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  • March 09, 2018

Ontario Helping Ottawa Colleges and Universities Fight Climate Change and Improve Energy Efficiency

Ontario’s Carbon Market Funding Improvements to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Pollution

Ontario is reducing greenhouse gas pollution and supporting student achievement by investing in energy improvements at college and university campuses across the province. This investment is part of Ontario's Climate Change Action Plan and is funded by proceeds from the province's cap on pollution and carbon market.

Ottawa area colleges and universities will receive almost 34 million dollars in grants and interest free loans to improve the energy efficiency of their campuses, including funding for:

 Installing energy-efficient windows and high-efficiency boiler replacements
 Larger retrofits, upgrades and new construction for projects that achieve significant emissions reductions and/or demonstrate innovative approaches to increase campus sustainability and reduce greenhouse gas pollution
 Projects that reduce energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and operating costs through interest-free loans

Ontario's carbon market proceeds are required by law to be invested in programs that help households, businesses and public institutions reduce greenhouse gas pollution.

Supporting Ontario's colleges and universities to improve their energy efficiency and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions is part of Ontario’s plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of children and youth pharmacare in a generation.


“Ontario’s colleges and universities are some of the best places in the world to study. By investing in repairs and retrofits on campuses across the province that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve energy efficiency, we can extend the life of valuable infrastructure and provide students with the best possible learning environment to pursue their goals and achieve their potential.”
— Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development

“This investment is another example of how our Climate Change Action Plan and carbon market
work together to help cut our greenhouse gas pollution while making life better for Ontario
residents. This program gives our colleges and universities an opportunity to modernize their
campuses, increase the comfort of their students and inspire future generations to help build our
low-carbon economy.”
— Chris Ballard, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change

“Ottawa universities and colleges are playing a crucial role in reducing greenhouse gas
emissions. Investments in sustainable energy are investments in our people and our
communities. This investment speaks to the spirit of innovation present in our local colleges and
universities and their shared commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in their
community and creating greener campuses. These spaces will in turn provide a sustainable
learning environment for the next generation of leaders and thinkers.”
— Bob Chiarelli, MPP for Ottawa West-Nepean on behalf of Ottawa Caucus

“Algonquin College is making sustainability and the environment a priority — our ultimate goal is
to become carbon neutral. This funding will allow us to accelerate our efforts in these areas, and
to continue leading the way in education, research and environmentally sustainable practices."
— Cheryl Jensen, President of Algonquin College

“On behalf of the largest French-language College in Ontario and outside of Quebec, I would
like to thank the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development for its funding to
reduce greenhouse gas emission on our Ottawa campus. This is a big step towards carbon
neutrality for La Cité and postsecondary institutions of the province. This funding will allow the
College to implement high energy efficiency projects while renewing obsolete equipment,
provide learning examples, maintain a comfortable indoor environment that is favourable to
learning, and create a common goal for our College community.”
— Lise Bourgeois, President of La Cité College


 In 2017-18, Ontario is investing over $214 million in grants and making available up to $300
million in interest-free loans to retrofit college and university facilities through the
Greenhouse Gas Campus Retrofit Program.
 In November 2017, Ontario issued a call for proposals from publicly-assisted colleges and
universities for innovative approaches to increase campus sustainability.
 Algonquin College, Carleton University, Ottawa University and La Cite Collegiale will
participate in the campus retrofit program to improve the energy efficiency of their
 Algonquin College will receive a grant of $9.288 million and an interest free loan allocation
of $7.086 million. La Cite Collegiale will receive a grant of $1.317 million and an interest free
loan allocation of $1.469 million.
 Carleton University and Ottawa University will receive an interest free loan allocation of
$7.55 million and $ 6.863 million respectively.
 The Climate Change Action Plan and carbon market form the backbone of Ontario's strategy
to cut greenhouse gas pollution by 80 per cent by 2050, while investing in programs that
help Ontario families and businesses save money and lower greenhouse gas emissions.


Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan

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