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Town will Receive Support for Climate Initiatives

June 13, 2019

The Town will receive funding to develop, update and implement initiatives that will produce a lasting reduction in the town’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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Three municipalities in West Nova receive support for climate-related initiatives


June 13, 2019 – Yarmouth, Nova Scotia -  Canadians live in cleaner, healthier and safer communities when municipalities use innovative ways to reduce pollution, improve energy efficiency and find new uses for their public infrastructure.

That’s why the Government of Canada recently announced, with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), over $9.7 million in funding for 125 new projects in communities across Canada to help achieve these national objectives.

Today, Colin Fraser, Member of Parliament for West Nova on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, highlighted that 3 municipal units in West Nova will benefit from this funding: the Town of Yarmouth; the County of Kings; and the Municipality of Digby.

The Town of Yarmouth will be receiving $124,000 to implement develop, update and implement initiatives that will produce a lasting reduction in the town’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Through this funding, the town will: establish a baseline GHG emissions inventory; set GHG emissions reduction targets; and outline actions to reduce GHG emissions for municipal operations and the community in all areas of municipal activity, including energy use, transportation planning, land use, waste and water management.

The County of Kings will be receiving $107,760 and the Municipality of Digby will be receiving $64,000 to develop, update and implement initiatives that increase their capacity to adapt to climate change. Through this funding, these municipal units will: develop climate change adaptation plans that identify climate change impacts, risks, and related adaptive strategies or actions related to their communities; implement operational and institutional changes within the municipality; and begin preparatory work for the implementation of climate adaptation initiatives.

These three projects are supported by the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP), which provides funding, training and information sharing opportunities for municipalities. The MCIP is designed to help municipalities better prepare for and adapt to the new realities of climate change as well as reduce GHG emissions. The MCIP is funded by the Government of Canada and delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM).

“Through these investments, the Town of Yarmouth, the County of Kings and the Municipality of Digby are all taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect residents from the impacts of climate change. These investments will result in safer, cleaner and healthier communities and provide even more opportunities for communities in West Nova.”

Colin Fraser, Member of Parliament for West Nova, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities