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Federal and provincial governments invest in move to renewable energy

On May 25, Kevin Lamoureux, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg North (for Hon. Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change) and Manitoba’s Minister of Environment and Climate, Hon. Kevin Klein, announced funding for the Efficient Trucking Program and Manitoba’s merit-based program.

Up to $38.2 million in funding has been allocated, with the Efficient Trucking Program receiving an additional $3.6 million from the Government of Canada to support a new intake for applications. The Manitoba Government will contribute up to $3.3 million and Manitoba’s trucking sector will provide $6.6 million. The Efficient Trucking Program provides rebates up to 50 percent of the cost of installed fuel-saving devices or technologies for heavy-duty vehicles or trailers, delivered by Red River College Polytechnic’s Vehicle Technology and Energy Centre.

“Reducing the carbon footprint of the trucking sector is crucial to successfully attaining Manitoba’s carbon reduction goals. By partnering with the federal government, we can transition more vehicles and industries from fossil fuels to renewable energy. Manitoba will continue to lead the way in the development of a cleaner, greener economy,” said Klein.

The federal government is also investing $25 million in Manitoba’s merit-based program, with the Government of Manitoba contributing $6.25 million. The program is for funding projects by municipalities, government entities, industry, Indigenous communities, and not-for-profit organizations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote clean growth and green job creation, improve energy efficiency and/or reduce energy costs.

“Canada’s ongoing transition to a sustainable economy presents us with a substantial opportunity to invest in clean, renewable energy. The Low Carbon Economy Fund is one way that we’re making progress. By partnering with provinces and territories across the country, we are creating jobs, growing the economy, and building more resilient communities, all while reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” said Lamoureux with the announcement.

The federal government investment is part of an agreement between Canada and Manitoba under the Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund.


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