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Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Jenny Gerbasi, president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) announced funding for 72 initiatives in communities across Canada through three funding programs – the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP), the Municipal Asset Management Program (MAMP), and the Green Municipal Fund (GMF).
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 demonstrate the work being done on these fronts in municipalities large and small.

The Municipal Asset Management Program is helping Canadian municipalities make informed decisions on infrastructure investment based on sound asset management practices. For example, the Town of Smoky Lake, Alberta is completing an inventory and collecting data on the condition of their community’s buildings, and using this information to create a 10 year plan for their infrastructure assets.  

Through the Green Municipal Fund, communities are not only improving the environment around them, they are maximizing municipal resources and improving the lives of their citizens. For example, the City of Kingston is completing a feasibility study on the complete restoration of a vacant former factory to establish a new multi-use commercial property designed to high environmental standards.

MCIP, MAMP, and GMF are delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and funded by the Government of Canada.

•The Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program is a 5 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 5 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 $550 million program designed to support initiatives that demonstrate innovative solutions or approaches to a municipal environmental issues, and that can generate new lessons and models for municipalities of all sizes and types in all regions of Canada.

Published in the February 2018 Edition