EDMONTON — The Government of Canada is providing funds to help an Indigenous operated school save on operating costs by improving energy consumption.
The government announced it will provide more than $2.9 million to increase energy conservation at Inner City High School in Edmonton. The school is operated by the Inner City Youth Development Association, a non-profit Indigenous organization, according to a news release.
The school is expected to reduce its energy consumption by more than 60 per cent thanks to the retrofit.
“As a result, the community will be able to redirect cost-savings back into the school, which provides life-changing programming for its students through a high school education and employable skills. The school will also serve as a community showcase for clean, inclusive infrastructure and sustainable communities,” the government writes.
Upgrades include improved glazing, alternative energy sources, retrofits to increase the building’s climate resilience, accessibility improvements including powered doors in main access points, loading ramps and parking areas for people with disabilities and signs in English and Cree.
“This retrofit ensures our programming continues to help thousands of Edmonton’s marginalized urban Indigenous and other youth become productive citizens for another 30 years,” said Dr. Joe Cloutier, director of education at the school, in the release.