Government of Canada invests in sustainable transportation in British Columbia



    VANCOUVER, June 4 /CNW Telbec/ - The Government of Canada will invest in
three projects that support environmentally friendly transportation in British
Columbia, the Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety and Member
of Parliament for Okanagan-Coquihalla, announced today on behalf of the
Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and
Communities. The announcement was made on Clean Air Day, which is being
celebrated during Environment Week.
    The University of British Columbia Design Centre for Sustainability in
Vancouver will receive a contribution of up to $75,000 for a project that will
examine the economic impact of integrated sustainable community design on a
region comprising several municipalities. Cowichan Recyclists, based in
Duncan, British Columbia, will receive up to $6,000 for a small-scale
community project that will make bicycles with trailers available to a
predominantly aboriginal community. In addition, a contribution of up to
$100,000 will be given to Pedal Energy Development Alternatives (PEDAL) in
Vancouver for a project that will focus on the use of bicycles by students in
elementary school. These projects will be funded under the Moving On
Sustainable Transportation (MOST) program.
    "Our government is pleased to support these projects that will help
British Columbians reduce their reliance on cars and promote the use of
sustainable modes of transportation," said Minister Day.
    "The MOST program provides Canadians across the country with practical
ways to help reduce the impact of transportation on the environment," added
Minister Cannon.
    The purpose of MOST is to provide Canadians with practical information
and opportunities to better incorporate sustainable transportation options
into their daily lives. Through MOST, the government is helping find ways to
meet today's transportation needs while protecting the environment for future
generations of Canadians.
    The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring a cleaner, healthier
environment for all Canadians. This principle is the cornerstone of the
government's "Turning the Corner" action plan to reduce greenhouse gases and
air pollution, as well as many other environmental priorities, including
environmental enforcement, water conservation and reduction of pollution and
waste.
    A backgrounder with further information on the MOST program and a list of
projects selected for funding are attached.

    
                                 Backgrounder
                                 ------------

                 MOVING ON SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM
                 --------------------------------------------

    The Moving on Sustainable Transportation (MOST) initiative is an
innovative Transport Canada funding program that provides financial assistance
to organizations in support of projects that will help make sustainable
transportation a reality in Canada. Eligible organizations include
environmental groups, community associations, academic institutions,
aboriginal organizations, and business and professional associations.
    The program aims to achieve quantifiable results by providing Canadians
with practical information and tools to incorporate sustainable transportation
options into their daily lives. The program also promotes the development of
innovative methods to decrease the impact of transportation on the
environment.

    The types of projects eligible for funding include:

    - studies, analyses or plans that make recommendations on sustainable
      transportation issues and initiatives;
    - development of new and innovative sustainable transportation tools;
    - small-scale pilot projects or demonstration projects that test new
      sustainable transportation approaches or alternatives;
    - replication of successful sustainable transportation initiatives in
      additional communities while customizing project details to the new
      location; and
    - workshops and conferences that educate stakeholders (professionals
      employed in the field, or managers and staff of sustainable
      transportation projects) on sustainable transportation.

    Individual projects may receive up to a maximum of $150,000 over three
years. In keeping with the Government of Canada's commitment to partnership,
applicants must also demonstrate that 50 per cent of their eligible net costs
are provided by other sources.
    Project proposals are screened against detailed eligibility criteria.
Proposals that meet the initial requirements are sent to an independent
advisory committee for further review and recommendations. Transport Canada
makes the final decision on the allocation of funding.
    Transport Canada is committed to contributing to a lasting and
environmentally friendly transportation system. Through MOST, the Government
of Canada is helping to find ways to meet today's transportation needs while
protecting the environment for future generations of Canadians.

    For more information, visit Transport Canada's MOST website at
www.tc.gc.ca/programs/environment/most/menu.htm.


                   PROJECTS FUNDED ACROSS CANADA UNDER THE
             MOVING ON SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORTATION (MOST) PROGRAM
             ---------------------------------------------------

    The University of British Columbia Design Centre for Sustainability in
Vancouver will receive a contribution of up to $75,000 for a project that will
focus on the economic impact of integrated sustainable community design for a
region composed of several municipalities. This research could have practical
applications for other municipalities and regional authorities.

    The Groupe de recherche appliquée en macroécologie in Lachine, Quebec,
will receive a contribution of up to $75,000 for a project study of pricing
mechanisms and a cost-benefit analysis of sustainable transportation. The
study's modelling activities could have practical applications across the
country.

    Vivre en Ville in Quebec City will receive a contribution of up to $85,000
for a project that focuses on developing a transportation demand management
study for the Ottawa-Gatineau region. The project will address a need that is
currently not being met and unite the majority of partners needed to realize
such a strategy.

    The Clean Air Partnership in Toronto will receive a contribution of up to
$37,500 for a project that will analyze the economic impact of bicycle lanes
in an urban setting.

    Environment Hamilton Inc. in Hamilton, Ontario, will receive a
contribution of up to $50,000 for a project that will use an innovative
marketing plan of incentives provided by local attractions to encourage
families to use transit and could provide a model for marketing transit
services and creating new ridership.

    The Clean Nova Scotia Foundation in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, will receive a
contribution of up to $100,000 for a project that will apply transportation
demand management principles to both urban and rural community colleges.
Transportation demand management is rarely used outside urban settings and
could serve as a model for other large institutions or employers outside a
normal urban setting.

    Cowichan Recyclists in Duncan, British Columbia, will receive a
contribution of up to $6,000 for a small-scale community pilot project that
will make bicycles with trailers available to a predominantly aboriginal
community.

    Ecology Action Drive in Halifax, Nova Scotia, will receive a contribution
of up to $50,000 for a project to expand the role of Active and Safe Routes to
School to include safety education for multiple modes of travel. The project
could be used as a model for other similar programs.

    Pedal Energy Development Alternatives (PEDAL) in Vancouver will receive a
contribution of up to $100,000 for a project that will focus on the use of
bicycles by students in elementary school.

    Road Map 2020: Working Toward a Sustainable Saskatoon Inc. in Saskatoon,
Saskatchewan, will receive a contribution of up to $75,000 for a pilot study
of several initiatives in one neighbourhood. The goal is to study the impact
of intensive activity in a single area, as well as of individual project
activities.

    Clean Air Champions in Ottawa will receive a contribution of up to
$100,000 for a project that will expand the delivery of the Clean Air
Achievers project and its use of trip-tracking software, including translating
program materials into French so the project can be delivered in Quebec.

    EnviroCentre in Ottawa will receive a contribution of up to $35,000 for a
project that unites several underused projects and attempts to address a need
currently not being met in the area.

    Equiterre in Montreal will receive up to $100,000 for a project called "Je
m'active dans mon quartier," that will raise awareness among Montreal-area
citizens and socio-economic actors about the benefits of active transportation
(walking and biking) and public transit. The project is also aimed at
encouraging individuals to shop within their communities, and above all, take
action in that regard.

    The Atlantic Canada chapter of the Sierra Club of Canada will receive a
contribution of up to $40,000 for a project to provide bicycle repair services
to users of BikeShare, an organization in St. John's, Newfoundland and
Labrador, that makes bicycles available for use on a short-term basis.

    Vélo-route trans-Québec in Gatineau, Quebec, will receive a contribution
of up to $30,000 for a project to expand the delivery of a successful project
previously funded by MOST. The project will encourage people to cycle to work
from June 1 to September 22, 2008, and will also target students at
post-secondary colleges and universities, as well as those living in rural
areas.

    The Canadian Urban Transit Association will receive a contribution of up
to $50,000 for a project that provides youths with comprehensive and in-depth
information on sustainable transportation and land use planning at the start
of their careers.

                                                                 June 2008
    




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For further information: Karine White, Office of the Minister of
Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Ottawa, (613) 991-0700; Media
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