TORONTO, April 16, 2021 /CNW/ - Canadians want cleaner air and cleaner water for their children and grandchildren. That's why the Government of Canada's strengthened climate plan is helping Canadians cut pollution in their communities, while saving on energy costs and creating good jobs across the
A rare honour for civilians to receive the Operational Service Medal 52 recipients received medals in a ceremony on board m/v Asterix Cmdre Rich Feltham, Commander Canadian Fleet Atlantic, presented the medals Crew's exceptional support to Canada during Operation PROJECTION recognized HALIFAX,
The $25 billion Canadian Pacific Railway deal and indirect gains from Biden administration's COVID relief bill indicate further integration of both economies. Canada's economy expected to grow by 6.5 per cent in 2021, though slow vaccination rate limits full economic potential. Labour market strug
Schneider Electric Earns 2021 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year for Sustained Excellence Award
Company is recognized by U.S. EPA as a leader in climate change mitigation and energy efficiency for fourth year Award builds on Schneider Electric's global leadership in energy management and sustainability MISSISSAUGA, ON, April 16, 2021 /CNW/ - Schneider Electric, the global leader in energy management, automation, and sustainability, today announced that it has received the 2021 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. This is the fourth year that the company has been recognized, and the third year in a row. The Sustained Excellence award is the highest honour bestowed by the ENERGY STAR program. Winners are part of a distinguished group that has made a long-term commitment to fighting climate change and protecting public health through energy efficiency. They are among the nation's leaders in driving value for the environment, the economy, and the American people. "We are proud to be recognized for the fourth time by ENERGY STAR for our work to drive sustained resource management and efficiency in the corporate sector," said Steve Wilhite, SVP of Schneider's Energy and Sustainability Services division. "It is urgent that business take a leading role in addressing the climate crisis through accelerated emissions reduction and innovation adoption, and it is our honor to work with business as their partner in this journey." Schneider Electric was recognized earlier this year by Corporate Knights as the world's most sustainable corporation. The company's own leading commitments to sustainability and efficiency are complemented by it's ability to partner with other corporations to develop a combined sustainability strategy and execution plan. Schneider Electric manages more than 128 million metric tons of carbon dioxide on behalf of it's customers, annually, and has advised its corporate clients on the purchase of more than 9,000 megawatts of renewable energy globally. "ENERGY STAR award-winning partners are showing the world that delivering real climate solutions makes good business sense and promotes job growth," said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan. "Many of them have been doing it for years, inspiring all of us who are committed to tackling the climate crisis and leading the way to a clean energy economy." ENERGY STAR winners are selected from a network of thousands of partners. For a complete list of 2021 winners and more information about ENERGY STAR'S awards program, visit About Schneider Electric Schneider's purpose is to empower all to make the most of our energy and resources, bridging progress and sustainability for all. We call this Life Is On. Our mission is to be your digital partner for Sustainability and Efficiency. We drive digital transformation by integrating world-leading process and energy technologies, end-point to cloud connecting products, controls, software and services, across the entire lifecycle, enabling integrated company management, for homes, buildings, data centers, infrastructure and industries. We are the most local of global companies. We are advocates of open standards and partnership ecosystems that are passionate about our shared Meaningful Purpose, Inclusive and Empowered values.   About ENERGY STAR ENERGY STAR® is the U.S. government-backed symbol for energy efficiency, providing simple, credible, and unbiased information that consumers and businesses rely on to make well-informed decisions. Thousands of industrial, commercial, utility, state, and local organizations—including more than 40 percent of the Fortune 500®—rely on their partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to deliver cost-saving energy efficiency solutions. Since 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners helped American families and businesses avoid more than $450 billion in energy costs and achieve 4 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas reductions. More background information about ENERGY STAR can be found at: Follow us on: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram, Blog Hashtags:  #ENERGYSTARawards #LifeisOn SOURCE Schneider Electric Canada Inc.
KENORA, ON, April 16, 2021 /CNW/ - Every Canadian deserves a safe and affordable place to call home. The COVID-19 crisis has made it clear that affordable housing is key to Canada's recovery as communities across the country, including those in Kenora, are dealing with the devastating impacts of
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Canada Supports Rapid Housing Projects for First Nations in Nova Scotia
CAPE BRETON, NS, April 16, 2021 /CNW/ - Every Canadian deserves a safe and affordable place to call home. The COVID-19 crisis has made it clear that affordable housing is key to Canada's recovery as communities across the country, including those in Nova Scotia, are dealing with the devastating impacts of rising levels of homelessness and housing need. Today, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), Mike Kelloway, Member of Parliament for Cape Breton—Canso, and Annie Daisley, Chief of the We'koqma'q First Nation, announced details of over $3.16 million in funding through the Projects Stream of the Rapid Housing Initiative (RHI) for the immediate construction of 24 units of affordable housing for two First Nations communities in Nova Scotia. $1.02 million will go towards rapidly building 12 new homes in the Paqtnkek Mi'kmaw Nation and over $2.14 million will ensure the creation of the same number of new homes in the We'koqma'q First Nation. Delivered by CMHC, under the National Housing Strategy (NHS), RHI provides capital contributions to develop new, permanent affordable housing by covering costs associated with modular multi-unit rental construction; conversion of non-residential to affordable multi-residential homes; and, rehabilitation of buildings in disrepair and/or abandoned to affordable multi-residential homes. Investments made under the RHI are expected to support thousands of construction-related jobs for Canadians from coast to coast to coast. Quotes: "Our Government is taking steps, right now, to ensure that every Canadian has a safe and affordable place to call home. Our investments will go a long way to effectively support those who need it most by quickly providing new affordable housing units to vulnerable individuals and families, while addressing the unique barriers faced by communities such as First Nations in Nova Scotia. This is the National Housing Strategy at work." – The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation "I'm pleased to see Waycohbah and Paqtnkek receive funding for housing projects that will have long-term benefits for their communities. Addressing the severe housing needs in Cape Breton and North Eastern Nova Scotia has been top-of-mind for me. The National Housing Strategy is a great tool that works towards ensuring more affordable housing for Indigenous peoples. This funding will provide immediate support to create safe and stable housing for First Nations in Nova Scotia while assisting those most vulnerable." – Mike Kelloway, Member of Paliament for Cape Breton—Canso "On the behalf of Paqtnkek Mi'kmaw Nation, we are grateful and excited to receive the funding for 12 new module homes. I know housing is not just a problem here in Paqtnkek but across First Nation communities in Canada, this is a great step moving forward. This will be great for single people or single parents because they often get over looked on getting homes which normally go to the bigger families who are in need. So with this rapid housing Strategy it will be a great start on putting a dent in our housing problem. I would like to thank the Government of Canada and CMHC." – Chief Tima Francis, Paqtnkek Mi'kmaw Nation "I would like to thank CMHC and everybody involved for helping address the serious First Nation housing crisis that's happening not only in my community, but all over Canada. Although we realize it's not a permanent fix, we realize this housing initiative will impact so many families with a magnitude that we don't even fully realize yet. On behalf of the community of We'koqma'q, I want to say wela'lioq – thank you." – Chief Annie Daisley, We'koqma'q First Nation Quick facts: Under the RHI Projects Stream $500 million was available through an application-based process, which closed on December 31, 2020. Funding was available to Provinces, Territories, and Municipalities, Indigenous governing bodies and organizations, and non-profit organizations.Nationally, at 4,700 units, the RHI has exceeded its initial target of 3000 permanent affordable housing units thanks to the support of the provincial, territorial and municipal governments as well as Indigenous governing bodies.The RHI has received significant interest from Indigenous groups, which resulted in nearly 40% of all units created under the program to be targeted to Indigenous peoples. The RHI takes a human rights-based approach to housing, serving people experiencing or at risk of homelessness and others who are among the most vulnerable, including: women and children fleeing domestic violence, seniors, young adults, Indigenous peoples, people with disabilities, people dealing with mental health and addiction issues, veterans, LGBTQ2+, racialized groups, Black Canadians, and recent immigrants or refugees. Canada's National Housing Strategy (NHS) is a 10-year $70+ billion plan that will give more Canadians a place to call home—this includes more than $13 billion committed through the 2020 Fall Economic Statement.Associated links: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan Rapid Housing Initiative  National Housing StrategyAs Canada's authority on housing, CMHC contributes to the stability of the housing market and financial system, provides support for Canadians in housing need, and offers unbiased housing research and advice to all levels of Canadian government, consumers and the housing industry. CMHC's aim is that by 2030, everyone in Canada has a home they can afford, and that meets their needs. For more information, follow us on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and Facebook. SOURCE Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation