Federal funding available for energy upgrades in the small business sector.

News 100 greenBy Staff

July 29th, 2019

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Oakville Burlington North MP Pam Damoff asks: “Are you or someone you know a small business owner looking to making your business more energy efficient? If so, I am writing with good news.

“Last week, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, announced that small- and medium-sized businesses in Ontario can now apply to the SME Project stream of the Climate Action Incentive Fund.

Fed energy funding graphic“Small and medium-sized businesses in our province will be eligible to receive funding of up to 25 percent of the cost of projects that will make their businesses more productive and competitive as they reduce energy use, save money, and cut greenhouse gas pollution. $72.4 million has been earmarked for Ontario for 2019-20 through the Climate Action Incentive Fund.

“A wide range of projects are eligible, including building retrofits, improved industrial processes, fuel switching, and the production of renewable energy for the use of applicants. Proposals will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis, and regional considerations and prioritization for the most impacted small- and medium-sized businesses will be taken into account.

Applicants can consult the applicant guide to prepare their proposal and submit it through the online application tool. Applicants will be notified of the decision after approximately 25 business days upon receipt of their application.

“Over the next five years, small and medium-sized businesses in Ontario, New Brunswick, Manitoba and Saskatchewan will have access to $1.45 billion to support actions such as increasing the energy efficiency of their operations.

“Applications were opened on July 17th, 2019 and will remain open for 90 days from it’s launch or until funding is exhausted. All small- and medium-sized businesses who employ less than 500 people are eligible to receive funding through this program.

Pam Damoff

Oakville Burlington North MP Pam Damoff

“In addition to this funding announcement, the Government will soon launch a new call for proposals for smaller projects from small businesses across the country, under the Low Carbon Economy Fund Partnerships stream. Approximately $10 million will be available to help those businesses make investments to improve energy efficiency, reduce pollution, and save money. I will be sure to update you again when this new stream comes online.”

This is a federal program. Damoff was the first to get something out – if you live in a different riding – find the MP there – they won’t be hard to find – they are all now in election mode – and get some help from their office staff.

Do keep in mind that every MP now has two offices. Their constituency office and their campaign office..

Burlington is MP Karin Gould, also a Cabinet Minister and Lisa Raitt, the MP for Milton, which includes some of the northern part of the city of Burlington.

 

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