The District is excited to announce we are a partner in one of ten groups across Canada each receiving $400,000 in grant funding to help make existing homes more energy efficient.
The grant, FCM Transitions 2050, is an initiative offered through the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program.
The funds will be used for a project led by CityGreen; the goal: accelerate energy and carbon reduction residential retrofits to at least double the emissions reductions achieved from retrofits by 2021, and establish a path to achieving medium term and 2050 targets.
The project includes an ambitious program of industry engagement, peer learning, capacity-building and development of a model deep energy retrofit and emissions reductions strategy. It will be based on international best practices, program working group input, and integration of new innovations. The strategy document will be designed as a model that can be adopted for an entire region, customized by community and replicable in other provinces.
The project is comprised of nine regional and municipal governments on Vancouver Island: Central Saanich, Victoria, Esquimalt, Saanich, the CRD, Campbell River, Nanaimo, Comox Valley and Cowichan Valley.
Central Saanich residents can expect to see a home or commercial energy efficiency retrofit incentive program during this project.
Mayor Ryan Windsor expressed his appreciation to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities on behalf of Central Saanich Council, noting this partnership is a key component of the District’s Climate Leadership Plan, and added, “The District is proud to be a partner in this work and looks forward to developing the retrofit as part of our Central Saanich Climate Leadership Plan commitments. Reducing energy use in existing buildings is key to reducing our emissions.
Transition 2050 is available through MCIP, delivered by FCM and funded by the Government of Canada.