Neebing, ON. March 13, 2018— Investing in innovative green infrastructure projects contributes to a clean growth economy and strengthens the middle class by ensuring communities are healthy and sustainable places to live. That’s why the Government of Canada is partnering with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, and municipalities such as Neebing, to help achieve these national objectives.
Today Don Rusnak, Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay—Rainy River, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, is pleased to highlight that the Municipality of Neebing will be receiving $50,000 in funding from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities under their Municipal Asset Management Program, which is designed to strengthen infrastructure planning and help municipalities make informed decisions about maintaining, replacing and repairing infrastructure such as roads, recreational facilities, and water and wastewater systems.
This project is delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and funded by the Government of Canada. It is part of the 68 initiatives that have been approved in communities across Canada for funding amounting to just over $3.7 million and announced on March 13, 2018.
Improving Canada’s infrastructure lays – in large part – in the hands of the municipalities. Communities across the country want to be sure they are investing their infrastructure money wisely, and that they are aware of and ready to adapt to the potential effects of climate change as they make local infrastructure investment decisions. The projects announced today demonstrate the work being done on these fronts in municipalities large and small.
“Through this investment, Neebing will be able to plan, build and maintain its infrastructure more strategically. Investments in green infrastructure projects, like the one announced today, help build healthy, liveable, cleaner, and more sustainable communities now and for future generations.”
Don Rusnak, Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay—Rainy River
“It’s exciting to see so many municipalities—big and small—stepping up to do things differently. All three programs behind today’s announcement are helping communities do just that and learn from each other along the way. We are proud to fund these initiatives and know that local action in communities across Canada is driving change on a national scale. Together, we’re making real progress toward Canada’s climate and sustainability goals.”
Jenny Gerbasi, FCM President
- The Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program is a five-year, $75-million program 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.
- The Municipal Asset Management Program is a five-year, $50-million program designed to help Canadian municipalities strengthen infrastructure investment decisions based on sound asset management practices.
- The Green Municipal Fund is a program designed to support initiatives that demonstrate innovative solutions or approaches to a municipal environmental issue that can generate new lessons and models for communities of all sizes and types across Canada. The Government of Canada endowed FCM with $550 million to establish the program and an additional $125 million top-up was announced in Budget 2016.