Halton Hills hopes of modernizing its town hall got a financial boost Wednesday from the federal government and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM).
The Town is receiving $24,600 through the FCM’s Green Municipal Fund to study the technical and financial requirements for retrofitting its 30-year-old town hall to become a net-zero building.
Funded by the federal government, 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.”