The Government of Canada has earmarked $3.3M from its Green Infrastructure Stream (GIS) program to support upgrades to Yukon’s Whitehorse Compost Facility.
The funds will go towards several sustainability upgrades and improvements, including an improved storm management system, mechanical upgrades, and enlarged gravel and concrete surfaced working areas – the combination of which will allow for more organic waste to be collected and processed through the building.
“Investing in green infrastructure solutions is an essential part of building livable, modern communities. The project we are celebrating today will provide the City of Whitehorse with improved compost management capabilities, and a cleaner environment,” said Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, speaking on behalf of François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. “This is an excellent example of what Yukoners can do when we work together at all levels of government to build stronger, more self-sustaining communities.”
The Government of Yukon is contributing $1.1M to the project, and the City of Whitehorse itself has pledged $40,000 to the initiative. Whitehorse Mayor Dan Curtis says the project will further the region’s goals to achieve a waste diversion rate of 50 per cent, adding, “Now is the time to expand the facility, so that we can manage the increased volume of organic waste, continue exercising responsible environmental sustainability and process our compost, which has been OMRI certified for organic use.”
Federal support for the project comes as part of the Government’s Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, which will see more than $180B invested in green infrastructure, transit projects, social infrastructure, and both rural and northern communities over the next 12 years.