September 14, 2020 – Loyalist Township is pleased to announce it has been selected as a winner of a 2020 Sustainable Communities Award for exceptional work in the Water category. The awards honour and celebrate the most innovative environmental initiatives in cities and communities across Canada.


Loyalist Township received the 2020 Sustainable Communities Award for the Amherstview Water Pollution Control Plant Constructed Wetland. A constructed wetland was incorporated into the Amherstview Water Pollution Control Plant in 2018. The system provides tertiary treatment to wastewater in a passive, net-zero energy manner and the plants act as a carbon sink.


Loyalist Township is one of the 11 municipalities from across the country chosen by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) for their outstanding efforts in one of nine categories: asset management, brownfields, climate change, energy, neighbourhoods, transportation, waste, water and a new category in honour of GMF’s 20th anniversary.


Winners will each deliver a live, TED-talk-style presentation on their projects at FCM’s virtual Sustainable Communities Conference – held on October 20-22, 2020. Recipients in each category are also eligible for the Inspire Award, given to the most creative and innovative project following the conference.


The announcement was made earlier today by FCM.


“Local solutions—scaled up—deliver major national impact, like economic growth and the emission reductions Canada needs to meet its climate change goals. Whether it is through improved energy efficiency, fewer greenhouse gas emissions or stronger local infrastructure, local governments get the job done efficiently and cost-effectively because they connect solutions to local needs and local realities. This year's FCM Sustainable Communities Award winners embody those principles of sustainability and collaboration. Moreover, they exemplify how municipal innovation can have concrete impacts and deliver for Canadians.” Bill Karsten, President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities


“Being a municipal leader in climate action and environmental stewardship is an objective that Loyalist Township Council has prioritized through the Strategic Plan. The constructed wetland at the Amherstview Water Pollution Control Plant is a great example of Loyalist Township’s commitment to pursue initiatives supporting sustainable environmental management,” said Loyalist Township Mayor, Ric Bresee.  “Loyalist Township is thankful for the support from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. We look forward to continuing on the path to sustainability with the support of our FCM partners,” Bresee added.


The Sustainable Communities Awards is an initiative of FCM’s Green Municipal Fund (GMF), a $1 billion program, delivered through the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and funded by the Government of Canada.

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 FCM’s Green Municipal Fund

Through Green Municipal Fund’s unique mix of training, resources and funding, municipalities have improved their air, water and soil quality, and tackled the impacts of climate change.

FCM’s Sustainable Communities Conference

The Sustainable Communities Conference will bring together world-leading experts and Canada’s most dedicated local practitioners for in-depth conversations and learning sessions, all with a mission to help cities and communities across the country be more sustainable for the people we serve.

FCM’s Sustainable Community Awards

Since 2001, FCM's Sustainable Communities Awards have celebrated the most innovative environmental initiatives in Canadian cities and communities of all sizes. 

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) unites more than 2,000 local governments representing more than 90 percent of Canadians in every province and territory.