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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Federal Government has announced over $11.5 million in funding for two green and net-zero energy projects.

One of the projects to receive funding include the new Fort St. John RCMP detachment, with the other being an RCMP detachment in North Cowichan.

$11.5 million will be going to the City, with $11,000 going to North Cowichan for a feasibility study.

Through the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, this funding will ensure that the new detachment will be built to net-zero energy standards.

For maximum energy efficiency and operational cost savings, the new detachment will control heat loss and gain, minimize electricity consumption, and use energy-efficient mechanical heating-venting-cooling systems.

Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman says the new detachment is being built with the community in mind and will provide safety for all residents.

“This building is being built with the community in mind, and we’re building it with the first nations, with our neighbours, as we look for artwork for the lobby and we consider that we come together as a community to provide that safety for our community.”

The $51.4 million project is expected to be completed by January 2022.

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