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Government of Canada announces support for the City of Saint John and Saint John Energy’s Climate Change Initiatives

04-Mar-2020

Canadians are feeling first-hand the impacts and costs of climate change. By working together, we can take action on climate change in a way that benefits all Canadians. That’s why the Government of Canada is working with municipalities to cut pollution and make life more affordable.

The Member of Parliament for Saint John-Rothesay, Wayne Long, on behalf of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, today announced up to $4 million in funding for the City of Saint John, New Brunswick. This investment will support the development of a renewable heating and cooling system for four buildings at Market Square – a commercial complex in Saint John. It will also support the implementation of energy retrofits in up to 50 municipal buildings such as arenas, wastewater treatment facilities, fire halls, transit facilities, offices and several public buildings. Over the lifetime of this project, the City of Saint John will see a cumulative reduction of around 76,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions. That is equivalent to removing over 23,000 passenger cars off the road for a year. 

The Government of Canada is also announcing an additional up to $570,600 in funding for Saint John Energy to replace around 1,700 of the existing outdoor area and street lights with high-efficiency LED lights. This investment will allow the City of Saint John to completely upgrade its lighting, as part of the City’s LED upgrade initiative.

The funding comes from the Champions and Partnership streams of the Government of Canada’s Low Carbon Economy Challenge, which invests in projects that reduce carbon pollution, save money, and create good jobs.

Canada’s climate plan is on track for the biggest reduction in carbon emissions in our country’s history. This plan is just the beginning. The Government will continue to bring forward new and enhanced measures to ensure Canada continues to be a leader in the fight against climate change, and to reach the commitment of being net-zero by 2050. 

Quick facts

The Challenge stream of the Low Carbon Economy Fund is an important part of Canada’s climate action plan, and it's helping put Canada on a path to meet and beat our Paris Agreement target for 2030. 
Under the Low Carbon Economy Fund, the maximum percentage of total project costs the federal government can contribute toward a project varies depending on the recipient. The maximum federal share for specific recipients is as follows:
25 percent for businesses
40 percent  for municipalities
40 percent  for not-for-profit organizations
50 percent  for provincial governments
75 percent  for territorial governments
75 percent  for Indigenous communities and organizations

Associated Links

Low Carbon Economy Challenge
Low Carbon Economy Fund
Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change

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