The federal government is providing the City of Kitchener a grant of almost $95,000 to support the city's sustainable development goals.
It comes on the heels of the United Nations' fifth anniversary of the ratification of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the launch of the Decade of Action.
The goals are a call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030.
Kitchener is using the grant to frame governance, starting with the strategic plan and linking to other key plans and programs. The grant will help the city create innovative and accessible tools and specifically an interactive online dashboard so that the city's progress is clear to the public.
“The reality of climate change is that it will disproportionately impact the most vulnerable,” Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic said in a release. “The COVID-19 pandemic is also heavily impacting those same people. The SDG’s are a practical way for city’s like Kitchener to not only address challenges like climate change but to also focus on building a more equitable community for everyone. The goals have been a wonderful tool in focusing our attention on the areas where we can have the biggest impact. This is more important than ever as we plan our long-term response to the pandemic under historic financial pressures.”