Recreation Energy Conservation Program

Funding Programs

All newly completed applications will be waitlisted.

The Recreation Energy Conservation Program is first-come, first-served, and is regularly evaluated to anticipate program interest.

Applications with signed offer letters will continue to be processed. If you have questions about the status of your application, contact our team at REC@clearesult.com.

For more information, review the Recreation Energy Conservation Program Terms and Conditions.


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.
See how municipalities are taking care of their recreation centres with funding from the Recreation Energy Conservation Program.

WHO CAN APPLY

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

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.

No municipality is too big or too small to participate.

111projects completed in 66 municipalities

2,345 tonnes GHG emissions avoided annually

$3.4M in funding spent on projects

$481,643 in annual savings for municipalities

Funding

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

All scoping audits and engineering study applications will no longer be accepted after September 10, 2021.

To apply for funding for a Scoping Audit or Engineering Study, you must include the following:

  • A copy of the quote from a Program Ally,
  • Six months of utility bills from utility providers for all fuel sources (electricity and natural gas) used in the facility, and
  • 12 months of utility consumption and cost information from prior to March 2020, or the most recent 24 months of utility consumption data.

Scoping Audits

Eligible facilities cannot have undergone a similar audit within the previous 24 months.

Scoping Audit 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 is 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.

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

Apply today!

Get funding for a scoping audit or engineering study

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.

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.

What to include in the application

To apply for funding for an Implementation Project, you must include the following:

  • A copy of the quote(s) from a Program Ally or another vendor with prices for equipment and installation,
  • Six months of utility bills from utility providers for all fuel sources (electricity and natural gas) used in the facility, and
  • 12 months of utility consumption and cost information from prior to March 2020, or the most recent 24 months of utility consumption data,
  • A copy of all applicable specification sheets for all equipment included in the REC application.

More complex projects (anything that is not listed under Simplified Measures), must include a copy of the energy audit or study that includes financial and greenhouse gas emission reduction analysis for the intended project.

For lighting projects, please include a copy of the REC Lighting Calculator that includes energy and emissions savings calculations and photos of the existing lighting equipment. Lighting projects may use the REC Lighting Calculator to estimate these savings without the need for a Scoping Audit or Engineering Study.

Tip: For more details about what to include in your application, review page 9 of the Guidebook.

Skip the audit and implement now

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

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

Know what you want to upgrade?

Apply now to install one of the simplified measures.

How to join the waitlist

Step 1. Submit an expression of interest.

Expressions of interest are non-committal but are the first step to applying. Our program team will follow up with you to learn more about the project you want to complete.

Get started

If you have already expressed interest, move on to Step 2.

Step 2. Submit an application through the REC Online Portal

With the support of our project team, your completed application will be added to the waitlist in order of the application receive date.

Municipalities that have already applied but have not received an offer letter are first on the waitlist (in order of date application received), and additional applications are added after. A signed offer letter is the only way to confirm reserved funding for your project.

Step 3. If funding becomes available, you will receive an offer letter to reserve your funding.

You will have 30 days to sign the offer letter that details your funding amount.


Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Recreation Energy Conservation program still accepting new applications?

The Recreation Energy Conservation Program is accepting applications until funding is fully allocated. New completed applications will be added to the waitlist on a first-come, first-served basis. To join the Recreation Energy Conservation Program waitlist, you must submit a complete application package (as per the Documentation Guidelines). Funding is only reserved for applicants with a signed offer letter.

My municipality submitted an Expression of Interest, now what?

An expression of interest is non-committal. To join the Recreation Energy Conservation Program waitlist, please submit a complete application package.

My municipality applied to the program, now what?

The Recreation Energy Conservation Program is approaching full subscription and we have started to waitlist applicants. To join the waitlist, submit a complete application package. Once a full application package has been received, we add your project to the waitlist. You will receive a notification once your project is being reviewed. Funding is only reserved for applicants with a signed offer letter.

How does my municipality get on the waitlist for funding?

To join the waitlist for funding, please submit a complete application package through the Recreation Energy Conservation Program application portal. If your application is accepted, you will receive a notification that you are now on the waitlist.

When will my municipality know if we get funding?

All applications first undergo technical review to assess the project and confirm eligibility. Projects will be moved from the waitlist in the order in which applications are received. If your project is approved, you will be sent an offer letter that secures your funding. To reserve your funding, applicants must sign the offer letter and send it back to MCCAC within 30 days from when it was sent, or the municipality may risk losing its spot in the queue. 

Is the program first-come, first-served? How does it work?

Yes, the Recreation Energy Conservation Program operates on a first-come, first-served basis from when the application was submitted and joined the waitlist. Complete application packages need to be received and approved before the offer letter is issued.

I have already signed an offer letter; will this waitlist impact my project?

Projects with signed offer letters will not be impacted by the waitlist and can continue with construction.

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!