VANCOUVER — The Government of Canada is making a $600,000 investment in the Pembina Institute to support two energy efficiency retrofit projects to lower energy costs, reduce pollution and support future energy efficiency retrofits in other Canadian municipalities.
The feds invested $200,000 to the Affordable Housing Renewal Pilot Program for energy retrofits to B.C.’s social housing stock through the Energy Efficiency Program. In partnership with the B.C. Non-Profit Housing Association and the City of Vancouver, the program will retrofit up to five social housing complexes on the Lower Mainland, states a release issued by Natural Resources Canada.
Once the pilot project is complete, the remaining $400,000 will go toward five to eight additional municipalities across Canada that are looking to develop strategies to retrofit their multi-unit residential building stock, indicates the release.
“Addressing the climate emergency requires us to eliminate carbon pollution from our homes and buildings by 2050,” said Tom-Pierre Frappe-Seneclauze, director of buildings and urban solutions at the Pembina Institute, in a statement.
“We need cheaper, faster ways to re-insulate our buildings, make them air tight and switch them to clean fuels. Working with social housing providers, governments, manufacturers, construction companies and financing institutions, we can seed these deep energy retrofit solutions across the country and create affordable, safe and comfortable low-carbon homes for some of our most vulnerable people.”