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Driving real climate action in your community.

Municipalities influence about half of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions. The Green Municipal Fund helps these communities take real action to reduce the impacts of climate change and build better lives for Canadians. Through a unique mix of funding, learning resources, and training, GMF helps communities take action to:

  • Improve water quality
  • Reduce air & water pollution
  • Expand recycling systems
  • Minimize waste
  • Create energy-efficient transit
  • Restore contaminated land
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Fast Facts

Since its inception, GMF has helped local governments bring over 1,360 sustainability projects to life. Our impact:

GHG Reductions

2.7 million

tonnes of GHG emissions avoided
Equivalent to taking

608,000

cars off the road

Energy saved

860,125

gigajoules of energy saved per year
Providing power for

9,299

households for an entire year

Wastewater and drinking water treated

244,752,512

cubic metres of water treated
Equivalent to

97,900

Olympic-size swimming pools

Waste diverted

173,596

tonnes of waste diverted per year
Equivalent to the contents of

24,800

garbage trucks

Land reclaimed

94

hectares of land reclaimed
Equivalent to

158

football fields
Employment generated

12,000+

person-years of employment created
Income earned

$560.2 million

in wages and salaries paid to households
GHG-reductions
Greenhouse gas

2.7 million

tonnes of GHG emissions avoided
Equivalent to taking

608,000

cars off the road
energy-saved
Energy saved

860,125

gigajoules of energy saved per year
Providing power for

9,299

households for an entire year
water
Wastewater and drinking water treated

244,752,512

metres cubed of water treated
Equivalent to

97,900

Olympic-size swimming pools
waste-diverted
Waste diverted

173,596

tonnes of waste diverted per year
Equivalent to the contents of

24,800

garbage trucks
land-reclaimed
Land reclaimed

94

hectares of land reclaimed
Equivalent to

158

football fields
Employment generated

12,000+

person-years of employment created
Income earned

$560.2 million

in wages and salaries paid to households

Success Stories

Coast to coast to coast, Canadian communities of all sizes have reduced their climate impact with GMF.

New electric vehicle-sharing system reduces emissions and generates revenue

Six forward-thinking municipalities in Quebec have added electric vehicles to their fleets and made them available to residents and partners through a car-sharing system for municipalities in the region.

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Community-led vehicle charging network drives big shift in rural setting

Thanks to a bold, shared vision and effective collaboration, new infrastructure for electric vehicles has attracted tourists and reduced emissions across BC’s rural Kootenay region.

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Canada’s first net-zero energy municipal library shows what’s possible

The City of Varennes, QC, is the first Canadian municipality to construct an institutional building that will soon produce as much energy as it consumes.

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Revitalized park brings community back to the river

The City of New Westminster bought an abandoned timber wharf site and transformed it into an urban riverfront park with equal parts built on land and water.

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A woman poses in one of the electric cars from the Sauver fleet

New electric vehicle-sharing system reduces emissions and generates revenue

Six forward-thinking municipalities in Quebec have added electric vehicles to their fleets and made them available to residents and partners through a car-sharing system for municipalities in the region.

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A man charges his car at a charging station while packing up his skis on a snowy winter's day

Community-led vehicle charging network drives big shift in rural setting

Thanks to a bold, shared vision and effective collaboration, new infrastructure for electric vehicles has attracted tourists and reduced emissions across BC’s rural Kootenay region.

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A section of the net-zero library in Varennes, with large windows and lights artfully hung above a row of bookshelves

Canada’s first net-zero energy municipal library shows what’s possible

The City of Varennes, QC, is the first Canadian municipality to construct an institutional building that will soon produce as much energy as it consumes.

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New Westminster Pier Park on a sunny day, with several pedestrians, bikers, and joggers traversing down the boardwalk

Revitalized park brings community back to the river

The City of New Westminster bought an abandoned timber wharf site and transformed it into an urban riverfront park with equal parts built on land and water.

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How does GMF help tackle climate change?

Over the past 20 years, GMF has worked alongside Canada’s local governments to bring sustainability projects to life. From project funding to learning resources and training opportunities, GMF offers support every step of the way.

RECENT PROJECTS

The City of Toronto retrofitted seven community-housing buildings, generating cost-savings and improving indoor air quality and comfort for 1,500 residents. They were supported by a GMF loan of $5 million, combined with a $750,000 grant.

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The municipalities of Sidney and Glace Bay built Nova Scotia’s longest paved bike path in Cape Breton with a GMF loan of $1 million and a $100,000 grant.

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LEARNING RESOURCES AND OPPORTUNITIES

The City of Toronto retrofit seven community-housing buildings, generating cost-savings and improving indoor air quality and comfort for 1,500 residents. They were supported by a GMF loan of $5 million, combined with a $750,000 grant

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The municipalities of Sidney and Glace Bay built Nova Scotia’s longest paved bike path in Cape Breton with a GMF loan of $1 million and a $100,000 grant.

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LEARNING RESOURCES AND OPPORTUNITIES

GMF provides tools and resources to help implement proven sustainability practices. Our Municipal Energy Roadmap guides municipalities in identifying and achieving significant emissions reduction measures.

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The Sustainable Communities Conference is Canada’s premier municipal sustainability event.

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RECENT PROJECTS

The City of Toronto retrofitted seven community-housing buildings, generating cost-savings and improving indoor air quality and comfort for 1,500 residents. They were supported by a GMF loan of $5 million, combined with a $750,000 grant.

► LEARN MORE

The municipalities of Sidney and Glace Bay built Nova Scotia’s longest paved bike path in Cape Breton with a GMF loan of $1 million and a $100,000 grant.

► LEARN MORE

Cartoon drawing depicting a municipal building with a bike rack out front

LEARNING RESOURCES AND OPPORTUNITIES

GMF provides tools and resources to help implement proven sustainability practices. Our Municipal Energy Roadmap guides municipalities in identifying and achieving significant emissions reduction measures.

► LEARN MORE


The Sustainable Communities Conference is Canada’s premier municipal sustainability event.

► LEARN MORE

Who Can Apply?

Funding through GMF is available to Canadian municipalities for municipal environmental projects. Municipal partner organizations may also apply for competitive, long-term financing.