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GRANTS CAN HELP GET YOUR RINK TO NET-ZERO. HERE’S HOW.

 

 

 

For community rinks and arenas, budgets are often tight, which can make the goal of getting to net-zero emissions seem unattainable. The good news? Whether it’s a new build, or you’re making retrofits, repairs and upgrades to an existing building, there are many federal, provincial and local hydro grants and incentives you can take advantage of to fund your net-zero projects, such as the Green and Inclusive Community Buildings (GICB) Program, a 5-year, $1.5 billion federal funding program by Infrastructure Canada, a department of the Government of Canada. 

 

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Start With A Net-Zero Audit

First things first: Understanding where and how you use energy in your building is key to developing a successful plan. Doing a net-zero audit not only helps identify the changes you need to make, but it also helps you set benchmarks to measure the impact of those changes.

 

 

 

FINDING THE RIGHT GRANT FOR YOUR FACILITY

 

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Get to know the grants and incentives available to fund your project with our easy cheat sheet.

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GREEN AND INCLUSIVE COMMUNITY BUILDINGS (GICB) PROGRAM

 

 

The GICB Program is a 5-year, $1.5 billion federal funding program by Infrastructure Canada, a department of the Government of Canada. The program supports green and accessible retrofits, repairs or upgrades of existing public community buildings, and the construction of new publicly-accessible community buildings that serve high needs, underserved communities across Canada. The main objective of the government program is to improve the availability and condition of community buildings, whilst advancing climate priorities through energy efficiency and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

There are two types of eligible projects:

 

1. Retrofits, repairs and upgrades to existing buildings

2. Construction of new buildings

 

200 x 180 template Check list

Who is eligible to apply?

 

  • Municipal or regional governments
  • Public sector bodies
  • Not-for-profit organizations
  • Provincial or territorial governments
  • Indigenous recipients

 

 

200 x 180 template (1) Requirements

What are the requirements?

 

  • Non-commercial community-oriented that provides open, available, and publicly-accessible community services Located in an area with underserved populations experiencing higher needs.
  • Project implemented no earlier than April 1st, 2021, and no later than March 31st, 2026 Must submit building information using RETScreen® Expert software.
  • Impacts of climate change have been assessed and considered for the project.

 

 

 

 

 

RETROFITS, REPAIRS AND UPGRADES TO EXISTING BUILDINGS

 

 

Eligible retrofits must include green retrofit measures, and measures that increase the overall accessibility and/or safety of the building. Green retrofit measures renovate, upgrade, and/or repair aspects of a physical building in a way that improves environmental outcomes.

Evaluation metrics:

  • Construction start date
  • Located in and demonstrates the ability to serve one or more communities with high needs
  • Increased accessibility
  • GHG reductions
  • Energy savings
  • Climate resiliency and best practices adoption
  • Confidence in delivery/risk

 

 

CONSTRUCTION OF NEW BUILDINGS

 

New construction projects will be required to be built to be net-zero-carbon-ready or be exempt from net-zero-carbon and net-zero-carbon-ready, and built to the highest standard.  

 

Evaluation metrics: 

  • Construction start date   

  • Located in and demonstrates the ability to serve one or more communities with high needs   

  • Increased accessibility   

  • Net-zero performance standard   

  • Climate resiliency and best practices adoption   

  • Confidence in delivery/risk  

 

HOW MUCH OF MY COSTS WILL THIS PROGRAM COVER?

 

Total Eligible Project Cost 

General program (up to % max from program) 

In the territories and for Indigenous communities (up to % max from program) 

Retrofits up to $9,999,999 

80% 

100% 

Retrofits costs $10,000,000+ 

60% 

100% 

New builds up to first $9,999,999 of costs 

60% 

100% 

New builds costs $10,000,000+ 

50% 

100% 

 

 

 

COMMUNITY BUILDINGS RETROFIT (CBR) PROGRAM

 

The CBR program is a $167 million initiative administered through FCM’s Green Municipal Fund. The program helps to optimize the energy performance and reduce greenhouse gas emissions of community buildings owned by municipalities and not-for-profit organizations. There are five available funding streams:  
 
 

  • Community Building Monitoring and Analysis Grant  

  • Community Building Recommissioning Grant  

  • GHG Reduction Pathway Feasibility Studies  

  • GHG Impact Retrofit Capital Projects  

  • GHG Reduction Pathway Retrofit Capital Projects 

 

 

Who is eligible to apply? 

 

  • Canadian municipal governments, with the exception of the Low Carbon Cities Canada (LC3) namesake municipalities, which are the cities of Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal, and the Halifax Regional Municipality 

  • Municipal partners  
     

  • Private-sector entities 
     

  • Indigenous communities 
     

  • Municipally-owned corporations  
     

  • Regional, provincial or territorial organizations delivering municipal services 
     

  • Non-governmental organizations  
     

  • Not-for-profit organizations  
     

  • Research institutes (e.g., universities)  
     

* Quebec municipalities are currently ineligible  

 

 

 

What types of buildings are eligible?  
 

CBR funding is available for projects that focus on community buildings. Community buildings are defined as an enclosed public place or enclosed workplace that is 

 

  • Owned by a municipal government or not-for-profit organization  

  • Primarily used to provide athletic, recreational, cultural and community programs or services to the local community  

  • Widely accessible to everyone, offering services that enhance the health and well-being, skills development, and economic development of individuals and communities  

 

 

Types of projects and requirements:  

 

1. Community Building Monitoring and Analysis Grant 
  

Community buildings that do not have a building monitoring and analysis system in place 

 

2. Community Building Recommissioning Grant 

 

Building owners identify problems and integration issues as well as low- or no-cost operational improvements to improve comfort for building users and save energy  
 

3. GHG Reduction Pathway Feasibility Studies 
 

Feasibility study must aim to reduce GHG emissions by at least 50% compared to current or baseline performance within 10 years, and by at least 80% within 20 years  
 

4. GHG Impact Retrofit Capital Projects 
 
Project must aim to reduce GHG emissions by at least 30% compared to current or baseline performance  
 

5. GHG Reduction Pathway Retrofit Capital Projects 
 
Capital project must be supported by a GHG reduction pathway feasibility study or equivalent, Application must include the phase(s)/measure(s) identified in the pathway that are sequenced to achieve near net-zero GHG emissions within 20 years 

 

 

 

HOW MUCH OF MY COSTS WILL THIS PROGRAM COVER?

 

 

Funding Stream

Available Funding

Community Building Monitoring and Analysis Grant

  • Grant up to 80% of eligible costs

  • Up to $25,000

Community Building Recommissioning Grant

  • Grant up to 60% of eligible costs

  • Up to $55,000

GHG Reduction Pathway Feasibility Studies

  • Grant up to 80% of eligible costs

  • Up to $65,000 for a single building, $200,000 for portfolio buildings

GHG Impact Retrofit Capital Projects

  • Combined grant and loan for up to 80% of eligible costs

  • Max of $5 million per project

GHG Reduction Pathway Retrofit Capital Projects

  • Combined grant and loan for up to 80% of eligible costs

  • Max of $5 million per project

 

 

 

 

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