Investing in local infrastructure helps create good middle class jobs, tackle climate change and improve Canadians’ quality of life. That’s why the Government of Canada is partnering with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities—and municipalities such as Bancroft—to help achieve these national objectives.
Mike Bossio, Member of Parliament for Hastings—Lennox and Addington, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities highlighted $163,700 in funding for a climate change adaptation project in Bancroft. This project is supported by the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP). The program is delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and funded by the Government of Canada.
Thanks to this funding, the Town of Bancroft will conduct a study to identify actions to improve the resiliency of the Town’s wastewater infrastructure to climate change. Currently, the treatment plant is negatively impacted by high wastewater flows during rain or snowmelt events, which cause releases of partially treated wastewater despite a $9M expansion in 2009. Climate change is expected to increase these impacts due to more intense rainfall and larger volumes of precipitation.
The proposed study will identify and correct the cause(s) of the capacity issue at the treatment plant. Implementing the study findings will reduce the discharge of partially treated wastewater to the York River, maximize existing infrastructure to make wastewater services more affordable under climate change scenarios, and avoid further infrastructure capital costs.
This project is part of the 72 initiatives that have been approved in 71 communities across Canada for funding amounting to just over $5.3 million and announced on December 12, 2017.
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 funding, Bancroft will be able to plan, build and maintain its infrastructure more efficiently, environmentally, and economically. I know it’s always the goal to reduce costs, so I hope that this investment will work toward that goal. It will also be able to complete infrastructure projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and better prepare to adapt to the potential effects of climate change. Innovative infrastructure projects, like the one announced in Bancroft contribute to a clean growth economy and strengthen the middle class by ensuring Canadian communities are healthy and sustainable places to live.”
-Mike Bossio, Member of Parliament for Hastings—Lennox and Addington
“I’m proud of the leadership being demonstrated by municipalities across the country. Local leaders are embarking on some of the most innovative solutions to address the impacts of climate change and reduce greenhouse gases. At the same time, they are taking steps to strengthen decision-making on infrastructure spending, which has a major impact on the day-to-day lives of their residents. Continuing to support this on-the-ground expertise is vital to building the Canada we want.”
-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 Government of Canada endowed the FCM with $550 million to establish the Green Municipal Fund. An additional $125 million top-up was announced in Budget 2016. The Fund supports partnerships and leveraging of both public and private sector funding to reach higher standards of air, water and soil quality, and climate protection.
- The Government of Canada recently launched the Smart Cities Challenge which encourages all Canadian communities to use data and connected technologies to solve pressing issues and improve the lives of their residents. This friendly competition will help bring big ideas to life, and find solutions that achieve real and positive outcomes for Canadians.
Federal infrastructure investments since 2002