Town receives federal support for sustainability plan

The Town of Orangeville will receive $46,400 to develop a Sustainable Neighbourhood Action Plan through the Green Municipal Fund. The announcement, made by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Communities and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), is part of 159 new initiatives for green innovation, climate change resiliency, and infrastructure planning across Canada.

The Green Municipal Fund (GMF) supports initiatives that advance innovative solutions to environmental challenges. These projects improve air, water and land quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and generate economic and social benefits to local communities.

Federal funding for the sustainability plan in Orangeville will be matched through cash and in kind contributions by the municipality and the Town has engaged Lura Consulting to complete the plan. The end result will be a comprehensive Sustainable Neighbourhood Action Plan that will promote and guide the Town’s strategies, goals and targets for a sustainable future, integrating the environmental, economic, social, and cultural pillars of sustainability.

Councillor Sylvia Bradley, Chair of the Orangeville Sustainability Action Team, is enthusiastic about the project. “The development of a sustainability plan for Orangeville has been a goal of the Town’s OSAT committee for some time. The plan will help the Town work towards a cleaner, healthier community, with economic and lifestyle benefits for everyone.”

Community engagement will be an important component of the project and will begin this fall with outreach to businesses, residents and other stakeholders to create a vision and actions for the Town’s future. There will be numerous opportunities for members of the community to become involved in the process and to share their ideas.

Upon completion, the plan will provide a realistic and ambitious direction, setting measurable goals and realistic actions to implement. The plan is expected to be completed by June of 2019.