08/19/2009

Ottawa, Ontario, August 19, 2009. Frontenac County's Integrated Community Sustainability Plan wins inaugural Capacity Building Award.
Federal Minister of State, Gordon O’Connor and Peter Hume, President of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO), presented Frontenac County with an AMO Federal Gas Tax Award for an Integrated Community Sustainability Plan that benefited from the County’s extensive public consultation process. 

Award winning projects demonstrate excellent use of Federal Gas Tax funding and exemplify its environmental and sustainability objectives.  Winning projects in the Capacity Building category demonstrate excellence in long term sustainability planning.  

“The beauty of this plan is that it brought all five of Frontenac’s municipal governments together for the very first time to collaborate on sustainability needs,” said Peter Hume, AMO President.  “It considered everything from the health of local trails and waterways, to the long-term viability of local business and attracting new investment.“ 

Benefiting from more than $65,000 in Federal Gas Tax funds, the $96,000 exercise would not have been possible without this funding.  
 
The Federal Gas Tax Funding provides municipalities with long-term, stable and predictable funding for environmentally sustainable infrastructure that helps achieve cleaner water, cleaner air, or reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  In Ontario, the Federal Gas Tax Fund commits more than $4.8 billion to Ontario’s communities for sustainable infrastructure between 2005 and 2014.  

“The Federal Gas Tax Fund is an example of what can be achieved when all orders of government work together to  together to address the pressing need for infrastructure investment in Ontario,” said Hume.  “Funding is supporting hundreds of important infrastructure projects and is critical to job creation, Ontario's competitiveness and environmental sustainability.”

The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) is a non-profit organization representing almost all of Ontario’s 444 municipal governments and provides a variety of services and products to members and non-members. 

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