Calling HRAI Members to Participate in Environment and Climate Change Canada Funding Opportunities

March 11, 2022

12noon – 1pm EST

Register today!

The Low Carbon Economy Challenge is part of the Low Carbon Economy Fund (LCEF). It leverages Canadian ingenuity to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and generate clean growth in support of Canada’s clean growth and climate action plans by providing approximately $500 million to a wide range of recipients.

HRAI and ECCC will be hosting a free webinar session to educate the HVACR community on how to participate in this initiative.  Join us on March 11, 2022, 12noon – 1pm EST to learn how to take advantage of this new funding opportunity.

The Challenge is divided into two streams: the Champions stream and the Partnerships stream. See past intakes for details of the two streams.

The Champions stream is currently accepting Expression of Interest submissions: see the How to apply section below for more info.

Join us on March 11, 2022 from 12-1pm to learn more about the application process.

Available funding

The Champions stream second intake is currently accepting Expressions of Interest submissions and will provide over $200 million in funding for GHG emission-reducing projects.

Applicants can request between $1 million and $25 million in funding for eligible project expenditures, with cost-share ranging from 25% to 75% of total project costs depending on the recipient type.

The maximum federal share for specific recipients is as follows:

  • 25% for for-profit private sector businesses
  • 40% for regional/local/municipal governments
  • 40% for not-for-profit organizations
  • 50% for provincial governments/bodies/boards
  • 75% for territorial governments/bodies/boards
  • 75% for Indigenous communities and organizations

Application period

The Expression of Interest process for the Champions stream opens on January 27, 2022 at 00:01 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) and closes on March 25, 2022 at 08:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Key dates

  • January 27, 2022: Open for Expressions of Interest
  • March 25, 2022: Deadline for Expressions of Interest
  • May 2022: Invitation to submit Formal Proposal (or notification of ineligibility)
  • Fall 2022: Final funding decisions
  • Project completion: No later than March 2025

Eligible recipients

The Champions stream is open to a wide range of applicants, including:

  • provincial governments, bodies or boards
  • territorial governments, bodies or boards
  • regional/local/municipal governments
  • First Nations, Métis and Inuit government, communities or organizations
  • public sector bodies or boards
  • not-for-profit organizations
  • private sector for-profit small, medium and large businesses

Project eligibility requirements

To be considered eligible, a project must result in reductions in GHG emissions in 2030 and over the lifetime of the project.

These reductions must be:

  • to sources of emissions controlled by the applicant or project partner (direct) and/or to grid electricity emissions (acquired)
  • beyond what is required by existing regulations, standards, or codes and ongoing work by project proponents (incremental)
  • directly and immediately the result of activities funded by the program.

Projects must also meet other eligibility criteria, as follows:

  • capacity to make use of commercially available technology
  • confirmation of project location
  • production of electricity or fuel must be primarily for own use, within the applicant’s or identified partner’s operations (except for projects located in rural or remote communities or for district energy or industrial combined heat-and-power).

For more information on the requirements, consult the Frequently asked questions and the Expression of Interest Guide.


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