Federal government providing $2.5 million to help cities go green

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The federal government has announced its intention to provide funding to help communities go greener and become more sustainable.

According to a recent news release, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities in conjunction with the Government of Canada, will be providing $2.5 million for 11 new projects in communities through the Green Municipal Fund.

The projects represent initiatives being taken by municipalities of all sizes.

For example, York Region will be partnering with the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority to design a method for optimizing the environmental benefits of low impact development and green infrastructure features in environmentally sensitive areas.

“Cities are key partners in pioneering practical climate solutions. Supporting municipalities in their efforts to build more resilient communities will help Canadians across the country mitigate the worst impacts of climate change,” Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, said in the release.

“By working together, we can create good middle class jobs, protect the environment and grow the economy,” she continued.

“All levels of government must work hard to address and adapt to climate change, protect the environment, and encourage clean economic growth,” Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, said in the same release.

“Our combined efforts will mitigate the impacts of climate change, providing Canadians with healthier communities and a better quality of life,” he continued.

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