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Canadian Task Force for a Resilient Recovery urges building retrofits

The task force made six recommendations requiring a $27.3B federal investment related to improving the efficiency of the country's building stock.

July 22, 2020  By Energy Manager Canada


An independent panel of experts making up the Canadian Task Force for a Resilient Recovery have released a preliminary report that includes “5 Bold Moves for a Resilient Recovery”, the first of which is a proposed $27.3B federal investment in climate-resilient and energy-efficient buildings. The building retrofit package serves as the keystone of a proposed total $49.9B clean economic recovery package.

The task force made six recommendations related to improving the efficiency of the country’s building stock:

  1. Expand public-private financing facilities for building retrofits using a $13B public investment to leverage $35B in private capital through de-risking and co-investment strategies.
  2. Spend $10B on expanding existing provincial and municipal building retrofit programs.
  3. Invest $1.25B in workforce development for energy efficiency and climate resiliency.
  4. Use $2B to select diverse large-scale demonstration projects through a competitive process, and apply innovative techniques to significantly reduce the cost, time and customer disruption of deep energy retrofits.
  5. Introduce new national model building code incorporating net-zero and resiliency measures in the next year, while also providing incentives for provincial uptake; and invest $2 million to integrate a ‘ResiliGuide’ rating to measure the climate resilience of buildings.
  6. Create an Indigenous Infrastructure Fund (a rotating $1B-per-year non-lapsing fund) to bolster investment in sustainable infrastructure in Indigenous communities across Canada

The other recommended “Bold Moves” include:

  • Jumpstart Canada’s production and adoption of zero-emission vehicles.
  • Go big on growing Canada’s clean energy sectors.
  • Invest in the nature that protects and sustains us.
  • Grow clean competitiveness and jobs across the Canadian economy.

This is the preliminary report from the Task Force, and a final report and supporting materials are expected to be released in September.
Task Force for a Resilient Recovery Preliminary Report


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