Improving energy conservation across Saskatchewan

Federal Gas Tax Fund allocated to 42 projects in 35 communities

REGINA, June 28, 2017 /CNW/ - Investing in infrastructure is vital to strengthening the middle class and growing the economy. The governments of Canada and Saskatchewan recognize that modern, efficient community infrastructure contributes to clean growth, sustainability, and a high quality of life for future generations.

That is why over $2.3 million from the federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF) is expected to support 42 community energy systems projects in 35 Saskatchewan communities across the province this year. Under the federal GTF, the community energy systems category is used primarily for energy saving building retrofits.

For example, the Northern Village of Pinehouse has installed a boiler system in the soon to be completed 10-unit seniors' complex, providing affordable energy efficient housing for area seniors. Plans for a new solar panel will reduce energy costs and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions at a skating rink in the Town of Ponteix. The Village of Ceylon is adding insulation and siding to its water plant building in order to increase energy efficiency, while the Northern Village of Buffalo Narrows is in the process of upgrading the lighting and furnaces in all municipal-owned facilities to reduce overall energy use. And the Rural Municipality of Douglas No. 436 is retrofitting three local recreational facilities—the Speers Recreation Centre, the Richard Curling Rink and the Hafford & District Communiplex—with new furnaces, lighting, doors and water heaters. These upgrades will improve energy efficiency and reduce utility costs for the rural municipality.

Quotes

"The federal Gas Tax Fund allows Saskatchewan's municipalities to direct federal dollars to their infrastructure priorities, including community energy systems. Making smart investments to renew our energy infrastructure supports improved air quality and reduced greenhouse gas emissions, while creating well-paying jobs that help the middle class grow and prosper."

The Honourable Ralph Goodale,
Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness,
On behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

"The demand to develop and renew infrastructure is vital to the continued growth of Saskatchewan's communities. Energy conservation projects such as these will help to meet the future needs of these municipalities, as well as improving the quality of life for their residents."

Minister Donna Harpauer,
Saskatchewan Ministry of Government Relations

"Saskatchewan's towns, villages, northern municipalities, and cities all have a leadership role in reducing our carbon footprint and developing carbon reduction strategies. Funds from the federal Gas Tax Fund help hometowns be green today so they can prosper for years to come."

Councillor Gordon Barnhart
SUMA President

"Energy cost reduction is a smart investment for now and into the future. The federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF) provides dependable funding to allow rural municipalities to make their municipal operations more energy efficient and environmentally sustainable."

Ray Orb,
SARM President

"The northern municipalities truly appreciate the capacity provided through the GTF to set local priorities, including making investments in cost-efficient energy and renewables, which can help communities save money on energy costs over the long-term while allowing them to reduce their carbon impact.  Leaders recognize that these investments are key to the vibrancy and sustainability of the northern municipalities."

Bruce Fidler,
New North Chair

Quick Facts

  • The federal GTF provides Canadian municipalities with a permanent, predictable and indexed source of long-term funding. Local communities have the flexibility to make strategic investments across 18 different project categories, including roads and bridges, public transit, drinking water and wastewater infrastructure, and recreational facilities.
  • The Government of Canada is providing Saskatchewan with more than $59.1 million for community infrastructure through the federal GTF in 2017-18.
  • The Government of Canada will provide more than $180 billion in infrastructure funding over 12 years for public transit, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, transportation that supports trade, and Canada's rural and northern communities.

Related products

Communities in Saskatchewan that are using all or part of their federal GTF allocation toward community energy systems projects in 2017: LINK

Associated links

Government of Canada's $180-billion+ infrastructure plan in Budget 2017: http://www.budget.gc.ca/2017/docs/plan/chap-02-en.html#Toc477707375

Federal infrastructure investments in Saskatchewan:
http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/sk-eng.html

The federal Gas Tax Fund:
http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/gtf-fte-eng.html

Federal Gas Tax Fund:
http://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/municipal-administration/funding-finances-and-asset-management/funding/federal-gas-tax-program

Backgrounder

Improving energy conservation across Saskatchewan
Federal Gas Tax Fund allocated to 42 projects in 35 communities

The federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF) provides Canadian municipalities with a permanent, predictable and indexed source of long-term funding. The Government of Canada is providing Saskatchewan with more than $59.1 million for community infrastructure through the federal GTF in 2017-18.

Based on project planning for 2017, federal GTF funding will support the following community energy systems projects in Saskatchewan communities:

Municipality

Project Name

Estimated Total Cost

Federal GTF Allocated

Rural Municipality of Arborfield No. 456

Municipal Office Lights Retrofit

$7,000

$7,000

Rural Municipality of Auvergne No. 76

RM Office Lighting Energy Efficiency Upgrade

$6,700

$6,700

Village of Beechy

Municipal Lighting/Door Project

$1,691

$1,691

Resort Village of Big Shell

Community Hall Energy Retrofit

$6,000

$6,000

Village of Bladworth

Community Hall Retrofit

$32,724

$17,724

Village of Buchanan

Upgrade Lighting at Buchanan Skating Rink

$17,500

$14,500

Northern Village of Buffalo Narrows

Upgrade Municipal Building Heating and Lighting

$166,000

$166,000

Village of Ceylon

Ceylon Water Pumphouse Retrofit

$14,000

$8,824

Town of Cupar

Replace Cupar Memorial Rink Heating

$70,000

$70,000

Rural Municipality of Douglas No. 436

Retrofit Speers Recreation Centre

$28,500

$28,500

Rural Municipality of Douglas No. 436

Retrofit Richard Curling Rink

$23,500

$23,500

Rural Municipality of Douglas No. 436

Retrofit Hafford & District Communiplex

$40,000

$40,000

Village of Dubuc

Old Office Energy Retrofit

$4,250

$4,250

Rural Municipality of Eagle Creek No. 376

Retrofit Municipal Shop

$12,000

$12,000

Village of Eyebrow

Village Office Energy Retrofit

$10,000

$7,500

Village of Eyebrow

Village Shop Energy Upgrades

$7,000

$7,000

Village of Frontier

Upgrade Shop for Energy Efficiency

$9,154

$9,154

Village of Glenavon

Village Shop Energy Efficiency Upgrades

$25,000

$11,466

Village of Kendal

Upgrade Village Office Energy Efficiency

$15,000

$7,746

Village of Kincaid

Office Energy Efficiency Upgrade

$25,750

$25,750

Village of Krydor

Rec Centre Retrofit

$3,500

$3,500

Rural Municipality of Lacadena No. 228

Municipal Office Energy Efficiency Upgrade

$17,000

$17,000

Northern Saskatchewan Administration District

Uranium City Public Works Building Furnace

$33,000

$33,000

Village of Maymont

Install New Furnace at Library

$4,000

$4,000

Rural Municipality of Paddockwood No. 520

Replace Metal Halide Lights with LED Lights at RM Complex

$4,732

$3,747

Rural Municipality of Paddockwood No. 520

Replace Boiler and Heaters at RM Complex

$53,454

$53,454

Northern Village of Pinehouse

Construct Seniors Complex

$2,450,000

$100,000

Village of Plunkett

Office Furnace Project

$3,800

$3,800

Village of Plunkett

Community Hall Furnace Project

$10,925

$10,790

Town of Ponteix

Installation of Rink Solar Panel

$70,000

$70,000

Town of Rosthern

Build Energy Efficient Town Shop

$1,700,000

$295,886

Rural Municipality of Saskatchewan Landing No. 167

Upgrade RM House Energy Efficiency

$11,070

$11,070

Town of Scott

Town Hall Energy Efficiency Upgrade

$30,000

$12,000

Village of Shamrock

Shamrock Community Hall Energy Efficiency

$22,000

$2,000

Rural Municipality of South Qu'Appelle No. 157

Community Center Furnace Replacement

$1,000

$1,000

Rural Municipality of South Qu'Appelle No. 157

Edgeley Pump Station Heating Conversion

$1,000

$1,000

City of Swift Current

Upgrade Electrical System – 5 kv to 25 kv Conversion

$2,527,386

$1,130,313

Town of Turtleford

Town Office Energy Efficiency Upgrade

$30,000

$25,425

Town of Turtleford

Shop Lighting Upgrade

$3,216

$3,216

Town of Unity

Install Low Emissivity Ceiling in Hockey Rink

$60,000

$60,000

Rural Municipality of Victory No. 226

Construct Municipal Shop

$250,000

$50,000

Rural Municipality of Willowdale No. 153

Municipal Building Energy Retrofit

$20,000

$15,000

 

For more information on the federal Gas Tax Fund, please visit: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/gtf-fte-eng.html

Twitter: @INFC_eng
Web: Infrastructure Canada

 

SOURCE Infrastructure Canada

For further information: Brook Simpson, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, 613-219-0149, Brook.Simpson@canada.ca; Kathy Ward, Communications Consultant, Saskatchewan Ministry of Government Relations, 306-787-2687, Kathy.Ward@gov.sk.ca; Infrastructure Canada, 613-960-9251, Toll free: 1-877-250-7154, infc.media-medias.infc@canada.ca

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