Recreation Energy Conservation Program

Funding Guide

The Recreation Energy Conservation (REC) program helps municipally-owned recreation facilities reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions by providing financial rebates to help identify energy-saving opportunities and implement energy-saving projects.


Municipalities and community-related organizations are able to access up to $750,000 for all projects. The fund currently covers up to 75% of equipment and installation costs or to the dollar amount that buys the project down to a simple payback of 1 year, whichever is less and occurs first.

Simplified measures can be implemented without an audit or study because of their predictable energy savings. These include retrofits to:

  • lighting;
  • ice rink flood water de-aerators;
  • pump replacements;
  • smart thermostats;
  • rooftop unit replacements; and
  • space heating boilers, furnaces and heaters.

How to apply

Open to Alberta municipalities. The following facility types—that use complex and high energy-consuming systems—are eligible:

  • arenas and curling rinks;
  • aquatic centres and swimming pools;
  • dry sport centres, such as facilities that do not include ice surfaces or aquatic facilities;
  • multiplexes, such as facilities that include a combination of dry sports, ice surfaces, and aquatic facilities;
  • athletic parks, such as football or soccer parks with high-intensity lighting; and
  • other recreation-focused facilities deemed eligible by the Action Centre.