Atholville, New Brunswick, October 8, 2020—Canadians live in cleaner, healthier communities when municipalities develop innovative solutions to reduce pollution, improve energy efficiency, and find new uses for public infrastructure.
Even through the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) continue to make strategic investments through the Green Municipal Fund (GMF) to support more sustainable communities of all sizes. GMF is funded by the Government of Canada and delivered to municipalities by FCM.
René Arseneault, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Official Languages) and Member of Parliament for Madawaska−Restigouche, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Natural Resources, and the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change; and Michel Soucy, President of the Association francophone des municipalités du Nouveau-Brunswick (AFMNB) and Mayor of Atholville, on behalf of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, today announced over $417,000 for an energy efficiency project in four New Brunswick communities through GMF.
Led by the Association francophone des municipalités du Nouveau-Brunswick (AFMNB), the project will replace existing fuel-burning furnace heating systems with high-efficiency biomass boilers and improve energy efficiency in four municipal buildings in the province: Atholville’s town hall, Caraquet’s municipal garage; Rivière-Verte’s municipal garage; and Saint-Léonard’s regional emergency centre.
The project’s goals are to reduce heating costs and greenhouse gas emissions, generate energy savings, promote local expertise and resources, and enhance job creation locally. Using residual forest biomass as a source of heating could generate a ripple effect on other small towns in New Brunswick and the rest of Canada—this model is particularly appealing for rural regions whose economies are tied to the forest or agricultural sector.
The pandemic has offered an opportunity to think about what really matters in our communities, engage in meaningful conversations about taking care of those around us, and reflect on the kind of future we want to build. Together with our partners we will build a fairer and more resilient Canada that works for everyone.