Mississauga Gets $175,000 For Green Development Standards

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Solar panels atop a housing complex in Mississauga. Pic: City of Mississauga

MISSISSAUGA: The Government of Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) have announced that the City of Mississauga is receiving $175,000 from the Green Municipal Fund.

This funding will be used to create a more comprehensive set of Green Development Standards for all new private buildings.

“I want to thank the federal government and FCM for supporting our City’s actions in the fight against climate change,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie.

“Climate change is real. This investment will help the City address the need for stringent green development standards. As we continue to build this great city, we want to ensure that our new residential and commercial buildings are built in a robust manner that increases resiliency and protects our environment now and for the future.”

The City’s existing standards have helped facilitate more energy-efficient developments, reduce urban heat island effects and address stormwater management and flood mitigation.  However, more needs to be done.

“Progress in the fight against climate change requires bold action,” said Chris Fonseca, Ward 3 Councillor and FCM Board Member.

“The Green Municipal Fund allocation enables the City to take a significant step to reduce greenhouse gas by creating green development standards that help meet our reduction target.”

Aligned with Action 3-1 of Mississauga’s Climate Change Action Plan, the new Green Development Standards will improve energy efficiency, building resiliency and sustainable sites for private developments. It will target greenhouse gas emissions and include performance metrics that are obtainable, quantifiable and enforceable.

“The updated Green Development Standard will embed environmental protection into the design and development process in Mississauga,” said Andrew Whittemore, Commissioner, Planning and Building.

“This will ensure our future buildings are resilient, sustainable and more liveable. Residents and business owners will also benefit from cost savings in energy efficiency and infrastructure maintenance. Our goal is to set the bar for future green development.”

City staff will engage with residents and stakeholders for input later this year as work on the new standards gets underway. Building on its 20-year record of environmental and economic impacts, the Green Municipal Fund (GMF) supports transformative initiatives at the community level. Ottawa has invested $1.65 billion in the GMF since its inception in 2000, enabling municipalities to support projects that leverage local resources to drive innovative solutions.

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