Community Buildings Retrofit (CBR) initiative
In April 2021, the Canadian Government launched the Community Buildings Retrofit initiative. Funded by a $167-million federal investment in the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' Green Municipal Fund, this programme will support Canadian municipalities and not-for-profit organizations to carry out retrofits and other upgrades to lower emissions by improving energy performance, lowering operating costs and extending the life of community buildings, such as arenas, pools, libraries and recreation and cultural centres. The Community Buildings Retrofit initiative will provide grants and loans to fund a portion of each project and expects to disburse the full funding envelope over the next six years, expecting to see the first capital projects approved before the end of 2021–22. This new initiative is part of a $950-million federal investment in the Green Municipal Fund designed to scale up energy efficiency and lower emissions across Canada.
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