The Canadian government has earmarked more than $280,000 to help a First Nation daycare in Nanaimo update its heating and ventilation system.
Infrastructure Canada is investing $281,460 to retrofit the HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) unit at the Snuneymuxw Daycare, which provides child care and social services to members of the Snuneymuxw First Nation.
The upgrades will help improve air quality for the building, while also reducing missions, energy consumption and operating costs for the school.
“Indigenous peoples have been stewards of the earth since time immemorial. Investments in projects that champion sustainability support our shared vision of a greener tomorrow,” said MP Parm Bains, on behalf of Sean Fraser, Federal Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities, in a release on Sept. 1.
The new HVAC unit is expected to reduce the facility’s energy consumption by about 24 per cent per year, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 0.34 tonnes annually.
Funding for the project comes from the federal government’s Green and Inclusive Community Buildings (GICB) program.
The GICB program is intended to reduce pollution and increase affordability for Canadians, particularly those in underserved communities.