The Saskatchewan government has opened up funding applications for municipalities to clean up abandoned, environmentally impacted sites through the province’s Impacted Sites Fund.
The fund provides financial support to municipal governments to clean up these sites so they can be used for future economic or social development opportunities. An abandoned, environmentally impacted site is an area, such as a former gas station or laundromat, that has been contaminated.
The program will be funded on an ongoing basis through fines issued and collected under The Environmental Management and Protection Act, 2010. To date, there is approximately $178,000 available in the fund.
The Ministry of Environment will assess and rank the applications according to environmental, social, and economic factors. First priority will be given to sites that pose the greatest risk to human or ecological health.