FCM Announces 2018 Sustainable Community Awards

Federation of Canadian Municipalities


Small-scale projects in Montreal neighbourhoods are helping residents walk and bike more, and are adding green space to the urban environment. (Photo: City of Montreal, QC)


Recently, municipalities across Canada submitted community plans offering innovative solutions for necessary environmental initiatives to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ (FCM) Sustainable Communities Awards. Today, FCM announced the recipients of the 2018 awards, as well as the case studies behind each community's award-winning initiative.

The winners of the 2018 FCM Sustainable Communities Awards are:

  • Asset management: Village of Salmo, B.C.

Sustainable Salmo Asset Management Project – for developing an advanced set of practices that are improving Salmo’s resilience to extreme climate events while improving the reliability of local services

  • Brownfields: City of Port Coquitlam, B.C.

Blakeburn Lagoons Park – for ecological techniques that have enabled this brownfield to be safely and affordably remediated, creating a new natural green space for local residents

  • Climate change: Regional Municipality of Durham, ON

Community Climate Adaptation Plan – for developing a new method for adapting to climate change in the community, by combining local expertise with state-of-the-art scientific weather models

  • Energy: City of Yellowknife, N.T.

Biomass District Energy System – for making a switch to biomass energy that allows Northern communities to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, shrink its carbon footprint and lower energy costs

  • Sustainable neighbourhood revitalization and design: City of Guelph, ON

Guelph Innovation District Secondary Plan – for developing a plan to meet growth targets without expanding the city’s boundaries that includes an innovative new carbon-neutral community

  • Transportation co-winners:

City of City of Kingston, ON

Transit High School Bus Pass Project – for generating a 20-fold increase in student public transit ridership by providing a bus orientation program in this mid-sized community

City of Montreal, QC

Pedestrian and Shared Street Program – for implementing a program that supports small-scale, borough-led street design projects that encourage walking and cycling and the greening of urban spaces

  • Waste: Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine, BC

Terrace Area Integrated Solid Waste Management Program – for an integrated waste management program that s increases waste diversion and addresses the needs and concerns of the community

  • Water: Town of Okotoks, AB

Living Soils Filtration Project – for putting in place a practical and effective water management system that uses different soils and plants to capture, filter and disperse stormwater

“Through these awards, we recognize and celebrate our sustainability trailblazers in municipalities across Canada,” said Jenny Gerbasi, FCM president. “From coast to coast to coast, communities are driving some of the most innovative solutions to Canada’s sustainability development. These winning initiatives are shining examples of innovation meeting action." Municipal sustainability initiatives include more integrated community planning as well as economic, social and environmental benefits when completed. 


For full details on the awards and winning plans, please visit: FCM.ca

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