News Release: Green Light for District of North Vancouver Energy System

North Vancouver, BC – Residents in North Vancouver will soon benefit from an innovative energy system thanks to a $632,000 contribution from the Government of Canada through the Gas Tax Fund transfer.

“Investments in Canada's public infrastructure create jobs, economic growth and provide a high quality of life for families in every city and community across the country,” said the Honourable Steven Fletcher, Minister of State (Transport) and Member of Parliament for Charleswood - St. James - Assiniboia. “With the new Building Canada Plan, our Government is delivering the largest investment in job-creating infrastructure in Canadian history. This green energy infrastructure project that we are announcing today will have a significant economic impact here in the District of North Vancouver.”

“This new energy system at the Karen Magnussen Recreation Centre will help meet our community's energy needs while reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions,” said AndrewSaxton, MP for North Vancouver, Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Treasury Board and to the Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification. “It is a good example of how our government is investing in sustainable energy sources that help to meet our energy needs while protecting the environment.”

A new energy system that converts wood waste to gas will be implemented at the Karen Magnussen Recreation Centre. The new system will heat the centre's swimming pool and also be connected to the electrical grid to help generate electricity for the local community. This innovative heating system will meet the community's energy needs while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This project will serve as a pilot that has a potential for a larger-scale implementation at other strategic locations within the North Vancouver District.

"The District of North Vancouver is serious about reducing its reliance on fossil fuels,” declared Richard Walton, Mayor of the District of North Vancouver. “This pilot project will illustrate clearly the benevolent use of a renewable fuel source. As swimming pools are traditionally one of the highest consumers of natural gas in buildings under municipal control, it makes sense to begin here. This highly replicable model should save money while reducing waste and lowering our carbon footprint."

“Sustainable infrastructure is key to British Columbians' quality of life and the vitality of our communities – projects which the Gas Tax Fund is helping to make a reality in B.C.,” said Jane Thornthwaite, MLA for North Vancouver-Seymour. “This energy system in North Vancouver is an impressive pilot project that is an excellent illustration of how to serve a community's energy needs while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”

“Converting wood waste to fuel is energy efficient and reduces greenhouse gases,” said Union of BC Municipalities President Mary Sjostrom. “The Gas Tax Fund is making it possible for local governments to implement innovative solutions that drive down operational costs and benefit the environment.”

The Gas Tax Fund provides long-term funding to help every municipality across the country build and revitalize public infrastructure. The Government of Canada has invested over $10 billion to date in municipal infrastructure through this Fund alone, which is now a permanent transfer of $2 billion per year.

Between 2006 and 2014, British Columbia will receive more than $1.56 billion from the Gas Tax Fund to improve local infrastructure. The Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) administers the Gas Tax Fund in BC, in collaboration with Canada and British Columbia.

Canada's Economic Action Plan 2013 is delivering a new Building Canada Plan to build roads, bridges, subways, commuter rail, and other public infrastructure in cooperation with provinces, territories, and municipalities. Thanks to the Government of Canada's leadership and our strong economic and financial fundamentals, the Canadian economy has recovered from the global recession better than most other industrialized countries. Canada has been a leader among G-7 countries throughout the recovery with more than 950,000 net new jobs created since July 2009. The new Building Canada Plan, combined with other federal infrastructure investments, supports Canada's infrastructure advantage, a key enabler of economic growth and job creation.

For additional information about federal investments in infrastructure and to stay up-to-date with Web feeds, visit www.infrastructure.gc.ca.

To find out what the Government of Canada is doing to promote jobs, growth and prosperity, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.

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For more information:

Brayden Akers
Office of the Minister of State (Transport)
613-991-0700

Stephanie Smiley
Communications Coordinator
District of North Vancouver
604-990-2284

Matt Gordon
Communications Director
Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development
250-953-3677

Paul Taylor
Relationships and Communications Advisor
UBCM
250-356-2938

Infrastructure Canada
613-960-9251
Toll free: 1-877-250-7154

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