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Greener Neighbourhoods Pilot Program:


between $200,000 and $1 million (comprising up to 100% of total eligible project costs)


The Government of Canada is investing $35.5 million over five years, starting in 2022–2023, for Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) to implement a Greener Neighbourhoods Pilot Program (GNPP) for aggregated deep retrofits in up to six housing neighbourhoods in Canada.

The GNPP focuses on clusters of low-rise housing and seeks to pilot the Energiesprong aggregated retrofit model in the Canadian market. The GNPP will include two calls for proposals:

  • The first will support the establishment and/or activities of “Market Development Teams” (MDT), also known as “retrofit coordinators,” “retrofit accelerators,” or “retrofit transaction enablers.”
  • The second will target building owners to support demonstration projects of the Energiesprong model for community housing.

Eligible Applicants

The GNPP-MDT call is open to legal entities validly incorporated or registered in Canada, including:

  • For-profit and not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks, endowment-based municipal organizations, and consulting firms
  • Indigenous for-profit and not-for-profit organizations and Indigenous governments, Tribal Councils, national and regional Indigenous councils or organizations (The term “Indigenous” is understood to include Inuit, Métis, First Nations, Status Indian and non-Status Indian individuals or any combination thereof.)

Applicants must be able to demonstrate a history of operating in the capacity of an MDTand/or the ability to convene multiple stakeholders, collaborate with partners, and develop reports consistent with the general functions of MDTs. Please refer to Appendix A for the definition of MDT used under the GNPP.

Eligible Expenses

Funding under the GNPP will be available to support MDT operations to carry out the proposed activities. The following expenses are eligible:

  • Salary and benefits costs for direct employees for time spent on the proposed activities;
  • Consulting or professional services costs for subcontractors or external staff working on the proposed activities;
  • Overhead costs related to delivering the proposed activities;
  • Travel costs and fees to attend GNPP-related events such as workshops, conferences, and training;
  • Honoraria;
  • Equipment or products* required to deliver the proposed activities; and
  • Other expenses may be considered for eligibility by NRCan, based on their alignment with the call objectives.

*Capital expenditures for equipment are limited to a maximum of $10,000. Major capital expenditures are not eligible under this call.

NRCan will work with MDTs selected for funding to provide further guidance on eligible expenditures as part of the due diligence process.

Deadline Date

  For the current funding round, the deadline for submitting a project proposal is 11:59 pm, PT on April 5, 2023.
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