December 12, 2002

Transport Minister announces funding for greenhouse emissions studies

Ottawa, Ontario – Transport Minister David Collenette today announced that 15 municipalities from across Canada will receive funding under the Urban Transportation Showcase Program. Each municipality will receive up to $30,000 to develop and submit more detailed proposals on projects designed to lower greenhouse gas emissions from transportation in their cities.

The municipalities were chosen by a selection committee which reviewed 48 proposals from municipalities across Canada. The successful municipalities are: Gatineau, the Greater Vancouver Regional District, Halifax, London, Moncton, Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec City, Saint John, Toronto, Victoria, Waterloo, Whitehorse, Winnipeg, and York Region.

“The Government of Canada is committed to finding new and innovative solutions to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions through a mix of technology applications, infrastructure enhancements and behavioural change,” said Mr. Collenette. “Transportation accounts for about a quarter of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions, and these projects will continue our work towards finding sustainable transportation solutions.”

The Urban Transportation Showcase Program is a key component of the Government of Canada’s Action Plan 2000 on Climate Change. The $40 million program calls for the creation of community showcase programs to demonstrate and evaluate ways of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transportation and to address other urban challenges, such as air quality, congestion, safety and rising operating costs.

The municipalities selected have four months to develop and submit their detailed proposals. The selection committee will then review the proposals and assist the Minister in selecting at least four from across Canada for implementation. Information from the showcases and other sustainable transportation best practices will be shared with cities across Canada through a national information network.

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