Greening Government Fund

The Greening Government Fund has been established as part of the Government of Canada’s response to climate change. This initiative:

  • provides project funding to federal government departments and agencies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in their operations
  • promotes and shares innovative approaches to reducing GHGs

The fund targets projects that:

  • are anticipated to reduce GHG emissions in federal operations
  • test or implement innovative approaches
  • can be reproduced within or across departments
  • pursue solutions in areas where GHGs are difficult to reduce

Project funding comes from departments and agencies that generate more than 1 kilotonne of GHGs per year from air travel and from departments that are below this threshold and contribute voluntarily. Only departments and agencies that contribute to the fund are eligible to access it.

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Projects that were approved in 2021-22

Buyers for Climate Action (BCA)
Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
  • $1,332,000 over 3 years
  • Establish a coalition of large green buyers to accelerate green procurement and supplier disclosure in areas such as net zero and climate resilient buildings, low carbon construction materials, zero emission fleets, and green information and communications technology (ICT). The Greening Government Fund contribution supports the secretariat and projects such as the development of model specifications. Members represent large governments across Canada that have net-zero targets and are actively greening their procurement.
Distributed Electric Micro Grid
Department of National Defence
  • $530,000 over 3 years
  • Deploy an on-base microgrid with integrated battery storage and solar photovoltaic (PV) at Canadian Forces Base Greenwood.
High-Temperature Heat Pump Pre-Feasibility Tool for Building Retrofits
Natural Resources Canada
  • $1,950,000 over 3 years
  • Provide technology options, increase awareness, and accelerate adoption of leading-edge high-temperature heat pump solutions for hydronic space heating system decarbonization and retrofit projects in federal buildings.
Making Heritage Buildings More Airtight
Public Services and Procurement Canada
  • $1,284,870 over 3 years
  • Quantify the role air leakage plays in the energy performance of heritage buildings and develop the business case for standardized air leakage testing in heritage retrofit projects.
Mount Nansen Solar Project
Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada
  • $429,000 over 3 years
  • Install two solar array systems, one with a storage battery, at the Mount Nansen Mine Site, an off-grid abandoned mine under remediation in Central Yukon.
Net-Zero-Carbon Heritage Building Study
Department of National Defence
  • $300,000 over 2 years
  • Identify pathways to zero-carbon operation of the St. Thomas Armoury to serve as a template for future efforts to decarbonize the federal government’s heritage building stock.
Living Lab at the Central Experimental Farm
Natural Resources Canada
  • $200,000 over 2 years
  • Conduct a feasibility study for a retrofit of the heritage-recognized Dominion Observatory at the Central Experimental Farm and develop a technical guidance document that advances efforts to improve energy efficiency and climate resilience in heritage buildings across Canada.
Canadian Coast Guard Vessels Fleet Analysis for Zero-Emissions Fuels
Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Canadian Coast Guard
  • $246,955 over 1 year
  • Develop a feasibility study and a demonstration plan to assess four zero-emission fuels and propulsion technologies suitable for Canadian Coast Guard’s future fleet of vessels.
Canadian Low Emission Aircraft Platforms (LEAP)
National Research Council Canada & Defence Research and Development Canada
  • $775,000 over 3 years
  • Assess the feasibility of applying hybrid and/or hydrogen electric propulsion and energy technologies to the Royal Canadian Air Force National Safety and Security air fleet and the Transport Canada administrative air fleet.
Deploying Zero-Emission and Clean Fuel Powered Commercial and National Safety & Security Vehicles - From Assessment to Replication
Natural Resources Canada
  • $600,000 over 3 years
  • Identify, procure, deploy, and evaluate zero-emission and clean fuel powered vehicles for the light-duty National Safety and Security fleet segment.
Green Aviation INnovative Surfaces (GAINS)
National Research Council Canada & Defence Research and Development Canada
  • $750,000 over 3 years
  • Develop and deploy micro-structured surface coating technologies to enhance aircraft aerodynamics and reduce aircraft drag in National Safety and Security air fleets.
Measurement Canada Heavy-Duty Truck Fleet Replacement Proposal
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
  • $1,323,000 over 3 years
  • Transition Measurement Canada’s existing fleet of six diesel fueled heavy-duty trucks to 100% electric powered vehicles by 2025.
Hybrid 20 Foot Cube Truck and Electric Commercial Cargo Vans
Global Affairs Canada
  • $420,000 over 2 years
  • Procure a hybrid 20 foot cube truck and replace two gas cargo vans with two electric commercial cargo vans.
Interdepartmental Marine Fleet Low/Zero-Emission Initiative
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
  • $800,000 over 2 years
  • In partnership with DND, DFO, and Parks Canada, evaluate the performance of low/zero-emission engines in small government vessels (boats less than 15 meters in length) and identify vessel categories best suited for conversion to low/zero-emission alternatives.
Operational Data Analytics: A Demonstration of Benefits to Greening Government Marine Fleets
National Research Council Canada
  • $871,880 over 3 years
  • Develop a baseline of the current performance and operating conditions of select Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) vessels and develop a proof-of-concept fuel consumption prediction tool to allow for greener marine operations and decision making within the CCG fleet.
Driving the Government of Canada’s Information Technology Toward a Measurable, Low-Carbon, Circular Future
Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat & Shared Services Canada
  • $1,252,000 over 3 years
  • Reduce GHG emissions embedded in the Government of Canada’s information technology (IT) by:
    • instituting mandatory green requirements for the procurement of IT goods and services
    • piloting a circular approach to IT hardware procurement
    • requesting IT providers to disclose, report and benchmark environmental performance
From Landfill to Land Restoration - Composting in Waterton Lakes National Park
Parks Canada Agency
  • $550,000 over 1 year
  • Establish a composting system that diverts organic waste generated in Waterton Lakes National Park from the regional landfill. The compostable by-product will be used in grassland restoration projects around the park.

Projects that were approved in 2020‑21

Converting the HVAC system of an existing pig farming building to include heat recovery
Agriculture and Agri-food Canada
  • Amount: $30,000 over 1 year
  • Summary: This project conducted a feasibility study for retrofitting existing ventilation in the pork complex of the Sherbrooke Research and Development Centre with ventilators / heat recovery units which would be specially designed for agricultural ventilation. After completing the feasibility study, AAFC decided not to proceed with the implementation of the project at this time, but will reconsider it at a future date.
Mechanical composter to divert organic waste from landfills
Canada Revenue Agency & Global Affairs Canada
  • Amount: $521,500 over 3 years
  • Summary: This project will procure and install mechanical composters and shredders at the headquarters of the CRA and GAC to divert organic waste from landfills, reduce GHG emissions, and generate clean electricity.
Electric Shuttle Buses
Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Amount: $453,215 over 1 year
  • Summary: This project will replace the two gas shuttle buses providing the service for employees between Place Vincent Massey and Fontaine buildings in Gatineau, Quebec, with 100% electric shuttles.
Bedford Institute of Oceanography Seawater Heating (formerly Thermal Storage)
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Amount: $680,000 over 1 year
  • Summary: This project will install a seawater-sourced geothermal heat pump system at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in Dartmouth, NS, to reduce natural gas use and GHG emissions.
Eagle Eye (Virtual Inspection of Cannabis Licence Holders)
Health Canada
  • Amount: $151,753 over 2 years
  • Summary: This project is a pilot to replace certain physical inspections that are a significant source of carbon emissions, with virtual inspections. If successful, the program’s carbon footprint will be reduced while still maintaining (and perhaps augmenting or enhancing) regulatory oversight. There is also significant potential for broader application within Health Canada and beyond.
CFB Kingston GHG Reduction Project
National Defence
  • Amount: $621,000 over 3 years
  • Summary: This project will design and install a net-zero heating source system in seven buildings that currently rely on a steam heat source from an aged, gas-fired Central Heating Plant.
Advanced Microgrids towards Artic Zero Emissions (AMAZE)
National Defence
  • Amount: $1,650,000 over 3 years
  • Summary: This project targets GHG reductions at remote northern and arctic federal facilities through an innovative integrated systems approach that will include variable speed generators, thermal energy management, renewable energy systems and advanced microgrid controls.
Enabling Portfolio-wide Deep Retrofits of Buildings and Facilitating Low-Carbon Fleets through Additions to the RETScreen Software
Natural Resources Canada
  • Amount: $800,000 over 3 years
  • Summary: This project will enhance the RETScreen software to enable it to capture feasibility studies involving “deep retrofit technologies”.
Optimization of district energy system operation and sequencing using Model-based Predictive Controls
Natural Resources Canada
  • Amount: $350,000 over 3 years
  • Summary: This project will transform the operation of federal district energy systems (DES) in order to reduce fuel consumption and GHG emissions.
Advanced control strategies for CSA’s Space Centre
Natural Resources Canada & Canada Space Agency
  • Amount: $545,000 over 3 years
  • Summary: This project will optimize the controls of the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems of CSA’s Space Centre in St-Hubert (Qc), with the goals of reducing energy consumption and costs, peak electrical loads, natural gas usage and GHG emissions.
Greening Northern Houses
Parks Canada
  • Amount: $775,000 over 3 years
  • Summary: This project will design replicable, single and multi-unit staff housing that are highly energy efficient while being practical for arctic communities.
Ya Ha Tinda Horse Ranch – Hybrid Power System
Parks Canada
  • Amount: $300,000 over 2 years
  • Summary: This project will install a solar microgrid to supplement the power supply to buildings at the ranch using a hybrid solar/diesel generator power system, reduce GHG emissions and maintain reliable power in a remote, off-grid location.
PV Solar Array to Offset Electricity Consumption in Jeremy’s Bay Campground
Parks Canada
  • Amount: $589,400 over 2 years
  • Summary: This project will construct a photo-voltaic solar array at Kejimkujik National Park and Historic Site, to offset electrical consumption and reduce greenhouse gas emissions for the park.
Driving Public Services and Procurement Canada procurements towards a low-carbon economy
Public Services and Procurement Canada
  • Amount: $700,000 over 3 years
  • Summary: This project will develop a science-based tool to quantify GHG emissions associated with procurement.
Net Zero Carbon Detachment Re-useable Designs - Small Detachment
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
  • Amount: $400,000 over 2 years
  • Summary: This project will develop one net-zero carbon detachment design for the RCMP that minimizes construction costs and can be replicated across the country.

Projects that were approved in 2019-20

Purchase of Two Electric Tractors
Agriculture and Agri-food Canada
  • Amount: $204,400 over 1 year
  • Summary: Purchase 2 zero-emission plug-in electric tractors and install charging equipment at the Summerland Research and Development Centre
Net-Zero Carbon Building Upgrade: St. Lewis Fish Management Satellite Office and Warehouse
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Amount: $596,000 over 3 years
  • Summary: Install a solar-array photovoltaic system and geothermal heating system to increase the energy efficiency of the facility
Carpooling App
Global Affairs Canada
  • Amount: $62,000 over 2 years
  • Summary: Program to implement and monitor the use of a carpooling application at Global Affairs Canada. The app aims to encourage green commuting habits that could be replicated by other federal departments.
Net Zero Central Heating Plant
National Defence
  • Amount: $850,000 over 1 year
  • Summary: Switching the fuel for the Goose Bay central heating plant from number 6 heating oil to electricity. This facility represents 4% of the greenhouse gas emissions from the entire Department of National Defence.
Navy Ship Platform Exploitation of Energy Data (SPEED)
National Defence
  • Amount: $1,570,000 over 4 years
  • Summary: SPEED is targeted toward optimizing energy efficiency and reducing GHG emissions for naval platforms. It will accomplish this through:
    • developing an understanding of baseline energy use
    • developing and validating ship energy models
    • enabling energy-efficient operations by applying data analytics to ship platform power and energy data
Study on Potential for Using Organic Waste as an Energy Source
National Defence
  • Amount: $200,000 over 2 years
  • Summary: Develop a circular approach for the sustainable management of organic residues at the Valcartier support base
Minimizing Greenhouse Gas Emissions in an Optimized Base of the Future
National Defence
  • Amount: $400,000 over 2 years
  • Summary: Deliver a military base template that minimizes GHG emissions while respecting operational requirements
Low-Carbon Assets Through Life-Cycle Assessment
National Research Council Canada
  • Amount: $4 million over 4 years
  • Summary: Develop a life-cycle inventory database and assessment guidelines for stakeholders that will allow the tracking of the life-cycle carbon and total cost of ownership of built assets
High-Temperature Heat Pump for District Energy Systems
Natural Resources Canada
  • Amount: $700,000 over 2 years
  • Summary: Develop, design and test a prototype water-to-water heat pump that produces high-temperature heat (80+°C) from mid- to low-temperature heat sources (0°C to 30°C)
Solar Net-Zero Carbon Building in Kluane National Park, Yukon
Parks Canada
  • Amount: $240,000 over 2 years
  • Summary: Add a roof-mounted solar array with a net meter to make a current construction project net neutral. The project will also develop a design to move the facility from diesel heating fuel to being 100% electric
Heritage Building Envelope Energy Efficiency Study
Public Services and Procurement Canada
  • Amount: $850,000 over 3 years
  • Summary: Evaluate the performance of strategies to upgrade the thermal energy performance of building envelopes in heritage rehabilitation projects
CO2 Cooling in Server Rooms
Public Services and Procurement Canada
  • Amount: $100,000 over 1 year
  • Summary: Install a state-of-the-art CO2 cooling system and recover the heat produced in a planned server room renovation
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