FCM and the Government of Canada support studies to enhance efficiency and performance for municipally owned-buildings across Ontario

News release

May 29, 2023                        Toronto, Ontario                     Natural Resources Canada

Today, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources, and Scott Pearce, President of the FCM, announced over $900,000 through the Green Municipal Fund’s Community Buildings Retrofit initiative for six feasibility studies. These investments will help cities and towns across Ontario find the best approach to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions at municipally owned buildings.

The City of Sault Ste. Marie receives $200,000 to explore deep energy retrofitting of six of its buildings including the John Rhodes Community Centre, East End Wastewater Treatment Plant, Essar Centre, Public Works Centre, Fire Hall 4, and the Transit Administration/Garage.

The Town of Caledon receives $200,000 to identify methods to reduce energy and emissions for eight of its facilities including a recycling facility, two community centres, two fire stations, and the town hall. The study will explore low-carbon building renewal opportunities such as equipment replacement, fuel switching, lighting upgrades and renewable energy.

The City of Barrie receives $200,000 to study greenhouse gas emission reduction measures for eight municipal facilities, which account for 60 percent of the city’s building-related emissions. The study will consider unique aspects of each building, the potential for renewable energy, replacing equipment, and capital planning to identify optimal reduction pathways.

The Town of Carleton Place receives $126,400 to study the feasibility of achieving net-zero emissions at six municipal buildings including community centres, the town hall and emergency services buildings.

The City of Orillia receives $98,360 to look at reducing greenhouse gas emissions at five municipally owned buildings : City Centre, the public library, Fire Hall 2, Rotary Place and the wastewater treatment centre. The study will examine innovative technologies new to the city such as geothermal heat pumps and ice plant heat recovery.

The Town of Essex receives $84,070 to study achieving net zero at the Essex Recreation Complex, Essex Centre Sports Complex, and Harrow Arena by examining measures including installing geothermal heat pumps, converting remaining natural gas heating to electric heating, and adding heat recovery to the refrigeration plants at each facility.

The Community Buildings Retrofit initiative is part of a $950 million federal investment in FCM’s Green Municipal Fund (GMF) and is designed to scale up energy efficiency and lower emissions across Canada.

GMF, which is administered by FCM and funded through an endowment by the Government of Canada, helps local partners switch to sustainable practices more quickly by giving them the tools they need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build sustainable, prosperous communities. By taking action to adapt to climate change, we can build communities and economies that are able to thrive for generations to come.


“With 18 percent of Canada's GHG emissions coming from our buildings, making new and existing builds more energy-efficient while simultaneously investing in clean infrastructure will be a crucial part of achieving our climate targets. The Government of Canada is pleased to help municipalities across Ontario identify and capitalize on opportunities to lower emissions, increase energy efficiency and switch to sustainable practices.”

The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources

“By investing in energy-efficient housing, we are building healthy and sustainable communities. Canada’s ongoing transition to a net-zero economy requires innovative housing solutions that create jobs and build climate resilience while making life more affordable through energy savings. Projects and initiatives like the Green Municipal Fund’s Sustainable Affordable Housing initiative are helping us get there.

The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

“Whether big or small, communities are at the heart of climate action. The building sector is the third-largest source of emissions in Canada, which is why it is so important that communities in Ontario and across the country find green solutions which apply to it. Together, we can improve our community infrastructure, accelerate the path to net zero and meet Canada’s climate change goals."

Scott Pearce, FCM President

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