08/19/2009

Ottawa, Ontario, August 19, 2009. Federal Minister of State, Gordon O’Connor and AMO President Peter Hume, presented an AMO Federal Gas Tax Award to the Town of Markham for a district energy system that links all buildings in Markham’s town centre.
Award winning projects demonstrate excellent use of Federal Gas Tax funding and exemplify its environmental and sustainability objectives.  

“Markham’s district energy project stands out for superior long-term planning, conservation and community benefits,” said AMO President Peter Hume.   “In addition to saving money, property owners in Markham Centre enjoy a secure, efficient and environmentally friendly source of heating and cooling that will even work during widespread power failure.”   

It uses highly efficient thermal storage and cogeneration – the simultaneous production of heat and power from one primary fuel.   When complete in 2028, Markham Centre will be home to 25,000 residents, 17,000 employees, and is forecast to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50%.    

The Federal Gas Tax Fund 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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