Low Carbon Economy Challenge-Champions Stream 

Funding Guide

Launched in 2017, the Government of Canada’s Low Carbon Economy Fund (LCEF) is an important part of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change and Canada’s new strengthened climate plan, A Healthy Environment and a Healthy Economy.

The LCEF supports the implementation of the Pan-Canadian Framework and Canada’s strengthened climate plan by leveraging investments in projects that will generate clean growth and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The LCEF helps Canada to meet or exceed its commitments under the Paris Agreement, and supports innovation, reduction of energy bills, and the creation of jobs for Canadians for years to come.

The second Champions stream intake (the purpose of this guide) will provide over $200 million in funding for GHG emission reducing projects.

The projects selected for funding will result in measurable GHG emissions reductions toward Canada’s 2030 emissions reductions target and demonstrate the other key guiding principles of the LCEF, including materialityincrementalitycost-effectiveness and other merit-based criteria outlined in section VI of this guide.

How to Apply

The Champions stream has a two-stage application process:

  • Submission of an EOI to screen projects for eligibility; and
  • Submission of a Formal Proposal to evaluate projects for merit.

Only eligible Expressions of Interest will be invited to submit a Formal Proposal.

Applicants with an eligible EOI will be invited to submit a Formal Proposal for each eligible EOI submitted, separately. Applicants must submit Formal Proposals that are materially the same as described in the EOI, but may adjust project scale, cost estimates, and other specific details with updated information.

There is no limit on the number of Expressions of Interest that an organization can submit within the January 27 to March 25, 2022, submission period.

Expression of Interest Eligibility

  • Applicant general information
  • project eligibility requirements
  • project location
  • project description
  • project expenditures
  • project outcomes

Project Eligibility Requirements

To be considered eligible, a project must result in reductions in GHG emissions in 2030 and over the lifetime of the project.

These reductions must be:

  • to sources of emissions controlled by the applicant or project partner (direct) and/or to grid electricity emissions (acquired)
  • beyond what is required by existing regulations, standards, or codes and ongoing work by project proponents (incremental)
  • directly and immediately the result of activities funded by the program.

Projects must also meet other eligibility criteria, as follows:

  • capacity to make use of commercially available technology
  • confirmation of project location
  • production of electricity or fuel must be primarily for own use, within the applicant’s or identified partner’s operations (except for projects located in rural or remote communities or for district energy or industrial combined heat-and-power).