WHITEHORSE, July 8, 2019 /CNW/ - A thriving economy needs strategic investments in green infrastructure solutions to improve the lives of citizens while limiting impacts on the local environment. Investing in innovative green infrastructure also helps create jobs and improve the quality of life of Northerners.
The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; the Honourable John Streicker, Yukon Minister of Community Services; and His Worship Dan Curtis, Mayor of the City of Whitehorse, today announced funding for improvements to the Whitehorse Compost Facility.
Facility upgrades include enlarged gravel and concrete surfaced working areas, an improved stormwater management system, and upgrades to electrical and mechanical operating systems. These improvements will allow for additional organic waste to be collected and processed to accommodate for future population growth in the community.
Once completed, the upgraded facility will process larger amounts of organic waste material more efficiently, while better protecting the local environment, waterways, and the community.
The Government of Canada is investing up to $3.3 million towards this project through the Green Infrastructure Stream (GIS). The Government of Yukon is providing $1.1 million to the project, with the City of Whitehorse contributing $40,000.
"Investing in green infrastructure solutions is an essential part of building livable, modern communities. The project we are celebrating today will provide the City of Whitehorse with improved compost management capabilities, and a cleaner environment. This is an excellent example of what Yukoners can do when we work together at all levels of government to build stronger, more self-sustaining communities."
The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"I am very pleased that by partnering with Canada and the City of Whitehorse we are helping expand and improve the compost facility. It will make a positive impact on our environment by reducing greenhouse gases and the amount of waste that goes to the landfill. Residents who use compost for their flower and vegetable gardens will reap the benefits of beautifying their homes and adding to their food security."
The Honourable John Streicker, Yukon Minister of Community Services
"The City is thankful to receive this funding to expand our compost facility. Residents and businesses have been diligently using their green carts and helping the City get closer to our waste diversion goal of 50%. Now is the time to expand the facility, so that we can manage the increased volume of organic waste, continue exercising responsible environmental sustainability and process our compost, which has been OMRI certified for organic use."
His Worship Dan Curtis, Mayor of the City of Whitehorse
Investing in Canada Plan Project Map: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map
Federal infrastructure investments in Yukon: https://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/investments-2002-investissements/yt-eng.html
Investing in Canada: Canada's Long-Term Infrastructure Plan: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/icp-publication-pic-eng.html
Rural Opportunity, National Prosperity: An Economic Development Strategy for Rural Canada: https://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/rural/strat-eng.html
SOURCE Infrastructure Canada