This award recognizes achievements contributing to climate change mitigation through deep energy efficiency retrofit projects in affordable residential buildings. Winning initiatives must exhibit GHG reductions and energy savings. Projects must also demonstrate improvements in housing affordability, building quality, water conservation, as well as an increase in comfort, health, and quality of life of residents/tenants. Plans, capital projects, strategies, and studies working towards the removal of GHG emissions from affordable residential buildings will all be considered.

Examples of eligible initiatives include:  

  • Affordable housing retrofits projects that aim for energy savings of 25+ percent through deep energy retrofits
  • Projects that demonstrate improvement in housing affordability and/or address energy poverty
  • Projects that include comprehensive resident education programs and that aim to reduce GHG emissions 
  • Projects that include innovative stakeholder engagement approaches when undertaking complex retrofits
  • Projects that use innovative approaches such as Energiesprongor passive house 

Who can apply? 

1. Non-profit, mission-driven affordable housing providers, including co-operatives       
2. All Canadian municipal governments
3. Their project partners, which includes:

  • Private sector entities
  • Indigenous communities 
  • Municipally owned corporations
  • A regional, provincial or territorial organization delivering municipal services
  • Non-governmental organizations and not-for-profit organizations
  • Research institutes (e.g., universities)

Check out this Sustainable Affordable Housing video, where Bryan Purcell, Vice-President of Policy and Programs at the Atmospheric Fund explains how 1,500 Toronto residents benefit from this retrofit initiative.  

How to apply

Complete and submit the application form.

The deadline to submit an application for a 2022 Sustainable Community Award is March 31, 2022. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Meet the judges

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