Canadian communities own and operate a large and diverse portfolio of aging buildings in need of upgrades – including facilities that contribute to strong, vibrant community culture, like arenas, pools and recreation centres.

The Green Municipal Fund’s (GMF) Community Buildings Retrofit (CBR) initiative supports local governments and not-for-profit organizations in retrofitting public buildings to improve energy performance, lower operating and maintenance costs, and transition to cleaner energy solutions over time.

The CBR funding offer supports all stages of project development, helping communities of all sizes to significantly reduce GHG emissions, while extending their asset’s life cycle. CBR can help your municipality achieve the following:

  • Improve energy performance and significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Create local jobs in your municipality and reduce operating costs
  • Better building quality and greater community use

About CBR funding

GMF offers support throughout the life cycle of a community building retrofit project through the following funding options:

Community Buildings Retrofit


GHG Reduction Pathway Feasibility Study grant: Determine the best approach to integrating energy and GHG reductions into longer-term management plans.

Capital funding: Retrofit a local facility for higher energy performance and significant GHG emissions reduction.


FCM’s Community Buildings Retrofit initiative is delivered through our Green Municipal Fund and funded by the Government of Canada.

Are you seeking guidance to you get the most of your CBR initiative?

GMF now offers a new CBR Advisory Service and is intended to help municipalities maximize the potential of their CBR project by matching them to industry leaders who understand best practices in energy retrofits of community buildings and who can help municipalities achieve their energy goals.

Learn more here.

Featured resources

See featured resources, news, events and training related to Community Buildings Retrofit initiative.

Guide: Taking your indoor ice rink to net zero

Learn how to develop an actionable roadmap to net zero ice rinks

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Guide: Taking your indoor swimming pool to net zero

Key measures and lessons learned to help you build a net-zero plan

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E-learning courses: Tackling energy use in your municipal and community buildings

Learn how to improve the energy performance of buildings in your municipality

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Community Buildings Retrofit Advisory Service

Free, expert advice to help you upgrade your local facilities

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Video: Retrofitting community buildings for maximum GHG reduction impact

How your municipality can use a pathway approach to achieve (near) net zero over time

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Resource library: Community Buildings Retrofit

Practical knowledge to support your local facility upgrade

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Have questions about Community Buildings Retrofit?

Contact our Outreach team who can answer any questions you have relating to this funding opportunity.

Take me to CBR funding offer

Get funding to retrofit existing community recreation and cultural facilities.

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Delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, GMF manages approximately $2.4B in programs funded by the Government of Canada.