4 Alberta communities get $25.6M in federal home energy retrofit funds

via Global New by Adam Toy

WATCH: More than $25 million in federal funding is on its way to Alberta. The money is being used for municipal programs aimed at helping people pay for energy efficient retrofits on their homes. Adam MacVicar reports.

Four Alberta communities are getting a total of $25.6 million in federal money to help improve home energy efficiency

Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson was at Calgary city hall to make the announcement on Monday. The mayors of Calgary, Lethbridge and Canmore, as well as the Federation of Canadian Municipalities president were among the dignitaries attending the announcement.

Wilkinson and Calgary Mayor Jyoti Gondek said homes as a sector are a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions in cities.

Gondek said about two-thirds of greenhouse gas emissions in the city on the Bow River are from heating, lighting and power demands in buildings.

But Wilkinson added retrofitting homes to reduce energy consumption can provide economic and job opportunities.

“The government of Canada very much shares the ambition of the City of Calgary in unlocking economic opportunities that deliver a clean environment and sustainable jobs right here in Calgary, but across Alberta and of course, across the country as a whole, all while focused on making life more affordable for Canadians.”

Wilkinson said cities are a “key partner” in the country’s emissions reductions targets.

“To meet our climate goals, we need to retrofit about 70 per cent of all of the buildings that exist today that will still be standing in 2050,” he said, adding that represents around 16 million dwellings and half a million commercial buildings.

“It’s an enormous task,” the federal minister said.

Lethbridge Mayor Blaine Hyggen said the federal funds will help more than just homeowners.

“This investment will give our residents an advantage when it comes to being sustainable-minded citizens,” Hyggen said Monday.

“One unique and value-added bonus for Lethbridge is that 20 per cent of this funding is dedicated to supporting affordable housing providers. This means some of the most vul