MONCTON, NB, May 18, 2018 /CNW/ - Canada and New Brunswick are working together to take climate action and find clean solutions to help Canadians save money, reduce energy waste, create jobs, and support healthy communities.
Today, the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Dominic LeBlanc—on behalf of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna—and New Brunswick's President of the Treasury Board and Minister of Postsecondary Education, Roger Melanson—on behalf of the Minister of Environment and Local Government, Andrew Harvey—and the President and CEO of New Brunswick Power, Gaëtan Thomas, announced a federal investment of almost $51 million to help New Brunswickers make energy-efficient upgrades to their homes, businesses, and industrial operations. This investment is part of further energy-efficiency investments in New Brunswick, which total $234 million.
The Government of Canada's Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund will support New Brunswick Power's Total Home Energy Savings Program as well as programs for commercial and industrial energy efficiency. These programs help cover the cost of home-, commercial-, and industrial-efficiency retrofits across the province.
The Total Home Energy Savings Program will assist homeowners with energy-efficiency changes such as better insulation, home heating systems, heat-recovery ventilators, windows, doors, water heaters, drain-water heat recovery, and renewable-energy systems. The Government of Canada is supporting New Brunswick Power in expanding programming to homeowners that heat their homes with oil.
The program for commercial buildings will help business owners save energy, save money, and make energy-efficient retrofits in commercial buildings, which will have a positive impact on the environmental footprint of New Brunswick businesses.
The New Brunswick Power Energy Smart Industrial Program will provide financial incentives to industries to improve energy efficiency in their operations, which will reduce energy consumption, provide environmental benefits, and save on costs.
As part of New Brunswick's energy-efficiency investments, New Brunswick Power is investing up to $82 million, over the coming five years, into programs for homeowners, businesses, and industries, to support a wide range of projects, including rebates and programs to help families and businesses. The Province of New Brunswick will invest $101 million toward retrofitting government buildings. These investments will help reduce carbon pollution and make life more affordable for people across the province, and they position New Brunswick as a leader in the global fight against climate change.
The Government of Canada's Low-Carbon Economy Leadership Fund is providing $1.4 billion to provinces and territories that have adopted Canada's clean growth and climate action plan, the Pan-Canadian Framework, to deliver on commitments to reduce carbon pollution, protect our environment, create good paying jobs, and strengthen Canada's economy.
"Protecting the environment and growing the economy go hand in hand. Through the Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund, we are supporting provinces and territories to offer programs to help Canadian homeowners, businesses, and industries enhance energy efficiency and create healthier communities. That's why we are investing in New Brunswick's energy-efficiency programs: to assist New Brunswickers save money and energy as wells as reduce carbon pollution while contributing to the sustainable economic growth of their province."
– Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
"New Brunswick homeowners and businesses now have access to efficiency programs to save money, increase their comfort, and help protect the environment. Our efficiency programs deliver direct and measureable benefits to customers, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and create green jobs, which will provide significant stimuli for the New Brunswick economy."
– Gaëtan Thomas, President and CEO of New Brunswick Power
"We are very pleased that such comprehensive programs are being led by the efficiency team at NB Power. These incentives will help homeowners and businesses reach their energy saving goals while reducing our greenhouse gas emissions, helping our industry remain competitive, and relieving pressure on energy-generation needs."
– Roger Melanson, New Brunswick's President of the Treasury Board and Minister of Postsecondary Education, on behalf of the Minister of Environment and Local Government, Andrew Harvey
- The Government of Canada's Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund will help make homes and buildings more efficient, comfortable, and affordable to run; help companies across Canada innovate and access technologies; and help the forest and agriculture sectors to enhance stored carbon in forests and soils.
- Any homeowner can participate in the Total Home Energy Savings Program, regardless of the type of heating they have in their homes.
- The Total Home Energy Savings Program uses Natural Resources Canada's EnerGuide Rating System.
- Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund: what it means for Ontario
- The Low Carbon Economy Fund
- Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change
- New Brunswick's Climate Change Action Plan
- New Brunswick Power Total Home Energy Savings Program
- New Brunswick Power Energy Smart Commercial Buildings Retrofit Program
- New Brunswick Power Energy Smart Industrial Program
SOURCE Environment and Climate Change Canada
For further information: Caroline Thériault, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, 613-462-5473, [email protected]; Anthony Doiron, Communications, Department of Environment and Local Government, 506-444-2447, [email protected]; Media Relations, Environment and Climate Change Canada, 819-938-3338 or 1-844-836-7799 (toll-free), [email protected]