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As reported two weeks ago, the federal government is rolling out a new program aimed at supporting investments in low-carbon and energy efficient technologies by small and medium enterprises (SMEs).  Under the umbrella of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, the Climate Action Incentive Fund (CAIF) will deliver a portion of the proceeds of the federal carbon pollution pricing system to small business owners. Programming is available in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, and New Brunswick, where provinces have not committed to their own carbon pollution pricing systems. Eligible recipients can benefit from funding for projects to decrease energy usage, save money, and reduce carbon pollution.

The announcement on May 31 included few details, but a promise to provide more information in the month ahead.  Last week, HRAI was invited to join the CAIF External Advisory Committee, which will have a mandate to:  a) provide feedback and recommendations on CAIF programming as it pertains to SMEs; and b) help encourage the uptake of the CAIF SME programming to the target audience.

Feedback and recommendations of the Committee will be submitted to the Director General, Implementation Directorate at Environment and Climate Change Canada for consideration.  Martin Luymes, HRAI Vice President of Government and Stakeholder Relations, will represent HRAI on the Committee, which will consist of professionals external to the Government of Canada with sectoral expertise.

The External Advisory Committee will be meeting soon to discuss program design and, as part of this process, HRAI will be seeking input from members on key questions specific to the HVACR sector.

For more information, contact Martin Luymes at 1-800-267-2231, ext. 235, or email mluymes@hrai.ca.