On Thursday, the Canadian Government announced that a $40-million investment has been made for the Atmospheric Fund to create Canada's first ever climate centre in the Greater Toronto area. This will be one of the seven new 'low Carbon Cities' that will soon be located across the country. These 'low Carbon Cities' in Canada will be put in place to help reduce pollution and help to act on climate change throughout the nation.
In a press release, Adam Vaughan spoke on behalf of Canada's Minister of Natural Resources that these low carbon city centres will be part of the government's $1.01 billion plan to make communities throughout the nation more energy efficient.
These centres will help to work with private sectors, non-profit organizations and governments to help create low carbon solutions in their specific areas. According to the LC3 website, these city centres will focus mainly on creating energy-efficient buildings as well as urban renewable energy.
This means that in seven different Canadian locations, LC3 will set up city centres that will work towards helping and aiding that particular area in lowering the pollution emissions, helping the nation reduce the carbon footprint. This call comes weeks after Canada declared climate change a national emergency.
These low carbon city centres will be located in seven of Canada's largest urban areas, which represent 43% of the entire country's population. Targetting the busiest and most polluted areas in the nation.
These seven locations include Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Ottawa, Greater Toronto, Montreal, and Halifax.
The very first climate centre is set to open in the Greater Toronto Area and will work towards creating new technologies and innovations to help make Toronto a low-carbon city.
Vaughan states that "The LC3 centre in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area is a great example of what we can accomplish when working together. The Government of Canada is proud to be working with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and the Atmospheric Fund to build tomorrow's thriving, livable cities and communities that are also inclusive and sustainable."
This project is part of the Government of Canada's aim to support smarter energy initiatives and create a greener future for the nation.
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