On July 17, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, announced that small-and medium-sized businesses in the four provinces where the federal government carbon-pollution pricing currently applies can now apply to the SME Project stream of the Climate Action Incentive Fund.
Small and medium-sized businesses in these provinces will be eligible to receive funding of up to 25 percent of the cost of projects that will make their businesses more productive and competitive as they reduce energy use, save money, and cut greenhouse gas pollution. A wide range of projects are eligible, including building retrofits, improved industrial processes, fuel switching, and the production of renewable energy for the use of applicants.
This funding comes from a portion of the fuel-charge revenue from the four provinces where the federal price on carbon pollution is in effect.
- Under the Climate Action Incentive Fund, small-and medium-sized businesses are defined as businesses with fewer than 500 employees.
- Applicants can consult the applicant guide to prepare their proposal and submit it through the online application tool. The application period is now open for 90 days (starting July 17, 2019), or until funding exhausted.
- Applicants will be notified of the decision after approximately 25 business days upon receipt of their application.
- Businesses in Ontario, New Brunswick, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan could be eligible to receive funding of up to 25 per cent of eligible costs for energy-efficient retrofits and other projects to improve energy efficiency, reduce their energy use, and save money—to a maximum of $250,000 per applicant per eligible province. The minimum amount of federal funding per application is $20,000.
Over the next five years, small and medium-sized businesses in these provinces will have access to $1.45 billion to support actions such as increasing the energy efficiency of their operations.