Community Buildings Retrofit initiative launches with $167-MIL federal investment
By Anthony Capkun
April 14, 2021 – The Federation of Canadian Municipalities and NRCan launched the Community Buildings Retrofit initiative to help communities—regardless of size—“overcome the barriers of limited budgets and expertise” when undertaking GHG-reduction projects.
Funded by a $167-million federal investment in FCM’s Green Municipal Fund, the initiative supports Canadian municipalities and not-for-profit organizations when undertaking retrofits and other upgrades to lower emissions by improving energy performance, lowering operating costs and extending the life of community assets.
Examples of such buildings include arenas, pools, libraries, and recreation and cultural centres.
The Community Buildings Retrofit initiative will provide grants and loans to fund a portion of each project, and expects to disburse the full funding over the next six years.
FCM says it will fund “the most innovative projects identified through their peer and staff review” of proposals received through the open call, and expects to see the first capital projects approved before the end of 2021/22.
This new initiative is part of a $950-million federal investment in the Green Municipal Fund designed to scale-up energy efficiency and lower emissions across Canada, reports NRCan.
Application Guide (PDF): Community Buildings Retrofit Application GUIDE