The Town of Stony Plain will be awarded with $175,000 in funding through the Government of Canada’s Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP).
The Town is one of 72 Canadian municipalities to receive grants through one of three federally-funded programs designed to give communities the tools they need to make strategic improvements to local infrastructure.
The goal of the MCIP is to encourage Canadian municipalities to prepare for and adapt to the potential impacts of climate change by providing funding for investments in green infrastructure. The Federal Government will disburse $75 million during the five-year program.
The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Jenny Gerbasi, President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), made the funding announcements last week, and emphasized the important role that municipalities play in improving the country’s infrastructure.
“Helping Canadian municipalities make informed decisions on infrastructure investment based on sound asset management practices will make infrastructure dollars go further and will benefit Canadians for years to come,” Sohi says.
The funding the Town will receive will be used to make improvements to and enhance management of its storm water pond, which helps safeguard water quality by collecting and treating storm water run-off, and also protects against flooding.
“A well-designed and maintained storm water pond helps reduce the amount of pollutants that reach our waterways and also provides a habitat for vegetation and wildlife,” says Mayor William Choy.
“Regular maintenance and inspections of the pond are necessary to ensuring its longevity and efficiency. This investment from the Government of Canada will allow the Town of Stony Plain to continue working towards our goal of being as healthy, green, and sustainable of a community as we can be.”
For more information, contact:
Stephanie Barsby Boisvert
Corporate Communications Officer
Town of Stony Plain