Financial assistance for energy management projects

Financial assistance is available to help fund your industrial facility’s energy management project. Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) will provide financial assistance of up to 50% of eligible costs, to a maximum of $40,000. This financial assistance can be combined with other funding sources. When it is, NRCan may adjust its level of funding so that the combined level of financial assistance from all public sources does not exceed 75% of total eligible project costs.

The following types of projects may be eligible for assistance:

Financial assistance process

Eligible projects will be determined on a first-come, first-served basis and should:

  • be intended to improve industrial energy performance and reduce GHG emissions
  • demonstrate potential for learning and/or replication
  • have results that can be disseminated to promote energy management best practices
  • have potential to recommend technical projects and practices that represent energy savings

To be eligible for financial assistance, an organization must follow this process:

  1. Register as a CIPEC Leader.
  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.

Facilities located in British Columbia may be eligible for additional cost-shared financial assistance from the British Columbia Ministry of Energy and Mines.

ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems Standard projects

Financial assistance is available to help you implement the voluntary ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems Standard in your industrial facility. Read more about ISO 50001 financial assistance.

EMIS projects

An EMIS is a performance management system that enables individuals and organizations to plan, make decisions and take effective actions to manage energy use and costs. Read more about EMIS.

Eligible costs

  • salaries of internal employees for work specific to the EMIS
  • professional, scientific, technical and contracting services specific to the EMIS
  • fees for data collection, benchmarking, monitoring and analysis services 
  • purchase of instrumentation software and metering equipment
  • fees associated with training on the EMIS

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 for EMIS)
  • capital projects

PI and CFD studies

Financial assistance for PI and CFD studies can help lower the cost of hiring a technical firm to perform these types of assessments. Facilities undertaking these studies typically have complex energy systems with many heat exchangers and use large amounts of energy – usually more than 75,000 gigajoules per year.

A PI study is a global energy analysis that looks at

  • how your organization uses heat
  • where you can recover heat
  • what could be the best use for that heat in your facility

A CFD study can help you to

  • analyze fluid flow and heat transfer in industrial processes by modeling how liquids and gases interact with surfaces
  • identify the most efficient ways to design and operate systems

Eligible costs

  • salaries
  • professional, scientific, technical and contracting services
  • data collection, benchmarking, monitoring and analysis services
  • training
  • technical audits, assessments and evaluations

Ineligible costs

  • fees for tasks started before NRCan’s approval and execution of a Contribution Agreement
  • equipment purchases
  • capital projects