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HRAI is in active discussions with Environment and Climate Change Canada, (ECCC) about the design of an incentive program aimed at small and medium-sized businesses (e.g. restaurant owners, farmers, truck drivers, convenience and small grocery store owners) that will be funded out of the Climate Action Incentive Fund (CAIF).  Funding for the CAIF comes from the 10% hold-back on the federal “price on pollution” (a.k.a. “carbon tax”) -- the part that will not be returned directly to Canadians as tax credits.  The programs only apply to Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and New Brunswick -- the four provinces where provincial carbon pricing schemes do not exist and the federal backstop applies. 

In the proposed program, small and medium businesses in these four provinces will be able to apply for:

  • Refunds between 25% and 50% on the cost of new energy-saving and low-carbon equipment (expected to include appliances, heating and cooling equipment and high efficiency boilers);
  • Funding of up to 25% of eligible costs for energy-efficient retrofits and other projects to improve energy efficiency, reduce their energy use and save money.

HRAI is currently seeking input from members engaged in the commercial marketplace on the design of this program.  HRAI believes that contractors serving the commercial market, offer  unique insights into the technologies and approaches that will work best for their clients. 

A survey has been prepared by ECCC for input from the small and medium businesses that will be the target of this spending.  ECCC has already reached out to associations representing these types of businesses (e.g. the Building Owners and Managers Association, the Canadian Trucking Alliance, the Grain Growers of Canada, and many others), but they have been persuaded that companies that are in the business of delivering solutions have an important perspective to offer and will have access to important information that their customers do not.

Members interested in assisting with this survey are asked to contact Martin Luymes at the contact information below.  The questions include identifying products that can contribute to energy savings and carbon emission reductions, what types of assistance will help move these products more quickly, and what other conditions are needed to make a program like this succeed.

At ECCC’s request, HRAI will be compiling responses and making a single submission with program recommendations. 

For more background information on this program check the following links:

For more information, contact Martin Luymes, or call at 1-800-267-2231 ext. 235.