FCM's Green Municipal Fund supports the Region of Waterloo's Long-Term Transportation Plan



    WATERLOO, ON, April 16 /CNW Telbec/ - Brantford city councillor
Marguerite Ceschi-Smith, representing the Federation of Canadian
Municipalities' Green Municipal Fund and Peter Braid, Member of Parliament for
Kitchener-Waterloo, on behalf of the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of
Natural Resources, announced today a Green Municipal Fund (GMF) grant for the
Region of Waterloo. The Region of Waterloo will use the $350,000 grant to
develop its Long-term Transportation Plan - called Moving Forward 2031- that
could cut greenhouse gases by up to 10,000 tonnes a year.
    "FCM's Green Municipal Fund offers a range of resources and services that
specifically address the sustainable community development needs of municipal
governments," said Ceschi-Smith, representing the FCM's Green Municipal Fund.
"The financing and knowledge provided by the Fund supports the development of
communities that are more environmentally, socially and economically
sustainable."
    "Our government is assisting municipalities across the country in
achieving their goal of a cleaner and healthier environment for Canadians
through the Green Municipal Fund," said the Honourable Peter Braid. "Today's
announcement is another example of how the Government of Canada - in
partnership with the FCM - is helping the Region of Waterloo build a greener
future for its citizens."
    The Region of Waterloo will develop a long-term transportation plan to
accommodate expected population growth and provide the community with
alternatives to automobile use. A steering committee with representatives from
the City of Kitchener, the City of Cambridge and the townships of North
Dumfries, Wilmot, Wellesley and Woolwich will guide the process, beginning
with public consultations to set goals and objectives.
    These public consultations, along with assessment of land-use options and
best practices in other municipalities, will inform the development of both a
policy framework and a strategic plan that prioritizes transit improvements.
The team will also identify financial, structural and operational requirements
to support the Transportation Master Plan (TMP). The TMP will include a
monitoring process and performance indicators. The plan will lay the
groundwork for several capital projects, including rapid transit and Grand
River Transit infrastructure, multi-modal infrastructure and bicycling
facilities.
    The combined initiatives are predicted to cut more than 10,000 tonnes of
CO2-equivalent greenhouse gases annually, as well as reduce particulate
matter, volatile organic compounds and other harmful emissions.
    "As one of Canada's faster growing municipalities, the Region of Waterloo
will use this funding to assist in creating a transportation plan that is
sustainable and vital to accommodate growth while enhancing our quality of
life, continuing our economic vibrancy and protecting our heritage and natural
resources," said Regional Chair Ken Seiling.

    The Green Municipal Fund is an endowment financed by the Government of
Canada and managed by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities The Fund
supports partnerships and leveraging of both public and private sector funding
to reach higher standards of air, water and soil quality, and climate
protection.

    FCM has been the national voice of municipal governments since 1901. It
fosters sustainable communities enjoying a high quality of life by promoting
strong, effective, and accountable municipal government.




For further information:

For further information: Region of Waterloo, ON: Keren Adderley,
Coordinator of Communications and Marketing, Planning, Housing and Community
Services, Region of Waterloo, (519) 575-4508; www.region.waterloo.on.ca; Green
Municipal Fund: Dave Weatherall, Communications Officer, Green Municipal Fund,
Federation of Canadian Municipalities, (613) 907-6292, Fax: (613) 244-1515,
dweatherall@fcm.ca; www.fcm.ca/gmf; Natural Resources Canada: Jasmine
MacDonnell, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Natural Resources
Canada, (613) 996-2007, Fax: (613) 943-0663, http://nrcan-rncan.gc.ca

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