Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, accompanied by Mayor Valérie Plante, announced today a $50,000,000 federal investment into the giant new Montreal park, the Grand Parc de l’Ouest.
This massive project is set to consolidate the West Island’s biggest parks. The park will be the largest urban greenspace in Canada and one of the biggest parks in the world, eight times larger than New York City’s Central Park.
According to a report from the Montreal Gazette, environmental groups have praised Mayor Plante for halting development and preserving the park to maintain and protect its diverse habitats.
The federal funds will come from the $2-billion Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund. This funding exists to help Canadian communities deal with damages caused by climate change and extreme weather events.
The Grand Parc de l’Ouest will be located in a lowland area of Montreal, where flooding is a frequent occurrence during the spring thaw.
The investment will enable the city “to protect and enhance several irreplaceable wetlands, in addition to upgrading stormwater outfalls in order to better protect neighbouring communities against spring floods,” as per the official statement from the office of the Prime Minister.
Prime Minister Trudeau met today with Mayor Plante, accompanied by Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, François-Philippe Champagne.
Mayor Plante says that “the Ville de Montréal is taking up its responsibilities in the fight against climate change and in the preservation of ecosystems and biodiversity. We are implementing sustainable solutions and welcome the government’s willingness to adapt its programs to the needs of municipalities in the context of climate change.”