Federal government announces new grants to invest in energy retrofit of Saint John's City Market

The federal government has announced more than $2.8 million in new grants, which it says will go towards helping the City of Saint John undertake a large-scale energy retrofit to the historic City Market.

The grants will be provided through the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' (FCM) federally-funded Municipalities for Climate Innovation program.

The work will aim to increase the building's life span and reduce its carbon footprint.

The project is expected to generate an 83 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and also reduce its annual energy and maintenance costs.

Saint John residents will also see a new multi-purpose sports, wellness, and recreation facility.

The grants will also be used for a major efficiency upgrade to the Bridgetown and District Memorial Arena in the Annapolis County in Nova Scotia.