Feds call for proposals to reduce diesel reliance in remote communities

Maria Church
February 16, 2018
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Feb. 16, 2018 - The federal government is looking to fund projects that will reduce reliance on diesel fuel in rural and remote communities, most of which are Indigenous. 

Minister of Natural Resources Jim Carr launched a call for proposals today in Winnipeg for the Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities Program. The program will provide approximately $220 million in funding. 

“We are pleased to work together with the provinces and territories on these initiatives to promote cleaner, more reliable energy supply in rural and remote communities, reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Canada’s North and create new opportunities for social and economic development in these communities. Our government’s green infrastructure funding will also help to ensure that Canada is a global leader in the transition to a greener economy," Carr said in a news release. 

The announcement is part of the government’s plan to provide $21.9 billion over 11 years to support green infrastructure, drive clean growth and combat climate change, according to the release.

“Reducing reliance on diesel in First Nation communities is a shared priority among Indigenous peoples, the Government of Canada and provincial and territorial governments. I am pleased this new funding will be accessible to remote First Nation communities to support them in finding more sustainable renewable energy solutions," Minister of Indigenous Services Jane Philpott said in the release.

Learn more about proposal qualifications here.

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