Federal government launches new sustainable communities initiative
Ottawa — Earlier this week (June 1st), Canada's federal government launched the new $4.2-million, EQuilibrium Communities Initiative, which will seek to improve community planning and develop healthy sustainable communities that are energy-efficient, economically viable and vibrant places to live. The initiative will provide financial, technical and promotional assistance to sustainable community projects chosen through a national competition. It will showcase the talents and innovation of Canadian residential developers, planners, designers and municipalities. The initiative is being led and funded equally by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).
A call for project submissions will be issued this summer, inviting developers, with their teams of planners, designers, and municipalities, to submit project proposals. Winning teams will develop and showcase neighbourhoods that are more sustainable and energy efficient than most existing communities. Improvements will be achieved in the areas of energy use, water efficiency, environmental protection, land-use planning, clean-energy transportation and affordable housing.