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Fifteen municipalities to get federal money for GHG reduction projects

OTTAWA, Ont. -- Fifteen municipalities across Canada will receive up to $30,000 from Ottawa to come up with detaile...


OTTAWA, Ont. — Fifteen municipalities across Canada will receive up to $30,000 from Ottawa to come up with detailed plans for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transportation in their cities.

Gatineau, the Greater Vancouver Regional District, Halifax, London, Moncton, Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec City, Saint John, Toronto, Victoria, Waterloo, Whitehorse, Winnipeg and York Region will all receive project funding. They were chosen from among 48 municipalities that submitted proposals to a selection committee.

The money is being handed out under Ottawa’s Urban Transportation Showcase Program (UTSP), a five-year, $40-million initiative designed to promote alternative strategies for reducing urban GHG emissions from transportation. The program is part of the federal government’s Action Plan 2000 on Climate Change.

The 15 municipalities have four months to develop and submit their detailed plans to Ottawa for review by the UTSP selection committee and the federal transport minister, David Collenette. After that review, at least four plans will be chosen for implementation.


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