Government of Canada Invests in Energy-Efficient Building Infrastructure

News release

October 9, 2018                        Montreal                       Natural Resources Canada

Energy efficiency cannot be seen at a glance, but we feel its benefits in our homes, neighbourhoods, environment, economy and wallets. Federal investments in innovative energy-efficient projects drive economic growth, contribute to our clean energy future and create quality jobs for Canadians.

The Honourable Marc Garneau, Canada’s Minister of Transport, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, today announced a $1-million investment to help Lemay, a Montreal-based architectural firm, convert an abandoned industrial building into an energy-efficient office building.

The project will result in a net-zero annual energy balance through the integration of renewable energy, energy storage and advanced control technologies that ensure optimal operation of the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and electric lighting systems.

Energy efficiency is the quickest, cleanest and most cost-effective way for Canada to meet its international climate change commitments and our future energy needs.

Buildings and homes contribute approximately 17 percent of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions. As part of Canada’s commitment to transition to a low-carbon economy, the Government is working with provinces, territories and industry on energy code development, data sharing, research and development, and market transformation strategies for the building sector.

This initiative builds on the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change (PCF) and Canada’s Buildings Strategy, developed in partnership with the provinces and territories and through broad consultations with Canadians, key experts and industry stakeholders. Over one-third of estimated greenhouse gas emissions reductions in the PCF are from energy-efficiency measures.

Through Canada’s national energy dialogue, Generation Energy, Canadians made it clear that clean energy solutions are not a luxury but a necessity for Canada’s low-carbon future. Canada will continue to support clean energy projects that create jobs, support investment and industry competitiveness, advance our clean future and help realize our global climate change goals.


“The Government of Canada continues to undertake initiatives that will help transform Canada’s buildings to be more energy-efficient — reducing greenhouse gas emissions and our energy bills. Working with our partners on initiatives like this will help grow the economy, create jobs and enable Canada to achieve its climate change goals.”

The Honourable Marc Garneau,
Minister of Transport

“Lemay wanted the Phenix project to prove that net-zero real estate projects, even on a standard budget, are eminently doable. The firm also wished to serve as an inspiration to other major renovation and construction projects in surpassing the net-zero carbon footprint for positive community change.”

Louis T. Lemay, Architect, FRAIC, President and Excellence Facilitator at Lemay

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Vanessa Adams
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Natural Resources

Media Relations
Natural Resources Canada

Nathalie Grandoit
Senior Advisor, Communications and Outreach
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