Canada and FCM invest in public transit solutions in Pembroke

Aug. 22, 2022
The government of Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities are investing in smart, sustainable solutions from coast to coast to coast.

The Honorable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources, and Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) President Taneen Rudyk announced a C$18,750 (US$14,380.31) investment through FCM's Green Municipal Fund (GMF) to help the city of Pembroke explore practical public transit solutions for the community.  

"Our government is pleased to support sustainable transportation in communities across Canada. Today's investment is an important step in the city of Pembroke's plans to deliver public transit solutions for residents for the first time since 1977. This is a great example of community-driven innovation and climate action,” said Minister Wilkinson. 

The now-completed study aimed to create more sustainable public transportation options that provided real alternatives to personal vehicles in the city. Pembroke took an innovative approach to developing and implementing the best transit solution for its residents and businesses. The study assessed several options, including a possible partnership with a private company or other communities, hybrid and electric buses, turnkey solutions and the use of an app. These options and measures are considered innovative and beyond "business as usual" for Pembroke given the size of the city and the fact that it hasn't operated a public transit system since 1977. 

"It's critically important to have everyone in the climate fight. Municipalities across Canada are doing their part with innovative solutions that create jobs and climate resilience. Green infrastructure investments in Canadian communities will make our air cleaner, our economy stronger and set us on the path to a net-zero future,” said the Honorable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change. 

The Green Municipal Fund, administered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, is funded through an endowment by the government of Canada. GMF helps local governments switch to sustainable practices faster. Its unique mix of funding, resources and training gives municipalities the tools they need to build resiliency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  

"Local governments own sixty percent of the country's infrastructure. With support from the Green Municipal Fund, municipalities of all sizes are implementing smart sustainable solutions to improve their infrastructure—just like Pembroke, which is looking at the best transit solution for its residents and businesses. Together, we are building resilient communities, accelerating the path to net-zero and helping achieve Canada's climate goals,” said FCM President Taneen Rudyk.