The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) recently announced a combined investment totaling more than $12.6 million through FCM’s Green Municipal Fund (GMF) to help reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, reduce waste and improve the quality of water in communities across Quebec.
The GMF, which is funded through an endowment by the Government of Canada, helps local governments switch to sustainable practices faster. Its unique mix of funding, resources and training gives municipalities the tools they need to build resiliency and reduce GHG emissions.
“Local governments influence half of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. That means local action is critical, and it is happening. With support from the Green Municipal Fund, municipalities of all sizes are implementing smart low-carbon solutions,” said Scott Pearce, second vice-president of FCM. “Together, we can improve our community infrastructure, accelerate the path to net zero and meet Canada’s climate change goals.”
FCM’s second vice-president Scott Pearce is the Mayor of the Township of Gore in Quebec.
The City of Québec, together with the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire (CHU) de Québec-Université Laval, receives $11.5 million, including a $10-million repayable loan) for the construction of a heating system on the site of the Hôpital de l’Enfant-Jésus, using steam discharged by the city’s municipal incinerator. The project would reduce GHG emissions produced by the new energy plant, improve air quality, reduce the incinerator’s potable water requirements and generate energy savings for the hospital. Among the many benefits of the project is a 52 per cent reduction in fossil fuel consumption and electricity from the grid, along with a 94 per cent reduction in GHG emissions, as compared to a baseline scenario.
Réemploi+,in partnership with the Régie des matières résiduelles (RMR) du Lac-Saint-Jean, receives $400,000 to carry out a pilot project that will significantly reduce GHG emissions and divert more than 5,000 metric tonnes of waste from the eco-centres run by the RMR each year. Instead of going to landfill, reusable items will be repaired and offered for sale at three “re-used materials hardware stores” in the region and online. Skills training will be available for people needing special support to enter the job market through this project.
The City of Rivière-du-Loup receives $400,000 to conduct a pilot project to increase the capacity of Rivière-du-Loup’s wastewater treatment plant using innovative technology not used anywhere else in the province. The pilot project includes testing the treatment system at the maximum flow conditions that have been projected for the next 30 years and training and transfer of technology to employees.
The Municipality of Sainte-Hedwidge receives $240,200 to implement a centralized biomass heating system to meet the heating needs of three buildings (city hall, the church and presbytery and the municipal garage/fire hall). By switching from fuel oil to local residual forest biomass (wood chips), the municipality will reduce its GHG emissions by 97 per cent and support the regional economy.
The City of Candiac receives $54,750 to complete a feasibility study on the implementation of an energy recovery loop to distribute heating and air conditioning between emitters (industrial buildings) and receivers (municipal and residential buildings) in the Montcalm downtown area.
The City of Drummondville receives $36,160 to carry out a pilot project in partnership with the Regional County Municipality (RCM) of Drummond to recover and recycle bulky items and CRD (construction, renovation, demolition) waste from the residential and business sectors. The pilot project aims to achieve a recovery rate of 61 per cent of all residual waste, to reduce waste by 2.5 per cent during the pilot project and by five per cent during full-scale implementation.
The Town of Amqui receives $29,900 to set up a pilot project to ensure the sustainable management of storm water in the town’s Blais sector, a typical neighbourhood of family homes located on a steep slope upstream of the Matapedia River. The initiative entails installing sumps and manholes, filter strips, bio-retention areas, turf and rain gardens. The goal is to achieve a reduction of at least 80 per cent of suspended solids and 80 per cent of the storm water runoff volume in the neighbourhood.
The Conseil régional de l’environnement et du développement durable de l’Outaouais receives $23,750 to carry out a feasibility study to identify facilitating factors, obstacles, as well as the interest of citizens and organizations in four municipalities (Chelsea, Cantley, La Pêche and Val-des-Monts) in the RCM of Collines-de-l’Outaouais in adopting sustainable mobility options, including the sharing of electric and hybrid vehicles.
“The recovery of the incinerator’s steam by the Enfant-Jésus Hospital is an innovative project that is part of the City of Québec’s Sustainable Development Strategy launched last June,” said Bruno Marchand, mayor of the City of Québec. “We are fully committed to reducing waste at the source, decarbonization and the fight against climate change. Cities have an essential role to play in this fight, and we intend to put all our efforts into it.”
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