The governments of Canada and British Columbia unveiled details about their investments in green energy solutions across British Columbia. According to a press release from September 1, 2020, eleven projects will be funded to save energy and reduce pollution. The projects are jointly financed by the Government of Canada, local and Indigenous communities, and the Government of British Columbia. The investments are part of the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada plan. Hedy Fry, Member of Parliament for Vancouver Centre, said:
“This investment through the Green Infrastructure Stream is a great example of how federal partnerships with all levels of government can ensure a sustainable future for generations. Amidst COVID-19, we can rebuild better with a green recovery.”
One project that will receive funding is the Sewage Heat Recovery Expansion Project in Vancouver. By increasing the capacity of a Neighborhood Energy Utility, more households in the area shall be supplied with low-carbon heat and hot water. Funding is also going toward expanding the network of electric vehicle charging stations across the province. In order to make electric mobility more attractive, about 80 new stations shall be installed. Other projects are related to energy-efficiency upgrades of public buildings, such as aquatic centres; the installation of solar photovoltaic panels in First Nations communities; and renewable energy production. The investments for all projects add up to about CAD 60 million.