Ringing endorsement for GCC program

Walking the Rural Way,” a Brockville-based project funded by Ontario Active School Travel, received a letter of endorsement from local Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands & Rideau Lakes MPP Steve Clark. Clark marked the 28 November project launch with hearty congratulations:

“I wish everyone involved in this wonderful project the best of success and I’m confident other communities will soon recognize this is a great idea and we’ll see them picking up the pace to catch up to our stride.”

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GCC is hiring

Our Active School Travel team is hiring a full-time School Travel Planning Facilitator for Toronto. The Facilitator will assist schools with traffic congestion and safety concerns to develop solutions to promote active and sustainable travel for students. Apply by 11 January.

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Active school travel funding available

The second call for proposals for the Ontario Active School Travel Fund is now open.

The Fund seeks to increase physical activity opportunities for Ontario students by expanding active school travel programs for elementary age children. The goal is to have more students walk, cycle, scoot, and skateboard on their daily school journeys.

Ontario communities are invited to submit partnership-based applications. Due 21 December. 

For more information on the Fund and the application process, register to attend the Fund Overview webinar 21 November. 

The Ontario Active School Travel Fund is financially supported by the Government of Ontario.

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Provincial training features Dundas depave

Depave Paradise managers from across Ontario gathered in Hamilton in September for a three-day training event that culminated in a depave at a local elementary school. Armed with pry bars and shovels, the managers joined school children and volunteers to remove 172 square metres of pavement at Yorkview Elementary School in Dundas.

Sandy Shaw, MPP Hamilton West–Ancaster–Dundas, and Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) volunteer Anne Tennier, were on hand to see how a three-year $740,000 province-wide OTF Grow grant awarded to Green Communities Canada (GCC) is making a difference in their community.

“Thanks to the funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, transformational environmental projects across our Province and right here in Dundas are made possible. It is truly inspiring to see what can be accomplished when students along with community partners work together to enrich where we live, work and play,” said MPP Shaw.

The Dundas depave is one of 36 Depave Paradise projects GCC will complete by 2021 with support from OTF.

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Active School Travel Summit – get your tickets now

Join a diverse group of stakeholders to share knowledge and celebrate their collective work on active transportation at the Ontario Active School Travel Summit, 1 October, Toronto.

The Ontario Active School Travel Summit takes place Monday 1 October at the Ramada Plaza Hotel, Toronto. Co-hosted by Green Communities Canada and the Ontario Active School Travel Council, the Summit brings together a diverse group of stakeholders to share knowledge and celebrate their collective work. Tickets are limited to 150 delegates. Register here. For more information email

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Let’s restore federal retrofit incentives

Pictured right: Minister of Natural Resources Amarjeet Sohi and Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna.

Home energy and GHG savings for Ontario:

• Establish ratings-based federal home energy retrofit incentive program.

• Invest $150 M from Low Carbon Economy Fund over two years in Ontario.

• Retrofit 50,000 Ontario homes.

• Launch 1 January 2019.

• Make available for use in other provinces w/o residential programs.

Multiple benefits:

• Quantifies energy and carbon savings (vs rebates). PAY FOR RESULTS!

• Saves more than it costs; makes us richer and greener. A “conservation pipeline.”

• Generates ongoing bill savings, economic stimulus, jobs – distributed across all communities.

• Generates co-benefits: infrastructure savings, housing upgrades, air quality/smog/health.

• Fills gap left by Ontario with proven successful and popular incentive program. High profile.

• Engages Ontario homeowners in personal climate action; builds support for pan-Canadian action.

• Leverages homeowner investment of ~ $375M. Generates GST revenues of ~$19M.

• Ramps up EnerGuide delivery capacity to deliver universal time of sale ratings.

ERS – the perfect tool:

• NRCan’s state-of-the-art EnerGuide Rating System (ERS) provides trusted science-based advice.

• Rewards homeowners for achieved energy and GHG savings. PAY FOR RESULTS!

• Track record: 800,000 retrofits completed across Canada, 2003-12.

• ERS system and NRCan infrastructure in place (modest staff increases required).

• Provides built-in quality assurance, verification. Prevents fraud.

• Respected by provinces, utilities – used for building code compliance, utility programs

• Mature ratings industry in place, and ready to staff up quickly to serve added demand.

Fills the Ontario gap

• Ontario withdrawing from cap and trade, spending cuts underway.

• Previous Ontario incentive program funded with carbon dollars ($100M) ends fall 2018.

• A small ongoing utility-funded program will be restricted to gas company customers.

• Ontario needs an unbiased all-fuel residential program available to all homes.

• ERS-based incentives will be federally branded, but ready for provincial, utility partnerships.

Green Communities Canada

• National non-profit established 1995.

• First EnerGuide service organization, provided technical feedback and advice.

• Initiated and designed first EnerGuide-based incentive program, conducted successful pilot. • Over 100,000 EnerGuide ratings completed

• Contact: Clifford Maynes, Executive Director,; 705 745 7479 x 118.


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