Financial assistance for commercial and institutional buildings

Financial assistance is available to help fund your commercial or institutional buildings energy management project. This financial assistance can be combined with other funding sources. When it is, NRCan may adjust its level of funding.

The following types of projects may be eligible for assistance:

  • ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems Standards projects

ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems Standard

The ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems Standard is an internationally recognized voluntary standard that gives organizations a structured framework to manage energy.

Organizations that have implemented ISO 50001 have reduced energy costs and increased competitiveness while minimizing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and other environmental impacts. Footnote 1 For example, Hilton Hotels achieved portfolio-wide ISO 50001 certification across all hotel buildings. From 2008 to 2016, Hilton saved over $783 million on cumulative energy costs, and improved energy performance by 18.60%.

Read more about ISO 50001.

Financial assistance to help implement ISO 50001

To help implement ISO 50001 in commercial and institutional buildings, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) provides financial assistance a maximum of $40,000 per building.

The maximum contribution to an organization, group of affiliates, municipal/provincial/territorial government or an indigenous community is $200,000 per fiscal year (April 1 to March 31).

An approved project may proceed over multiple years but the total level of NRCan funding will not exceed $200,000 per project.
For a multi-building project proposal, the parent organization is responsible for allocating NRCan’s proposed contribution among qualifying buildings up to the maximum allowable combined funding limit.

NRCan reviews project proposals on a first-come, first-served basis. As part of an approval decision, NRCan may consider the distribution of funding across regions and sectors, previous NRCan contributions to applicants, and the project’s environmental impact.

This financial assistance can be combined with other funding sources. When it is, NRCan may adjust its level of funding.

Eligibility for financial assistance

To be eligible for NRCan’s financial assistance for ISO 50001 implementation projects, commercial and institutional buildings must be registered with the ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager benchmarking tool. You must have your proposal accepted by NRCan before any work begins.

Eligible costs

  • salaries of internal employees for work specific to the energy management system (EnMS)
  • professional, scientific and technical fees specific to the EnMS
  • fees for data collection, benchmarking, monitoring and analysis services
  • purchase of instrumentation software and metering equipment (other capital costs are ineligible)
  • fees associated with obtaining ISO 50001 certification (re-certification or fees associated with re-certification are ineligible)
  • fees associated with training on the EnMS

Ineligible costs

  • fees for tasks started before NRCan’s approval and execution of a Contribution Agreement
  • energy retrofits
  • purchase and installation of equipment and systems (with the exception of the purchase of instrumentation software and metering equipment)
  • capital projects
  • ISO 50001 re-certification or fees associated with re-certification

Financial assistance process

Eligible projects will be determined on a first-come, first-served basis. To be eligible for financial assistance, an organization must follow this process:

  1. Register with the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager benchmarking tool (for commercial and institutional buildings).
  2. Email NRCan to request a project proposal template.
  3. Write your proposal following the instructions in the template.
  4. Submit your proposal to NRCan for review and acceptance before you begin your project. If we accept it, we will contact you to establish a Contribution Agreement. Work must not start until an agreement is reached.
  5. Arrange to implement the project and pay all related costs when the work has been completed.
  6. Submit a reimbursement claim and final report to NRCan for review and approval.
  7. After your claim is approved, NRCan will issue a reimbursement through direct deposit to your financial institution.

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