Financial Programs

Table of Contents

  1. Energy Conservation Programs
  2. Renewable Energy Programs

A variety of subsidies, grants, rebates and incentives are available for green energy projects. Please note that funding programs change frequently, so do not assume this list is entirely comprehensive or up to date.

Energy Conservation Programs

A key opportunity for farmers to access funding for energy conservation and energy efficiency is the Canada-Ontario Farm Stewardship Program (COFSP). Under COFSP, farmers can complete or update an Environmental Farm Plan and access cost share funding for a variety of energy efficiency technologies and systems. Program details are available through the OMAFRA website.

The Ontario Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure's Ontario's Energy Efficiency Resource & Funding Guide provides a detailed listing of programs, financial incentives and resources to help you conserve and achieve greater energy efficiency.

Natural Resource Canada's Office of Energy Efficiency also maintains a list of grants and incentives across the country.

In addition to the programs included in the listings above, you may wish to check:

  • Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's mortgage loan insurance premium for energy-efficient houses, which may be available when you use CMHC insured financing to purchase an energy-efficient home or make energy-saving renovations
  • The Electricity Retrofit Incentive Program, which includes incentives and rebates for the agricultural sector
  • Finance Canada's Class 43.1/43.2 Accelerated Capital Cost Allowances and the Canadian Renewable and Conservation Expenses, which allow you to more quickly write off the capital costs of certain energy-efficient equipment or renewable energy systems
  • The Ontario Power Authority's High Performance New Construction Program, which rewards reduced kilowatt demand in excess of Code in new commercial, industrial or agricultural structures

Renewable Energy Programs

General

The Community Power Fund provides support to communities working to develop, build and own renewable energy projects.

Finance Canada's Class 43.1/43.2 Accelerated Capital Cost Allowances and the Canadian Renewable and Conservation Expenses allow you to more quickly write off the capital costs of certain energy-efficient equipment or renewable energy systems.

Natural Resources Canada's ecoENERGY programs include programs for biofuels, buildings and houses, industry, renewable heat and renewable power.

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund's Northern Energy Program includes funding for renewable energy planning, renewable energy capital assistance and new internal energy generation projects.

The Ontario Power Authority's Feed-in Tariff (FIT) Program provides renewable energy generators a pricing regime for electricity sold back to the grid.

Bioenergy

Natural Resources Canada's ecoAGRICULTURE Biofuels Capital Initiative funds the construction or expansion of biofuel production facilities, while ecoENERGY for Biofuels provides operating incentives for biofuel production.

The Ontario Biogas Systems Financial Assistance Program subsidizes feasibility studies, construction and implementation of anaerobic digester systems.

Geothermal Energy

The Ontario government offers a sales tax rebate that covers residential geothermal systems.

Micro-Hydro Energy

The Ontario government offers a sales tax rebate that covers residential micro hydro-electric systems.

Solar Energy

Natural Resources Canada's ecoENERGY for Renewable Heat program offer incentives for a variety of solar air and water heating systems, while the ecoENERGY Retrofit program includes solar domestic hot water systems.

The Ontario Solar Thermal Heating Incentive provides incentives for solar air and water heating systems, while the Solar Energy Systems Rebate returns the retail sales tax paid on a home solar energy system.

Wind Energy

The Ontario government offers a sales tax rebate that covers residential wind energy systems.


For more information:
Toll Free: 1-877-424-1300
E-mail: ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca
Author: OMAFRA Staff
Creation Date: 22 April 2009
Last Reviewed: 10 February 2014