Canada invests $4.4 Million in Quebec projects to combat air pollution
Canada's unwavering commitment to a safe and clean environment is evident in proactive steps taken by the Government. Minister Steven Guilbeault announced nearly $4.4 million in funding through the Environmental Damages Fund for Quebec projects targeting transportation-related air pollution. The goal is to enhance urban mobility and promote active transportation in line with the National Active Transportation Strategy.
The primary objective of this call for proposals is to bolster projects that will actively work toward diminishing transportation-related air pollution by enhancing urban mobility and promoting active transportation in Quebec. Such initiatives align seamlessly with the Government of Canada's broader commitment to bolster active transportation throughout the country via the first National Active Transportation Strategy.
In his announcement, Minister Guilbeault stated, "With this fund, we are using fines paid by bad environmental actors to support the efforts of those who work to protect and improve Canada's environment. Supporting active transportation and urban mobility projects not only reduces transportation-related air pollution, it will also help move us closer to our net-zero emissions goals, while providing safe and inviting options for the community."
The call for proposals is open until December 6, 2023, and applicants must request a minimum of $250,000 to be considered eligible for funding. The total funding available for this call is $4,393,140.
Active transportation encompasses activities like walking, cycling, and the use of human-powered or hybrid mobility aids such as wheelchairs, scooters, e-bikes, rollerblades, snowshoes, and cross-country skis. Urban mobility, on the other hand, refers to an individual's ability to move efficiently within the city where they reside and work.
The funds allocated for this call for proposals originate from the settlement agreement for the Association québécoise de lutte contre la pollution atmosphérique vs. Volkswagen Group Canada Inc. et al. class action lawsuit, which received approval from the Superior Court of Québec on June 16, 2022.
With these investments, Canada is taking significant strides toward a greener and more sustainable future, prioritizing the well-being of its citizens and the preservation of its natural beauty.
Photo caption: $4.4 million earmarked for Quebec projects combating transportation-related air pollution. (TF)
Photo credit: Tashi Farmilo