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Pilot project: Retrofit of municipal facilities | Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM):


Grant: Up to $500,000 to cover up to 50% of eligible costs.


We fund pilot projects of retrofits that improve energy efficiency by at least 30% in municipal facilities. This funding helps Canadian cities and communities of all sizes use less energy, which reduces their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and improves their air quality.

Pilot projects assess solutions in real-life conditions. They evaluate either a small-scale version of a project or a full-scale, replicable version.

Eligible Applicants

All Canadian municipal governments; Municipal partners applying in partnership with a municipal government.

Eligible Expenses

You can pilot a combination of energy efficient retrofits that together, reduce a municipal facility’s energy consumption by 30% (minimum of 20% through energy efficiency and maximum of 10% through on-site, renewable energy).

Municipal facilities include administration buildings, police stations and fire halls, wastewater treatment plants, etc. Most of this funding goes to projects in municipally owned buildings, but a non-municipally owned building may be eligible if it is used mostly for municipal purposes.  Community buildings (e.g., libraries, recreation centres and arenas) may be eligible for funding through the Community Buildings Retrofit (CBR) program.

Your pilot should assess whether the project meets the necessary requirements (e.g., financial, technical), has a solid business case and the ability to deliver strong environmental, financial and social benefits directly to your community or through replication in other municipalities. Your project’s outcomes should help you decide whether to scale up the use of the solution you are piloting.

Examples of what you might pilot:

A combination of these retrofits:

  • Upgraded building components and materials (e.g., insulation, walls, windows)
  • Advanced automation and control systems
  • Upgraded heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems
  • On-site renewable energy generation and storage (e.g., solar, wind, geothermal or geo-exchange systems)
  • Fuel switching (e.g., connecting to low carbon district energy systems)
  • Harvesting energy from process loads or waste (e.g., sewer heat recovery)

Deadline Date

  Applications are accepted year round, though this offer will close when all funding has been allocated.


Contact Name: Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM):

Phone Number: 1-877-417-0550

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