Natural Resources Canada

Natural Resources Canada

January 29, 2012 09:00 ET

Government of Canada Takes Action to Improve Energy Efficiency

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 29, 2012) - The Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources, today announced additional funding of $117 million over three years for the ecoENERGY Efficiency Initiatives. These initiatives will benefit Canadians directly by improving energy efficiency through Canada's building codes, new housing standards, industrial practices, vehicle labels and consumer appliances.

"This investment demonstrates our continuing commitment to advance clean energy technologies and make Canada a world leader in energy efficiency," said Minister Oliver. "Improving energy efficiency saves energy, creates jobs and increases energy security."

This new investment is in addition to an initial $78-million investment announced by Minister Oliver last September, bringing the five-year total for the initiatives to $195 million.

Minister Oliver also announced that the ecoENERGY Retrofit - Homes program has successfully reached its goal of 250,000 registered homeowners. As planned, the program is no longer accepting new registrations.

To help ensure registered homeowners have time to get their post-retrofit evaluations and receive a grant, the Government of Canada is extending the deadline to June 30, 2012, for homeowners to complete post-retrofit evaluations and apply for a grant. All retrofit renovations must still be completed by March 31, 2012.

After launching the ecoENERGY Retrofit - Homes program in 2007, the Government of Canada renewed the program in June 2011 with an investment of $400 million through the Next Phase of Canada's Economic Action Plan.

"The decision to provide time-limited funding demonstrates prudent management by our Government to ensure that we can return to balanced budgets during this time of fiscal constraint," said Minister Oliver.

The following media backgrounder is available: ecoENERGY Efficiency Initiatives

NRCan's news releases and backgrounders are available at www.nrcan.gc.ca/media.

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