Gas Tax Fund Delivering Outcomes

Projects funded through the federal Gas Tax Fund in B.C. from 2009-2012 will provide 89 million kilowatt hours of clean energy annually - just one of the findings from the newly released Gas Tax Agreement Outcomes Report.

The report reviews sustainability outcomes resulting from 323 local government infrastructure projects that received $407 million in funding through the federal Gas Tax Agreement between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2012. In order to be eligible, Gas Tax funded projects must lead to the achievement of environmentally sustainable outcomes of cleaner air, cleaner water and a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Eligible project categories include roads, bridges, public transit, community energy systems, as well as solid waste, water and wastewater systems.

Outcome highlights from the reporting period include over 89,000,000 kilowatt hours of clean energy generation per year; over 56,000 tonnes of reduced greenhouse gas emissions; 379 kilometers of new or improved paths and trails; and the lifting of 9 boil water advisories around the province.

The outcomes report also contains the findings of a study completed by Fraser Basin Council on the progress of local governments in BC in developing and implementing integrated sustainability planning practices.

Discussions between Canada, British Columbia and UBCM to renew the Gas Tax Fund are ongoing. UBCM will provide an update on the design of the renewed agreement once the negotiations are completed.

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