Improving Energy Conservation Across Saskatchewan

Jun. 28, 2017

Federal Gas Tax Fund allocated to 42 projects in 35 communities

June 28, 2017    Regina, Saskatchewan, Infrastructure Canada

Investing in infrastructure is vital to strengthening the middle class and growing the economy. The governments of Canada and Saskatchewan recognize that modern, efficient community infrastructure contributes to clean growth, sustainability, and a high quality of life for future generations.

That is why over $2.3 million from the federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF) is expected to support 42 community energy systems projects in 35 Saskatchewan communities across the province this year. Under the federal GTF, the community energy systems category is used primarily for energy saving building retrofits.

For example, the Northern Village of Pinehouse has installed a boiler system in the soon to be completed 10-unit seniors’ complex, providing affordable energy efficient housing for area seniors. Plans for a new solar panel will reduce energy costs and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions at a skating rink in the Town of Ponteix. The Village of Ceylon is adding insulation and siding to its water plant building in order to increase energy efficiency, while the Northern Village of Buffalo Narrows is in the process of upgrading the lighting and furnaces in all municipal-owned facilities to reduce overall energy use. And the Rural Municipality of Douglas No. 436 is retrofitting three local recreational facilities—the Speers Recreation Centre, the Richard Curling Rink and the Hafford & District Communiplex—with new furnaces, lighting, doors and water heaters. These upgrades will improve energy efficiency and reduce utility costs for the rural municipality.

Quotes

“The federal Gas Tax Fund allows Saskatchewan’s municipalities to direct federal dollars to their infrastructure priorities, including community energy systems. Making smart investments to renew our energy infrastructure supports improved air quality and reduced greenhouse gas emissions, while creating well-paying jobs that help the middle class grow and prosper.”

The Honourable Ralph Goodale,
Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness,
On behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

“The demand to develop and renew infrastructure is vital to the continued growth of Saskatchewan’s communities. Energy conservation projects such as these will help to meet the future needs of these municipalities, as well as improving the quality of life for their residents.”

Minister Donna Harpauer,
Saskatchewan Ministry of Government Relations

“Saskatchewan’s towns, villages, northern municipalities, and cities all have a leadership role in reducing our carbon footprint and developing carbon reduction strategies. Funds from the federal Gas Tax Fund help hometowns be green today so they can prosper for years to come.”

Councillor Gordon Barnhart
SUMA President

"Energy cost reduction is a smart investment for now and into the future. The federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF) provides dependable funding to allow rural municipalities to make their municipal operations more energy efficient and environmentally sustainable."

Ray Orb,
SARM President

“The northern municipalities truly appreciate the capacity provided through the GTF to set local priorities, including making investments in cost-efficient energy and renewables, which can help communities save money on energy costs over the long-term while allowing them to reduce their carbon impact.  Leaders recognize that these investments are key to the vibrancy and sustainability of the northern municipalities.”

Bruce Fidler,
New North Chair

Quick Facts

  • The federal GTF provides Canadian municipalities with a permanent, predictable and indexed source of long-term funding. Local communities have the flexibility to make strategic investments across 18 different project categories, including roads and bridges, public transit, drinking water and wastewater infrastructure, and recreational facilities.

  • The Government of Canada is providing Saskatchewan with more than $59.1 million for community infrastructure through the federal GTF in 2017-18.

  • billion in infrastructure funding over 12 years for public transit, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, transportation that supports trade, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.

Contacts

Brook Simpson
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
613-219-0149
Brook.Simpson@canada.ca

Kathy Ward
Communications Consultant
Saskatchewan Ministry of Government Relations
306-787-2687
Kathy.Ward@gov.sk.ca

Infrastructure Canada
613-960-9251
Toll free: 1-877-250-7154
infc.media-medias.infc@canada.ca
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