The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change (ECCC), and Scott Pearce, President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), recently announced support for the expansion of the City of Calgary’s composting facility to meet the demands of its residents.

The project receives $23 million through the FCM’s Green Municipal Fund and $10.7 million through Environmental Canada and Climate Change’s (ECCC’s) Low Carbon Economy Fund, for a total investment of $33.7 million.

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The expansion will increase the composting facility’s capacity to process food and yard waste from 100,000 tonnes per year to 160,000, extending the life of the city’s landfill and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by about 45,000 tonnes per year. This is the equivalent of removing nearly 14,000 cars from the road. The upgrade is in direct response to the popularity of the city’s Green Cart program, which launched in 2017.

The project is estimated to create 180 full-time jobs ranging from skilled trades to management and engineering during the two-year construction period and four full-time permanent jobs to operate and maintain the expansion.

As Canada moves towards a net-zero economy, people living and working in the Prairies are taking action and taking advantage of growing economic development opportunities that are shaping a sustainable and inclusive future for everyone.

These kinds of investments are in line with the Government of Canada’s commitment to deliver good jobs and, through greater collaboration with all levels of government, build a strong and sustainable Green Prairies Economy.

Quick Facts

About the FCM’s Green Municipal Fund
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ (FCM) Green Municipal Fund (GMF) is a globally unique organization providing funding and education to municipalities to help them both reach net-zero and build resilient communities, while also delivering economic and social benefits such as jobs, housing and infrastructure. Since inception in 2000, it has helped reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2.87 million tonnes, funded nearly 13,000 person-years of employment, enabled nearly 30,000 sustainable affordable housing units, and contributed $1.2 billion to the national GDP via the more than 2,100 approved projects. GMF is a $2.1 billion program funded by the Government of Canada.

About the Low Carbon Economy Fund
The Low Carbon Economy Fund (LCEF) is an important part of Canada’s clean growth and climate action plans, including the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change and the 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan – Canada’s Next Steps for Clean Air and a Strong Economy. The LCEF supports projects that help reduce Canada’s Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, generate clean growth, build resilient communities and create jobs for Canadians.

About the Framework to build a Green Prairie Economy
The Framework to Build a Green Prairie Economy sets out a vision for an economy that is prosperous, sustainable, and benefits everyone. It is a long-term commitment by the federal government to have stronger coordination between federal departments on investments for the Prairies and closer collaboration with Prairie partners on priorities to seize new opportunities in the transition to a net-zero future.

Source: Federation of Canadian Municipalities