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Grants in Gear eco-funding boosts four Canadian projects

The Automotive Recyclers of Canada (ARC) and Summerhill Impact have announced the four winners of Grants in Gear, a program that funds environmental projects.

The Automotive Recyclers of Canada (ARC) and Summerhill Impact have announced the four winners of Grants in Gear, a program that funds environmental projects.

The winners are located throughout British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario, and each will receive up to $25,000 to help further their environmental projects.

Fraser Basin Council plans to deliver the “E3 Fleet: Gear Up!” project to provide customized solutions to reduce fleet emissions and improve the environmental and economic performance of ten fleets throughout Canada.

Recycling Council of Alberta plans to develop an offset quantification protocol to apply to the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the diversion of waste through recycling.

Plug’n Drive (in partnership with WWF-Canada and the Canadian Condominium Institute – Toronto Chapter) plans to identify and address the technical, legislative and logistical issues that prevent the installation of electric vehicle charging stations in condominiums.

Automotive Recyclers Environmental Association (AREA) plans to establish an infrastructure to responsibly manage and recycle end-of-life vehicles from a remote northern community in British Columbia. AREA also won the Green Recycled Parts Impact Award, for which they will receive an additional $5,000 that will be used to expand their program to additional remote locations and engage First Nations Communities.

A five-member jury used a scoring matrix to evaluate each application’s potential to achieve their stated environmental results, as well as to deliver against their work plan and budget.

“The review committee evaluated more than 30 applications and it was hard to choose just four winners”, states Ed MacDonald, President of the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) and owner of Maritime Auto Parts. “We were impressed by the innovative ideas brought forth by Canadian NGO and entrepreneurial groups and look forward to witnessing the positive environmental changes made possible by Grants in Gear funding.”


ARC represents 420 vehicle recyclers and dismantlers from across Canada whose businesses achieve great results for the environment in areas of waste diversion, energy savings, emissions reductions and pollution prevention. ARC started the Grants in Gear program to recognize its members, and to give back to like-minded organizations that are focused on similar priorities – local, sustainable, and striving to improve Canadian society.

ARC members collectively recycle an average of 400,000 vehicles each year, which are all processed according to the Canadian Auto Recyclers’ Environmental Code ( As the national voice of the automotive recycling industry, ARC provides a forum for channelling information and addressing Canada-wide concerns. For more information visit

Summerhill Impact is a not-for-profit organization focused on creating and facilitating public engagement programs related to positive environmental and health impacts. for more information.