March 11, 2021

The BC Non-Profit Housing Association (BCNPHA) is the newest partner to join the Community Housing Transformation Centre (the Centre) in the Regional Energy Coaches (RECs) pilot project, led by FCM’s Sustainable Affordable Housing (SAH) initiative.

Aging housing stock, rising energy costs, and increasing demand for affordable housing have posed unique challenges to Canadians working to build better lives. The RECs fill this gap by helping affordable housing providers plan and initiate energy efficiency retrofits and new builds, with project planning and technical support, walk-through audits, and coaching to identify and evaluate project feasibility.  

BCNPHA, an organization that has been empowering BC’s non-profit housing sector through advocacy, education, and support for nearly 30 years, is a key partner in the REC initiative. BCNPHA was instrumental in advising the development of the SAH offer, and provided key insights while developing capacity building initiatives, such as the RECs pilot project. Serving more than 600 members, including non-profit housing societies, businesses, individuals, partners, and stakeholders, with education and professional development opportunities, research and advocacy, and asset management services, the association’s members support and manage more than 65,000 units of long-term, affordable housing in over 2,500 buildings across British Columbia.

This pilot project is funded by the Centre’s Sectoral Transformation Fund and FCM’s SAH initiative. The Centre was created through Canada’s National Housing Strategy, and is funded by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and the Government of Canada, while SAH is funded through an endowment from the Government of Canada. 

Want to learn more?

BCNPHA will be hosting a free webinar, FCM’s Sustainable Affordable Housing Initiative: Getting Set for a Successful Funding Application, on Thursday, March 18, 2021, from 11 AM to 12 noon PST / 2 PM to 3 PM EST.  Anyone interested in energy efficiency retrofits and new sustainable affordable housing developments are encouraged to attend. Speakers include Jen Arntfield and Benjamin Koczwarski from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

If you would like more information about this webinar or their programs, please contact the BCNPHA at admin@bcnpha.ca.

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