The federal government has awarded $44 million to be split evenly between Calgary and Edmonton to help the cities reduce their carbon footprint.
The contribution is part of the $183 million investment to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities for Low Carbon Cities Canada (LC3) announced in Ottawa’s Budget 2019.
The federal contribution will create a fund to demonstrate innovative financing for direct investment in local low-carbon projects and ventures, the Alberta Ecotrust Foundation said in a statement.
Calgary and Edmonton will each receive $22 million to set up an LC3 office, which will focus initially on deep energy retrofits in the commercial and residential sector, and local deployment of renewable energy.
Cities have a big role to play in addressing climate change, where half of Canada’s carbon emissions originate from sources such as buildings and industry, Alberta Ecotrust said.