The federal government and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities are investing more than $2.5 million for 11 new projects in communities through the Green Municipal Fund.
The City of Saskatoon will test an electric bus in its public transit fleet. If the pilot is successful, Saskatoon Transit will replace its conventional buses to create an all-electric fleet over the next 14 years.
The City of Calgary will receive $54,700 to study the financial and technical feasibility of various fuel alternatives for its Waste and Recycle Services (WRS) fleet. The fleet is currently composed of 250 heavy-duty diesel vehicles that travel city streets weekly to collect waste and recycling. The study will look at electric-battery, compressed natural gas, electric–diesel hybrid and hydrogen alternatives.
Calgary hopes to demonstrate that this initiative has the potential to lower greenhouse gas emissions by 20%, reduce fleet operating and maintenance costs, optimize long-term lifecycle cost–benefit scenarios, and lower both noise and air pollution. This study aligns with the city’s electric and low-emissions vehicle strategies, as well as its Corporate Energy Strategy Plan.
The Green Municipal Fund supports initiatives that advance innovative solutions to environmental challenges. Since its launch, GMF has invested in more than 1,310 municipal sustainability initiatives, helping to build better lives for millions of Canadians from coast to coast to coast.
The Green Municipal Fund is a $1 billion program, delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and funded by the Government of Canada. Budget 2019 provided an additional $950M investment to support three new program streams under GMF focused on increasing cost-saving energy efficiency.