Recreation Energy Conservation Program

Funding Programs

Save money by reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions from your municipality’s recreation facilities.

Why participate

Recreation facilities typically use more energy and produce more greenhouse gas emissions than other municipal facilities. Implementing energy efficiency retrofits will:

  • Identify energy-saving opportunities,
  • implement energy-saving projects, and
  • shape healthier lives in your community.

Funding

Municipalities and community-related organizations are able to access up to $750,000 for all projects.

Get funding for scoping audits and engineering studies that inform investment decisions. Then access more funding for implementing energy efficient retrofits.

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.

Did you know: The average simple payback time for projects is typically reduced from 10 to 2.5 years!

Scoping Audits

A cost estimate required to determine eligibility and maximums. An audit must be completed by a pre-approved Program Ally contractor. Eligible facilities cannot have undergone a similar audit within the previous 24 months.

Funding

Up to 100% of pre-GST Scoping Audit costs to a maximum of:
$8,000 for dry sports centres
$10,000 for arenas, aquatic centre, curling rinks and pools
$12,000 for multiplexes

Engineering Study

A cost estimate required to determine eligibility and maximums. An audit must be completed by a pre-approved Program Ally contractor. Eligible facilities cannot have undergone a similar audit within the previous 24 months.

Funding

Up to 100% of pre-GST Engineering Study costs to a maximum of $20,000 for all recreational facility building types

Tip: If valid project information such as the expected energy and GHG savings are not available or provided within an application, a Scoping Audit or Engineering Study must be completed prior to proceeding with the Implementation Project.

Implementation Projects

Implementation Projects fund eligible Energy Conservation Measures 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.

Simple payback is calculated by dividing the capital cost of implementing the Energy Conservation Measures by the annual cost savings produced by the Energy Conservation Measures energy savings.

Cost estimate and invoice required from contractor to determine eligibility and caps. Energy Conservation Measures with a simple payback of less than one year without rebates are ineligible. Projects must have a total installed cost of $10,000 or greater.

Funding

The lesser of 75% of pre-GST Energy Conservation Measure costs, OR the amount required to reach 1-year simple payback maximum.

Tip: If you already know what energy efficiency retrofits your facility needs, we will help you implement them. Lighting projects may use the REC Lighting Calculator to estimate these savings without the need for a Scoping Audit or Engineering Study.

Apply for a simplified measure

Simplified Measures can be implemented without an audit or study because of their predictable energy savings. This includes:

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

Learn how to apply for a simplified measure.

Get started

  1. Read the Guidebook and download the resources
  2. Submit an Expression of Interest as the first non-committal step in the application process
  3. Submit an application through the REC Online Portal

Tip: If you are not sure where to start, begin with a scoping audit to produce a general report that identifies multiple energy-saving opportunities or complete an engineering study on one large-scale project.

No municipality is too big or too small to participate.

110projects approved in 66 municipalities

4,107 tonnes GHG emissions avoided annually

$760,000 allocated to audits and studies

$5M allocated to implementation projects

Save money – Save the planet. It’s a win-win.

If this program sounds right for your community apply now and start making a difference today!