Canadians are eager to find new ways to make their homes energy efficient, and to generate more renewable energy. Municipalities of all sizes are ready to help—but don’t always know where to start.
Our $300 million initiative helps municipalities deliver energy financing programs for low-rise residential properties. Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE), utility on-bill financing and third-party lending partnerships are just some examples of financing models used by municipalities delivering residential energy programming.
No matter what stage you’re at, we can help you reach your environmental goals, bring jobs to your community and build better lives. Our new funding and learning resources can help your municipality achieve the following:
- Create, launch and expand home-energy upgrade financing programs for low-rise residential energy projects.
- Generate triple-bottom-line benefits:
- Reduce GHG emissions, create energy savings and contribute to climate adaptation, water conservation and health and safety outcomes
- Accelerate energy cost savings, improve housing affordability and keep the local economy moving
- Increase home comfort, health and quality of life for residents
About CEF funding
FCM offers support throughout the delivery of a home-energy upgrade financing program through the following funding options:
- Studies: Explore your options, build on market research or assess program performance with feasibility, design and program evaluation studies
- Pilot projects: Test a smaller-scale version of your program in real-world settings; reserved for exceptional proposals that demonstrate clear market transformation potential and are otherwise ineligible for capital project funding
- Capital projects: Access a grant combined with a low-interest loan or credit enhancement to implement a new program or scale up an existing model
Read our application guide for details.
Assess the potential for the types of home energy upgrade programs in your collectivity that would be eligible under FCM’s CEF initiative. Read the CEF market guide.
Update to Community Efficiency Financing (CEF) initiative criteria
As of June 30, 2023 (11:59 P.M. PT), all full applications received will be considered under updated CEF criteria. This update is for capital program applications only.
Why is this being updated?
The update has two strategic objectives:
- Balanced geographic funding: increasing uptake in provinces and territories that have not yet launched capital programs with CEF funding and the adoption of diverse funding models beyond Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)
- Raise the bar for innovation: supporting more diverse efficiency financing models, such as on-bill financing and direct lending programs in all regions of Canada. In addition, CEF will be prioritizing applications that underscore innovation in their program design; for example:
- targeting deeper energy retrofits
- higher GHG reductions
- deploying new capacity development activities
- new stakeholder/administration model
- resiliency and adaptations components
- and more
It does not include changes to the client application process.
The update will include Seed and Growth streams, which will not impact the application process for clients.
- Seed stream: funding for underserved jurisdictions and underrepresented program financing models, specifically utility on-bill and third-party lender financing.
- Growth stream: funding open to all other applications.
The CEF update includes an application deferral policy of up to three months to prioritize the most innovative and strategic program applications if the initiative experiences oversubscription. There are no immediate plans to defer any applications and the policy will only be applied if needed.
Contact our Outreach team who can answer any questions regarding the CEF update.
FCM’s Community Efficiency Financing initiative is delivered through our Green Municipal Fund and funded by the Government of Canada.
The Green Municipal Fund is a $1 billion program, delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and funded by the Government of Canada.