GMF works with municipalities and their partners to ensure land is protected, restored, used, and managed responsibly.

We give local governments access to innovative, technically and economically viable environmentally sustainable solutions to their land use challenges. By leveraging our funding and training, GMF provides municipalities the means and resources to lead the transition to sustainable Canadian communities.

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What we fund

  • Brownfield site remediation
  • Renewable energy production on brownfields
  • Sustainable neighborhood action plans
  • On-site or off-site treatment of contaminated soils, groundwater, or other materials

How it can help 

Implement land use solutions that deliver triple-bottom-line benefits to your residents:

  • Restore sites to economically productive use
  • Remove soil and groundwater contaminants
  • Increase green spaces in your community

Benefits

  • Prevent risk to the environment and human health
  • Increase quality of life for residents
  • Increase residents’ access to parks and community spaces
  • Boost area property values
  • Reduce urban sprawl, provide space for new housing
  • Create attractive, livable neighborhoods

Available funding

Access funding to help you return contaminated land to productive use.

Plan: Brownfield strategy or action plan

Develop of a plan that identifies and prioritizes opportunities to remediate and revitalize your community’s brownfields.

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Study: Site remediation or risk management

Remediate a contaminated site back to productive use. Assess potential solutions with a study grant.

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Capital project: Brownfield site redevelopment

Transform a remediated brownfield site back into economic use. Finance a capital brownfield project.

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Pilot project: Renewable energy production on a brownfield

Evaluate solutions for generating renewable energy on a local brownfield site. Develop a smaller-scale version of your project in real-life conditions with a pilot project grant.

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Featured resources

Gain the knowledge, tools, and support you need to undertake and execute sustainable land use solutions.

Brownfield Roadmaps

Guides to processes, regulations and funding for brownfield redevelopment projects

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Report: Sustainable land use practices in Canadian municipalities

The report identifies 10 replicable “high impact” practices with major potential to increase land use sustainability, lower GHG emissions and provide triple bottom line benefits (economic, social and environmental).

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Email series: Fostering brownfield redevelopment in your community

This interactive microlearning approach is designed to support municipal staff and elected officials when considering redevelopment opportunities in Canadian cities and communities.

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Leadership in Brownfield Renewal network

Join our network to get the knowledge you need to engage in brownfield redevelopment.

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Successful projects

Read about real-world implementations of municipal sustainable land use projects

Measuring the value of natural assets

How the City of Saskatoon assessed the value of the ecosystem services provided by its green infrastructure

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Case study: Unique approach helps Durham Region, ON, plan effectively for climate change

The plan will reduce the municipality's exposure to uninsured losses and mitigate loss of revenue for businesses due to climate events. During emergencies, it will reduce the need for assistance from other jurisdictions, and lower the risk of loss of life

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Case study: Remediation of a former landfill protects the Saint Lawrence and improves an urban area in Montreal

The City of Montreal’s Rehabilitation of the Pointe-Saint-Charles industrial park project is the 2020 winner in the brownfields category of FCM’s Sustainable Communities Awards.

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Case study: Campbell River, BC, develops plan to protect against rising sea levels

The Campbell River Rising Seas initiative in Campbell River, BC, is the 2020 winner in the climate change category of FCM’s Sustainable Communities Awards.

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Have a question?

Contact our Programs Outreach team for more information on available land use funding and eligibility.

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The Green Municipal Fund is a $1 billion program, delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and funded by the Government of Canada.