The governments of Canada and Nunavut are working together to take action on climate change, helping residents save money while they improve energy efficiency.
Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, announced a federal investment of almost $12 million that will go toward energy efficiency retrofits for Nunavut’s public housing and the installation of new district heating systems in the communities of Sanikiluaq and Taloyoak.
Under the Government of Canada’s Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund, Nunavut is eligible to receive $31 million for programs that reduce carbon pollution and strengthen the economy.
Through the Nunavut Housing Corporation, housing retrofits will include new insulation, weather stripping, window and door replacements, as well as hot-water tank and furnace upgrades. These projects will result in improved air quality and reduced maintenance costs, and they will extend the lives of almost 1000 housing units.
The communities of Sanikiluaq and Taloyoak will benefit from new district heating systems that will help reduce the territory’s diesel-fuel consumption and cut carbon emissions. The new systems are designed to capture residual heat from power generation and provide space and hot-water heating to nearby commercial and institutional buildings. These systems will allow customers to save on energy costs and further extend the life of their heating equipment.
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 well-paying jobs and strengthen Canada’s economy.