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Natural Resources Canada
November 10, 2010

Government of Canada Announces Funding to EQuilibrium™ Communities Project near Tofino

OTTAWA — A Vancouver Island First Nations development today received $433,990 in federal funding to support improvements in the planning and design of a healthy, energy-efficient and sustainable community. The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Natural Resources, announced the funding under the EQuilibrium™ Communities Initiative. The project, Ty-Histanis Neighborhood Development near Tofino, British Columbia, is the fourth of six winning projects under the initiative.

The $4.2-million EQuilibrium™ Communities Initiative provides financial assistance for technical activities and showcasing the performance of selected neighbourhood development projects. Through their planning, design, implementation and operation, these projects will improve current approaches in the areas of energy and water consumption, protection of the natural environment, land-use planning and sustainable transportation. Capital construction costs are not funded through the initiative.

“We are proud to be able to support the sustainability goals of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations as they develop a new community for themselves that respects the environment and current and future residents,” said Minister Paradis. “The EQuilibrium Communities Initiative support will help the project work toward its target of a 50 percent reduction in greenhouse gases through a decrease in energy requirements.”

Ty-Histanis is a planned neighbourhood on 84 hectares of land transferred from the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. The new neighbourhood is expected to include 171 single-detached units, 32 duplex units and a 12-unit elders’ complex. A central community core is planned to include the multi-family buildings together with a school, health clinic, pharmacy, recreation centre and centres for youth and elders. The community is targeting a 50 percent reduction in energy consumption, in part through a district energy system using renewable energy. Forty percent of the development site is to be maintained as undisturbed natural protected habitat. Planned stormwater runoff reduction features include porous surfaces, and the proposed water-efficient features will reduce potable water consumption.

“The support of the EQuilibrium Communities Initiative will be used to improve environmental performance while ensuring the homes are affordable and practical for our community,” said Elmer Frank, Chief of Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations. “These improvements will go a long way to reducing the environmental impact of the project for future generations.”

The EQuilibrium™ Communities Initiative is a sustainable community demonstration project and a collaborative initiative between Natural Resources Canada’s CanmetENERGY and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

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Natural Resources Minister Christian Paradis today announced $433,990 in funding under the EQuilibrium™ Communities Initiative to the Ty-Histanis Neighbourhood Development near Tofino, British Columbia. The funding is part of Government of Canada efforts to support improvements in the environmental performance of Canadian mixed-use residential developments.

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Richard Walker
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister
Natural Resources Canada

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Natural Resources Canada

Charles Sauriol
CMHC Media Relations

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  1. Ty-Histanis Receives EQuilibrium™ Communities Initiative Funding from the Government of Canada

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