City of Whitehorse

City of Whitehorse

Government of Canada

Government of Canada

June 15, 2010 17:46 ET

Canada Games Centre Increases Energy Efficiency With New Waste Heat Recovery System

WHITEHORSE, YUKON--(Marketwire - June 15, 2010) - The City of Whitehorse has partnered with the Government of Canada and Yukon government on a joint investment in an expanded waste heat recovery system at the Whitehorse Canada Games Centre.

The Waste Heat Recovery Project will expand the existing system and conserve the Canada Games Centre's use of electricity and diesel fuel while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. As part of the design of the project, the Canada Games Centre will be able to realize significant energy savings by using waste heat produced by the Centre's ice plants to provide heat for the general building as well as the pool area.

"This investment is an example of the concrete steps the Government of Canada is taking to improve community infrastructure in the North. By using innovative technology, this project will help protect the environment and save energy, providing long-term benefits for the City of Whitehorse," said the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister responsible for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor of Métis and Non-Status Indians

"Yukon government is committed to assisting Yukon to adapt effectively to climate change," Community Services Minister Archie Lang said. "We are pleased that our partnership with Canada and the City of Whitehorse has allowed energy efficiency improvements to this excellent facility."

The project's funding includes contributions of $160,000 each from the Government of Yukon and the Government of Canada under the Canada-Yukon Municipal Rural Infrastructure Program, combined with a Gas Tax Fund contribution of $80,000 from the Government of Canada, and an $80,000 contribution from the City of Whitehorse.

"Thanks to the Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund and the federal Gas Tax program the City has the opportunity to expand on its heat recovery initiatives at the Canada Games Centre," said Buckway. "We'd like to thank Canada and Yukon for giving the City the chance to further reduce our need to use fossil fuels and reach our sustainability goals."

Over the span of the Yukon-Canada Municipal-Rural Infrastructure Fund agreeement, the governments of Canada and Yukon will each invest over $25 million in various community infrastructure projects. The federal portion of MRIF is delivered in the Yukon through CanNor.

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Chuck Strahl
    Michelle Yao
    Press Secretary
    Government of Yukon
    Communications Analyst
    Arlene Yeulet
    Matthew Grant
    Executive Assistant to the City Manager
    Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
    Bonnie Venton Ross
    Communications Advisor