded trails and bike lanes support Guelph’s growing network of active transportation connecting the city to more than 50km of off road paths and trails.
Also announced is the opening of the second round of Low Carbon Economy Fund which supports local pollution cutting initiatives in communities such as Guelph. These investments reduce carbon pollution, save money and create jobs. The University of Guelph was a past recipient of this funding and expanded their heat recover system to reduce emissions while heating the University Centre building.
Applications are now open until March 25, 2022: https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/news/2022/01/canada-launches-applications-for-200-million-fund-to-support-pollution-cutting-projects-through-the-low-carbon-economy-fund.html
We know that Guelph is a national leader in the clean economy and the goal of reducing Greenhouse gas emissions at a local level. Collaborative programs such as these are bringing us closer to reaching our national emissions reduction goals while reducing our dependency on fossil fuels and building a cleaner, healthier tomorrow.
These funding opportunities are also key to the Government’s commitment to ambitious climate action that keeps our environment and our economy healthy. In Canada, the transportation sector, which includes passenger cars and buses, accounts for 25 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions. Good transit is key to any plan to keep air clean and build strong communities. Tackling climate change and reaching net-zero by 2050 requires strong action by all orders of government and that is exactly what the Government of Canada will continue working with partners to deliver.
For more details, please visit the Transit Hub site.
Executive Assistant to MP Lloyd Longfield