Climate Action Incentive Fund for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

The Government of Canada's Climate Action Incentive Fund (CAIF) SME Project stream provides support to small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) for retrofit projects in sectors such as Building, Transportation, Industry, Waste, Agriculture, and more.


Govenerment of Canada Climate Action Incentive Fund: Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises Project stream

The Climate Action Incentive Fund (CAIF) SME Project stream provides support to small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) for retrofit projects in sectors such as Building, Transportation, Industry, Waste, Agriculture, and more.

The CAIF program is available to applicants operating in the provinces of Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, and New Brunswick.

Application period

90 days starting July 17, 2019, or until funding exhausted.

Eligible recipients

  • Small-sized incorporated enterprises of 1-99 employees
  • Medium-sized incorporated enterprises of 100-499 employees

(Note: Participants in the Output-Based Pricing System are not eligible.)

Eligible rebate amount

  • Up to 25% of project’s total eligible costs
  • No less than $20,000 CAD and no more than $250,000 CAD per project and per recipient
  • A $250,000 CAD funding cap will apply to the group of applicant franchisees who operate under the same franchise trade name in each eligible province

Eligible project categories (non-exhaustive) and sample activities

Agricultural retrofits

  • Changes to agricultural processes to improve energy efficiency
  • Fuel switching to lower emitting energy sources in agricultural operations
  • Other energy efficiency measures in the agricultural sector

Building retrofits

  • Enhancements to building envelope (with direct energy savings), including energy efficient windows/doors/skylights, increased insulation, weatherproofing, and glazing
  • Energy efficient lighting system
  • Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment/systems/controls
  • Water heating retrofits, including high efficiency condensing water heating
  • High-efficiency motors and controls
  • Energy management controls, including building automation systems
  • Fuel switching to lower emitting energy sources in existing buildings

Electricity, energy or fuel production

  • District energy (heating and/or cooling)
  • Combined heat and power for own use
  • Renewable energy systems (e.g. solar photovoltaic, wind energy, micro-hydro, stand-alone storage systems) on-site and for own-use
  • Low-emission fuel production for own-use

Industrial process improvements

  • Retrofitting and upgrading of existing equipment used for industrial processes
  • Fuel switching to lower emitting energy sources
  • Process changes
  • Waste-heat recovery

Transportation retrofits

  • Heavy-duty vehicle retrofits, including energy efficiency and/or fuel switching to lower emitting sources
  • Marine vehicle retrofits, including energy efficiency and/or fuel switching to lower emitting sources

Waste

  • Energy efficiency measures in waste management

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Application Guide: Preview the Applicant Guide

Important: The act of submitting an Application Form and Application Certification does not guarantee selection nor provision of funding under the Climate Action Incentive Fund SMEs Project stream.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Information Sessions

WebEx presentation on the application process for the Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME) Project stream

Date: Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. EST
Meeting link: https://gts-ee.webex.com/gts-ee/j.php?MTID=m2b254a1cd61983b19c50d511a6ff167f
Meeting number: 559 117 965
Toll-free dial-in number (Canada/US): 1-866-206-0153
Local dial-in number: 613-954-9003
Participant dial-in passcode: 1074396#

Note that due to platform constraints, meeting capacity is approximately 200 participants. If you are unable to join the teleconference, you are encouraged to participate in one of the Question and Answer sessions scheduled at later dates below.

Question and answer teleconference session

Date: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. EST
Meeting link: https://gts-ee.webex.com/gts-ee/j.php?MTID=m3453242c4d9a6df008121f9c6564af59
Meeting number: 557 229 593
Toll-free dial-in number (Canada/US): 1-866-206-0153
Local dial-in number: 613-954-9003
Participant dial-in passcode: 6199894#

Question and answer teleconference session

Date: Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. EST
Meeting link: https://gts-ee.webex.com/gts-ee/j.php?MTID=m4ea89b6b43aca9e98e62e5a691c493e6
Meeting number: 557 204 921
Toll-free dial-in number (Canada/US): 1-866-206-0153
Local dial-in number: 613-954-9003
Participant dial-in passcode: 6199894#

Question and answer teleconference session

Date: Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. EST
Meeting link: https://gts-ee.webex.com/gts-ee/j.php?MTID=m5193cf24825c1495cf8128c2646e8413
Meeting number: 556 388 616
Toll-free dial-in number (Canada/US): 1-866-206-0153
Local dial-in number: 613-954-9003
Participant dial-in passcode: 6199894#