The City of Burlington’s development of a Community Improvement Plan got a financial boost Wednesday from the federal government and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM).
The City and the Burlington Economic Development Corporation are receiving $42,300 through the FCM’s Green Municipal Fund, which is funded by the federal government.
The money will go towards supporting development of a Community Improvement Plan aimed at redeveloping brownfield sites to help meet the City’s need for development-ready lands and attract new employers to keep jobs within the municipality.
The $1-million Green Municipal Fund investment is aimed at helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the quality of land, water, and urban transit in communities throughout Ontario’s Golden Horseshoe region.
“Our cities and communities influence half of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions,” said Joanne Vanderheyden, President of FCM, who made the funding announcement along with Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources. “That means local action is critical.
“With support from the Green Municipal Fund, this is happening: municipalities of all sizes are implementing smart low-carbon solutions. Empowering this local expertise is vital to meeting Canada’s climate goals. When orders of government work together to reduce emissions, we’re building more resilient communities.”
Since its inception, the Government of Canada has invested $1.65 billion in the Green Municipal Fund.
“Local green solutions create jobs, lower emissions and build a more prosperous and sustainable economy for all,” O’Regan said. “This is how we get to net-zero by 2050.”