August 4, 2021

Ottawa – In communities across the country, Canadians are experiencing the impacts of climate change. By investing in initiatives that lower emissions and increase the resiliency of communities, we are creating jobs and building Canada’s low-emission energy future.

The Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources and Joanne Vanderheyden, President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), today announced an investment of $1.8 million through FCM’s Green Municipal Fund (GMF) to help reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and drive cost savings in communities in Ontario.

Municipalities across the province will receive up to $175,000 to design or conduct feasibility studies on implementing home energy efficiency retrofit financing programs in their communities.

  • The City of Peterborough will receive $175,000 to design a more equitable energy efficiency program in Peterborough.
  • The City of Windsor will receive $175,000 for a feasibility study on designing a residential deep energy efficiency retrofit (R-DEER) financing program.
  • The City of Brampton will receive $175,000 for a feasibility study on the Peel residential energy program (PREP).
  • Clean Air Partnership will receive $175,000 for a feasibility study to develop locally-tailored home energy retrofit financing programs in partnership with the County of Dufferin, the City of London, the City of Barrie and the Town of Huntsville.
  • Clean Air Partnership will receive $175,000 for a feasibility study conducted in partnership with the Municipality of Clarington, the City of Kawartha Lakes and Tay Valley Township to develop locally-tailored home energy retrofit financing programs.
  • Reep Green Solutions will receive $175,000 to complete a residential energy retrofit loan program design study in collaboration with the Region of Waterloo.
  • The City of Greater Sudbury will receive $170,000 for a study comparing home-retrofit financing models for Greater Sudbury.
  • The Town of Newmarket will receive $133,700 for a feasibility study on the Newmarket energy efficiency retrofit (NEER) business implementation plan.
  • The City of Thunder Bay will receive $116,800 for a community efficiency financing feasibility study.
  • The City of Burlington will receive $100,000 for a feasibility study on a home energy efficiency retrofit program.
  • The Municipality of Leamington and Essex Energy Corporation will receive $91,200 for a study examining utility on-bill financing for home renewable energy projects in Essex County.
  • The Town of Cobourg will receive $71,500 for a community efficiency financing feasibility study.
  • Oakville Enterprises Corporation will receive $70,000 to complete a feasibility study on a home energy retrofit financing program, in partnership with the Town of Oakville.

GMF’s Community Efficiency Financing initiative helps communities of all sizes implement innovative local financing programs that directly help homeowners cut their GHG emissions, make their homes more energy-efficient, comfortable and affordable, and create local jobs to keep the local economy moving.

These initiatives highlight some of the ways GMF continues to build on its 20-year record of supporting transformative environmental initiatives at the community level. The Government of Canada has invested $1.65 billion in GMF since its inception, enabling municipalities to support projects like this that leverage local resources to drive innovative solutions.


“Canadians want new ways to make their homes energy efficient and affordable. FCM’s Green Municipal Fund can enable more local action, right in their homes, and  help achieve Canada’s climate change goals. GMF is empowering municipalities, big and small, to get results on the ground. Today’s announcement helps communities build better lives for Canadians with more energy-efficient homes.”

– Joanne Vanderheyden, President, Federation of Canadian Municipalities

“Improvements in energy efficiency are our ‘hidden fuel’ – they help us exceed our climate goals. These local green solutions create jobs, lower emissions and build a more prosperous and sustainable economy for everyone. This is how we get to net-zero by 2050.”

– The Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources

Cities are key partners in pioneering practical climate solutions. Through the Green Municipal Fund, we’re supporting municipalities in their efforts to lower emissions through projects like energy-efficient retrofits, electric and hybrid-electric transit pilots and efficiencies in wastewater treatment. By working together, we can create good jobs and grow the economy, protect the environment and build cleaner, more inclusive communities.”

– The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

Associated links

Green Municipal Fund
Community Efficiency Financing initiative
Investing in Canada: Canada's Long-Term Infrastructure Plan
Investing in Canada plan project map


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