The Liberal government is pledging $2 billion over the next decade for large-scale projects aimed at blunting the effect of natural disasters linked to climate change.

Under grey skies, Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi announced the fund Thursday near a section of the Elbow River on the Stampede grounds that flooded in the great southern Alberta deluge of 2013.

Sohi said projects such as dams, dykes and natural wetlands will be eligible for federal dollars under the new program, which was signalled in this year’s budget.

“Climate change is having a dramatic impact on Canadian communities from coast to coast to coast,” he said.

“Floods, wildfires and winter storms are getting worse and more frequent. We understand that these disasters have a very real impact on Canadian communities.”

Provinces and territories, municipalities and First Nations have until July 31 to submit expressions of interest.

Projects must have a minimum cost of $20 million.

Sohi said a project like the Alberta government’s proposed Springbank dry dam could be eligible for money under the fund. However, the province has already made a funding request to Ottawa under a different program.

Christine Arthurs, the City of Calgary’s director of resilience and infrastructure, said the city will have a list of proposals ready for submission by the initial deadline.

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Source:: Calgaryherald.com

      

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Liberals target $2 billion over 10 years to mitigate disasters linked to climate change

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