Ottawa, Ontario – The federal government has announced that it will invest almost $3 million in projects across the country that support environmentally friendly transportation. Transport Minister John Baird said that 14 municipalities will receive funding under the ecoMOBILITY program.
“This is a good example of what our government is doing to keep our economy moving, create new jobs and deliver results for the environment,” Baird said. “These projects will promote greener transportation alternatives for Canadians, contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, and stimulate our economy.”
The ecoMOBILITY program works with provinces, municipalities and regional transportation authorities to help develop initiatives that encourage commuters to choose public transit or other alternatives to personal vehicles.
Projects include teleworking in Calgary’s business community, a project to promote flexible work hours and alternative modes of transport in Edmonton, bicycle initiatives in Guelph, Ontario, initatives for private sector employers to promote public transit use in Montreal, Safe Routes to School for nine elementary schools in New Westminster, B.C., a guaranteed ride program in Halifax, and a project to increase ride sharing and public transit use in Saint John, New Brunswick.