Recreation Energy Conservation Program

Funding Programs

Help your municipally-owned recreation facility reduce its energy use and greenhouse gas emissions through the Recreation Energy Conservation Program!

Use our program’s financial rebates to help identify energy-saving opportunities, implement energy-saving projects, and shape healthier lives in your community. Through the Recreation Energy Conservation (REC) Program, your municipality is eligible to receive rebates for scoping audits and engineering studies that inform investment decisions. You are also eligible to receive rebates for implementing energy efficient retrofits in your facilities.

Why is this program important?

Recreation facilities typically use more energy and produce more greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than other municipal facilities. Implement energy efficiency retrofits to reduce operational costs, upgrade equipment and reduce your environmental impact.

Want to take advantage of rebates for a recreational facility in your municipality? 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 recreationally-focused facilities deemed eligible by the Action Centre.

How does it benefit you?

69projects approved in 52 municipalities

1,458 tonnes GHG emissions avoided annually

$560,000 allocated to audits and studies

$1.9M allocated to implementation projects

The average simple payback time for projects is reduced from 10 years to 2.5 years!

Scoping Audit Rebates

Offer

Rebates and Funding Maximums

Requirements and Limitations

Scoping Audit

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

• Cost estimate required to determine eligibility and maximums


• Audit must be completed by a pre-approved Program Ally contractor


• Ineligible if the facility has undergone a similar audit within the previous 24 months

Engineering Study Rebates

Offer

Rebates and Funding Maximums

Requirements and Limitations

Engineering Study

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

• Cost estimate and invoice required from contractor to determine eligibility and caps


• Study must be completed by a pre-approved Program Ally contractor


• Ineligible if the facility has undergone a similar study within the previous 24 months

If you already know what energy efficiency retrofits your facility needs, we will help you implement them.

Implementation Projects fund eligible Energy Conservation Measures (ECM) on an individual basis, and are capped at the dollar amount that buys the project down to a simple payback to a maximum of 1 year or to 75% of capital costs, whichever occurs first. Simple payback is calculated by dividing the capital cost of implementing the ECM by the annual cost savings produced by the ECMs energy savings.

Note: 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. Lighting projects may use the REC Lighting Calculator to estimate these savings without the need for a Scoping Audit or Engineering Study.

Implementation Project Rebates

Offer

Rebates and Funding Maximums

Requirements and Limitations

Implementation Project

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

• Cost estimate and invoice required from contractor to determine eligibility and caps


• ECMs 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

Municipalities and CROs are able to apply for funding up to $750,000.

How does it work?

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.

After reading the Guidebook, please submit an Expression of Interest as the first, non-committal step to learn more about the program. Upon hearing back from the Action Centre about your eligibility, you may be invited to complete an Application.

Webinar

Need a little boost to convince your council to retrofit your recreation facility in your municipality? The Action Centre created this webinar describing everything your council needs to know. You can also request a webinar for your next meeting, or register for an upcoming webinar.

Successful Projects

No municipality is too big or too small to participate.

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!