The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) has joined eight other regional and municipal governments across British Columbia (BC) to receive up to $400,000 in funding from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program for the Transition 2050 Residential Retrofit Acceleration Project (T2050 project).

BC’s Climate Change Accountability Act aims to reduce the province’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by at least 40 per cent below 2007 levels by 2030, 60 per cent by 2040, and 80 per cent by 2050. The Regional Growth Strategy (RGS) and Comox Valley Sustainability Strategy adopted the same targets. The purpose of the T2050 project is to accelerate building energy retrofits as one of many strategies to reduce community GHG emissions and bring the CVRD closer to the climate action goals in the RGS.

Project Goal

To encourage government and industry collaboration to accelerate energy and carbon reduction strategies. The project will also establish a clear course to achieve medium-term and 2050 targets for home energy retrofits.

Project Deliverables

CVRD Residential Retrofit Market Acceleration Strategy

  • Strategy seeks to identify actions to accelerate energy-saving improvements to homes that will help reduce the emissions associated with fossil fuels home energy systems, which helps the CVRD achieve its RGS climate action goals.
  • Developed with input from local government Transition 2050 project partners and over one hundred businesses who provide home energy retrofit services in the region.
  • Strategy identifies opportunities for upgrading from oil and gas heating systems to air source heat pumps, upgrading building envelopes, increasing retrofit industry capacity and improving energy efficiency in electrically heated homes.
  • CVRD Residential Retrofit Market Acceleration Strategy is available now.

Incentive support and promotion of CleanBC programs and rebates:

  • CleanBC was created by the Province in 2019 to identify how to achieve the GHG reduction targets identified in the 2019 BC Climate Change Accountability Act (CCAA). CleanBC identifies building better buildings as a key objective to achieving its goal of reducing GHGs by providing continued program, policy and incentive support. For more details on the CVRD’s rebates and provincial incentive programs, visit https://betterhomesbc.ca/
  • The CVRD provides additional financial support to the following CleanBC rebate programs including:
    • CVRD Heat Pump Top Up
    • CVRD Energuide Home Evaluation Top Up
  • The CVRD communicates with residents about the CleanBC rebate programs available by providing print materials at the CVRD building, cross promotion through the Wood Smoke Reduction Program and promotion of rebate information on the CVRD website Peer learning and education. 
  • CVRD in partnership with City Green hosted a residential retrofit rebate program promotional event in Fall 2019 to educate and build the capacity amongst local industry stakeholders needed to meet the residential retrofit acceleration targets.
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