MP Mike Bossio with Loyalist Township Mayor Bill Lowry
Mike Bossio, Member of Parliament for Hastings—Lennox and Addington announced a Green Municipal Fund (GMF) grant of $285,700 for Loyalist Township, delivered through the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). The project in Amherstview will see the installation and monitoring of a constructed wetland at the Amherstview Wastewater Pollution Control Plant. It forms one of 28 environmental initiatives led by local governments across Ontario.
“Municipalities are at the forefront of our community infrastructure needs and they need our support, said Bossio. “They are also crucial partners in taking action to fight climate change and protect our environment.”
“I’m excited to see green projects like this constructed wetland move forward. Innovative, low-energy, and cost-effective solutions like this one in Amherstview are an important way forward not only to fight climate change, but also to reduce costs in the process,” added Bossio.
Municipalities across Canada are modelling some of Canada’s most innovative green solutions. This highlights their commitment to being part of the solution as Canada works to meet its Paris Agreement commitments by reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while creating jobs and growing its clean economy.
“This pilot project will investigate the effectiveness of constructed wetlands as a low-cost, low energy, polishing step in the wastewater treatment process,” said Loyalist Township Mayor Bill Lowry. “Funding provided by the Green Municipal Fund assisted in the construction of a passive, free water surface flow wetland, which was designed to provide tertiary treatment to a wastewater stream by mimicking natural processes while making use of local vegetation to create a natural habitat that supports local and migratory wildlife.”
Some of the richest potential to reduce Canada’s GHG emissions lies in scaling up local innovation, and peer learning is at the very core of the GMF, making it easier for municipalities to take on green innovation in their community from the best examples of neighbouring communities.
“This facility will act as a research site to study the behaviour of constructed wetlands under varying conditions, with the ultimate goal of developing an optimal wetland design which may be used by other municipalities looking for energy-efficient polishing steps to their wastewater treatment facilities,” added Lowry.
The Government of Canada endowed the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (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. To date it has funded over 1,400 municipal initiatives.
- Loyalist Project Details: https://fcm.ca/home/programs/green-municipal-fund/funded-initiatives.htm?lang=en&project=17058422-1f9d-e611-bf03-005056bc2614&srch=15125
- FCM’s Green Municipal Fund
- FCM — Green Municipal Fund 2016–2017 Annual Report
- Government of Canada’s $180 billion+ infrastructure plan
- Federal infrastructure investments since 2002