Ontario Construction News staff writer
The Government of Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) will provide $6.2 million through the Green Municipal Fund (GMF) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from municipal buildings in the Town of Beckwith and Peel Region.
“By investing in innovative green solutions, we pave the way for cleaner, healthier communities across Canada,” said Jonathan Wilkinson, minister of energy and natural resources. “Through strategic partnerships and sustainable initiatives like the Green Municipal Fund, we’re accelerating the transition to resilient, net-zero communities, leaving a greener footprint for generations to come.”
Beckwith will receive a $750,000 grant and a $5-million loan to replace am aging municipal building with a new high-performance and net-zero facility.
Ground was broken on the township’s new $7-million municipal office at Beckwith Park on Nov. 1. Thomas Cavanagh Construction is the general contractor on the project.
Ground was broken on the township’s new $7-million municipal office at Beckwith Park on Nov. 1. Thomas Cavanagh Construction has been tapped as general contractor on the project.
“Our current office was built in 1963 when the population of Beckwith was around 2,000 people. Our population is around 10,000 now,” Beckwith Reeve Richard Kidd said at the groundbreaking ceremony. “That’s one of the reasons we started looking at this, along with the age of the building and we’ve outgrown it as far as staff, parking and we’re certainly limited when it comes to events hosted in the hall.”
The new building will replace the structure built in 1962 and feature a combination of green building best practices including a building automation system to reduce consumption by lowering temperature setpoints in unoccupied areas, as well as advanced LED lighting controls.
A rooftop solar photovoltaic system on the site is designed to provide 100 per cent of the building’s energy requirements.
“Climate action can take many shapes and forms. Using highly innovative technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in various sectors and help us adapt to the harmful impacts of climate change is one of them. Through this funding, we are supporting great municipal projects that can deliver financial, social, and environmental benefits to communities in the Township of Beckwith and the Peel Region in Ontario,” said Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change.
GMF also announced $525,000 for three feasibility studies by the Region of Peel, with each receiving $175,000:
- The Peel Regional Police will construct a new operational facility to better accommodate services, supporting the entire police force and housing other departments. The study will aim to reduce the carbon footprint of this new building and address climate change throughout its design process.
- Peel Regional Police will also construct a new division on five acres of land within the City of Brampton to transition a portion of the 22ndDivision, which is currently set to be decommissioned in the coming years. The study will evaluate how to design a net zero police division.
- Finally, the Regional Municipality of Peel is currently looking to upgrade the Clarkson Wastewater Treatment Plant to better integrate energy recovery, conservation, and on-site generation measures. The proposed upgrades will significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase wastewater treatment capacity, supporting expected population growth in the region and reducing costs.
GMF, administered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, is funded through an endowment by the Government of Canada. GMF helps local governments switch to sustainable practices faster. Its unique mix of funding, resources and training gives municipalities the tools they need to build resiliency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
“Canadians know that climate change is one of the biggest challenges of our generation and have seen the increasing and devastating effects of extreme weather events and wildfires hit home in our communities. Municipalities have influence over half of all greenhouse gas emissions but operate on limited resources. That’s why funding support for initiatives like the ones being announced in Beckwith and the Region of Peel is so important as they help to reduce energy consumption and emissions from public facilities. Today we’re building on a proven track record of over 20 years of successful work by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Green Municipal Fund to make municipalities greener places to live. That work could not be possible without an endowment by the Government of Canada,” said Scott Pearce, FCM president.