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High-Rise Retrofit Improvement Support Program

The City of Toronto’s Hi-RIS program assists apartment building owners in making energy and water-saving improvements to their properties. This program offers financing with terms of up to 20 years at competitive fixed rates to three-story or more residential apartment buildings in Toronto.

Commercial Retrofit Program

This Program provides one-time incentives of $0.10 per m3 of natural gas saved, up to $100,000, to commercial businesses for implementing any number of energy-saving measures. Higher efficiency boilers, higher efficiency combination water and space heating systems, better building controls, water conservation, and efficient make-up air and ventilation (including ENERGY STAR) are all eligible measures.

Comprehensive Energy Management Program

Participants will gain a better understanding of key energy drivers as a result of this Program, allowing them to shape their energy goals and develop the appropriate strategy. The emphasis and financial support are concentrated on five major components:

    • Senior management sponsorship
    • Creation of an energy policy
    • Assigning an energy champion
    • Development of an energy model
    • Taking action towards continuous energy improvement

SAVE ON ENERGY - ENERGY PERFORMANCE PROGRAM INCENTIVES FOR MULTI-SITE BUSINESSES

This Program encourages whole-building energy performance improvements by offering incentives of up to four cents per kilowatt-hour ($0.04/kWh) of savings per year for up to four years. This pay-for-performance model rewards participants who can implement behavioral and operational changes alongside capital investment projects to achieve and grow energy savings over time. It offers a variety of services.

SAVE ON ENERGY - RETROFIT PROGRAM

This Program provides financial incentives to businesses for implementing energy-efficient measures in their facilities. To suit the intended retrofit project, prescriptive, engineered, and custom track applications are available. Among the incentives are:

    • up to $400 for every kilowatt saved for lighting measures and
    • up to $800 for every kilowatt saved for non-lighting projects

Local electric utilities offer the saveONenergy programs, which are funded by the Independent Electricity System Operator.

FUNDING PROGRAMS

Loans for Energy Retrofit

Community-based or not-for-profit organizations in Toronto are eligible for a low-interest loan to cover up to 100 percent of the cost of their energy retrofit project. The following are examples of typical retrofit measures:

    • Lighting retrofits 
    • Equipment replacement, including chillers and HVAC systems 
    • Building envelope improvements 
    • Building automation systems and controls 
    • Renewable energy projects 
    • Energy storage 
    • Other measures/technologies as needed

All Toronto buildings are eligible, including the following:

    • Commercial, Retail and Industrial
    • Multi-Family Residential
    • Condominium buildings (common areas only, not individual units)
    • Hospitals and Long-Term Care
    • Schools, Colleges and Universities
    • Not-for-profit
    • Social Housing
    • Hospitality

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