By Anthony Capkun
May 17, 2021 – The Government of Canada has launched a Call for Proposals for a $10-million commitment to recruit, train and mentor up to 2000 new energy advisors across the country to support the Canada Greener Homes Grant.
The grant program aims to provide as many as 700,000 grants of up to $5000 each to help homeowners make energy-efficient improvements to their homes, supported by an EnerGuide evaluation. The home evaluation will give homeowners a better understanding of how their home uses energy now, and identify retrofits to help improve energy efficiency.
The energy advisor recruitment, training and mentorship campaign will provide a total of $10 million in funding over 5 years “to support innovative projects”. Ottawa is looking for “new ideas and experienced partners to”:
• Support increased demand for EnerGuide evaluations in all regions of Canada.
• Increase the diversity of the energy advisor workforce.
The Call for Proposals underscores the need for diversity and inclusion by specifically targeting under-represented groups.
The new energy advisors will help meet demand for, and provide access to, timely EnerGuide evaluations for all Canadians, regardless of location, says NRCan.
Eligible applicants are:
• Provincial, territorial, regional and municipal governments, and their departments and agencies where applicable.
• Indigenous governments or organizations (e.g., band councils, land claim organizations).
• Legal entities validly incorporated or registered in Canada, including for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, such as electricity and gas utilities, as well as voluntary organizations and foundations.
All applicants must have:
• knowledge of the EnerGuide Rating System, including the role that energy advisors play
• the governance structure, staff, and networks to allow for successful completion of the project
Proposals must be received by July 8, 2021, and Natural Resources Canada will schedule webinars with potential applicants to answer any questions and provide additional support. Canadians with limited internet access can contact the dedicated call centre line at 833-674-8282.