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MP Bryan May Announces Canadian Government Investment in Local Renewable Energy

Government of Canada Invests in Local Renewable Energy

Waterloo Region, ONTARIO – Members of Parliament from Cambridge, Kitchener South—Hespeler, Kitchener Centre, and Waterloo joined Region of Waterloo officials in announcing $5,750,000 in funding from the federal government for new renewable energy technology for local wastewater treatment facilities.

The investment will provide Waterloo Region wastewater treatment facilities in Waterloo, Kitchener, and Cambridge with clean energy technology that utilizes wastewater byproducts as a renewable energy source, decreasing the plant’s consumption of regular hydro power by up to 80%. As wastewater is treated in Waterloo Region facilities, gaseous byproducts will be separated and combusted by green carburetors, generating renewable energy to power the wastewater treatment processes.

The $5,750,000 announced today for the Region of Waterloo is delivered through the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ (FCM) federally-funded Green Municipal Fund (GMF).

This funding is part of the Government of Canada’s efforts to work better with municipalities across the country and focus on the needs of communities like Waterloo Region. By investing in cleaner infrastructure and renewable energy, the government is working to create jobs for the middle class, grow Canada’s economy for the long-term, and develop communities for the future

"The Government of Canada is pleased to be partnering with the FCM to support green infrastructure projects that will build healthier, cleaner communities now and for future generations. Local projects like the ones we’re announcing today will create new opportunities to grow the economy and strengthen the middle class, while improving energy efficiency and reducing our carbon footprint," said the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

“We are proud to support the great work being done in municipalities to make Canada a cleaner and healthier place for everyone. A clean energy future starts at the local level, and we are committed to working closely with communities of all sizes to cut pollution, take action on climate change and improve the quality of life for all Canadians,” said the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources.

“Cities and towns are important partners in climate action. And through this funding, we are building on the work already being done to protect our environment, strengthen local economies, and create good-paying jobs in communities across the country," said the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

“With federal funding through these FCM programs, communities are driving local change with national impact. Local governments influence around half of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions, and today’s announcement demonstrates the concrete steps local leaders are taking toward Canada’s GHG targets.With national leadership and investment in the power of municipalities, remarkable progress is possible," said Vicki-May Hamm, President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities

Quick facts

  •  The Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP) helps municipalities and partner organizations by providing funding, training and information sharing. It is 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. MCIP is a five-year $75-million program, delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and funded by the Government of Canada.
  • The Green Municipal Fund (GMF) supports initiatives that advance innovative solutions to environmental challenges. These projects improve air, water and land quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and generate economic and social benefits to local communities. Through GMF, municipalities share lessons learned and successful new models for advancing sustainability in communities of all sizes in all regions across Canada. GMF is a $625 million program, delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and funded by the Government of Canada.
  • Through the Investing in Canada plan, the Government of Canada will invest more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
  • $26.9 billion of this funding will support green infrastructure projects, including $5 billion available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.


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