Our story

Our story

GREEN COMMUNITIES originated in Ontario in 1993 under a provincial government funding program. A powerful model was established, of independent community-based organizations, individually incorporated, with their own paid staff, boards, partnerships, and programs reflecting local needs and opportunities. 

In 1995, when government funding ended, the individual Green Community organizations in Ontario formed a network to work together and share information. Our network was incorporated as the Green Communities Association in 1996.

By 1999, the Green Communities movement had spread to other provinces. In 2005, the name of the association was changed to Green Communities Canada to reflect our national scope.

Today Green Communities Canada has more than two dozen member organizations located in cities and towns from coast to coast.

Over the years we have helped hundreds of thousands of Canadians save energy and other resources, reduce pollution and contribute to healthy ecosystems. Our initiatives have impacted people in their homes and business and have helped to shape public policy.

Some accomplishments:

  • delivering more than 300,000 home energy audits
  • pioneered the national home energy retrofit incentive
  • created the award-winning Well Aware program to protect rural water sources
  • championed important sustainability policies – walk friendly communities, affordable energy retrofits for low-income households, and a national home energy efficiency strategy

Green Communities Canada’s member organizations appoint a 12-member national Board of Directors responsible for planning, policy and directing staff.