More Than $34 Million Invested to Make Thunder Bay Greener

Reducing our carbon footprint and lowering heating bills


May 8, 2018


Ontario is leading the fight against climate change and investing in projects in Thunder Bay that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As part of the government’s Climate Change Action Plan, Ontario is investing cap and trade proceeds back into projects that fight climate change. To date, a total of $34,155,649 has been invested in number of local projects funded through the Green Investment Fund.

Greenhouse Gas Campus Retrofits Program

Ontario is reducing greenhouse gas pollution and supporting student achievement by investing in energy improvements at college and university campuses across the province. Lakehead University and Confederation College are receiving a total of $16.1 million to reduce energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and operating costs.

Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (School Retrofits)

We are helping schools lower their energy costs and improve their buildings to create cleaner and less expensive facilities. These investments mean more students can benefit from cleaner and healthier learning environments, and so school buildings across the province can reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. The Lakehead District School Board and the Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board are receiving $1.36 million for project upgrades that include solar panels, energy-efficient boilers, new windows and L-E-D lighting systems.

Municipal Challenge Fund

We are supporting municipalities in developing climate change projects to reduce greenhouse gas pollution. The City of Thunder Bay is received $1.84 million for its Facility Energy Efficiency Retrofit Project. This comprehensive retrofit project will amalgamate energy management recommendations with an Asset Management Plan for seven separate municipal facilities. By implementing the recommendations presented within the energy audits, the synergies between the energy efficiencies can be maximized reducing not only energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions but total operating and maintenance costs within the municipality.

Social Housing Apartment Retrofit Program

The District of Thunder Bay Social Services Administration Board received $2.5 million to renovate large social housing apartment buildings to reduce greenhouse gas pollution and improve living conditions for tenants.

Social Housing Apartment Improvement Program

The District of Thunder Bay Social Services Administration received $12.35 million for improvements to high-rise social housing apartment buildings over four years to cut greenhouse gas pollution, save money and increase tenant comfort.

Green Ontario Fund

Through the Green Ontario Fund, Ontario is also helping households reduce their emissions, use less energy and save more money by investing in home energy retrofits, social housing, and electric vehicle (EV) incentives and infrastructure, and by establishing a green bank to deploy low carbon energy systems in homes.

Rebates will cover:

  • Up to $7,200 off new insulation and a $100 rebate for air sealing
  • Up to $20,000 to install ENERGY STAR certified ground source heat pumps (home geothermal) or up to $4,500 to repair existing heat pump systems
  • Up to $5,800 off air source heat pumps that are ENERGY STAR certified or meet program requirements
  • Up to $5,000 for replacement windows that meet program requirements

In addition to the renovation rebates, homeowners and tenants can access a $100 smart thermostat rebate through a partnership with Save on Energy.

The province is also supporting industries and manufacturers that transform their operations and reliance on carbon-based fuels and peak electricity, while creating good jobs in the clean-tech sector.

Ontario is also helping small and medium-sized businesses reduce greenhouse gas pollution and become more energy efficient. The plan includes actions that focus on climate change solutions in seven main sectors, including transportation, buildings and homes, land-use planning, industry and business, collaboration with First Nation and Métis communities, research and development, government, and agriculture, forests and lands. Actions in this plan will help Ontarians in northern Ontario reduce their carbon footprint and lower their household bills.


“Our Climate Change Action Plan is reducing greenhouse gas pollution and investing in our community through energy improvements for homes, schools, municipal buildings, colleges, universities and hospitals. Ontario’s cap and trade system has generated approximately $2.3 billion and the government is investing every penny into projects that prevent, reduce or support the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.”

— Bill Mauro, MPP for Thunder Bay-Atikokan

“Fighting climate change now is essential to providing a brighter and greener future for our next generations. I am proud that our government is investing $2.3 billion in projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the province, with over $34 million being invested in Thunder Bay alone”

— Michael Gravelle, MPP for Thunder Bay-Superior North

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