Innovative financing tools have boosted local climate change and energy initiatives in many Canadian municipalities. Using alternatives to traditional mechanisms, these municipalities have found flexible ways to implement programs in a cost-effective and practical manner. In a recent webinar, PCP members heard about the City of Nelson's EcoSave energy retrofit program that encourages improvements to household energy efficiency. Other examples include the City of Yellowknife and the District of Saanich, and their approaches to establishing capital reserves and carbon funds as a dedicated revenue source for municipal energy initiatives. 

Watch this webinar recording to hear more about tips on financing your initiatives. Our panelists will share their insights and expertise on the subjects shown below.


  • Yuill Herbert, Director, Sustainability Solutions Group: Developing and financing actions or strategies to achieve community energy and emission plans (CEEPs); evaluating the economic and employment impacts of a CEEP.
  • Ryan Schmidt, Manager, Energy and Solid Waste, Township of Langley, BC: Designing voluntary green building programs and using building permit rebates to provide incentives for builders.
  • Gabriella Kalapos, Executive Director, Clean Air Partnership: Designing and implementing local improvement charge (LIC) programs; success factors for effective home energy programs; how to achieve more through collaboration (with other local governments and partner organizations).

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This resource is available through the Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program. PCP is managed and delivered by FCM and ICLEI—Local Governments for Sustainability Canada (ICLEI Canada) and receives financial support from the Government of Canada and ICLEI Canada.

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