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Ontario funding energy efficiency upgrades

November 8, 2016
By Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Growth

Nov. 8, 2016 - Ontario is launching a new program to help small- and medium-sized businesses reduce emissions and become more energy efficient by investing in process upgrades.

The SMART Green program, a partnership between the government and the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME), is designed to assist businesses to invest in equipment and process upgrades including high-efficiency ovens, dryers, kilns and furnaces.

Upgrades will improve the competitiveness of Ontario’s small- and medium-sized manufacturers, help to reduce their energy consumption, save them money, and help Ontario meet its targets for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction.

“We are pleased to partner with Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters on the SMART Green program. It’s a great way to promote energy efficiency and to help Ontario businesses take advantage of the latest clean technology to stay competitive in a greener global economy,” Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development and Growth, said in a news release.

“We are proud of the significant progress manufacturers have already made on improving energy efficiency and reducing GHGs. The Smart Green program provides an opportunity to continue to invest in measures that will improve the environment, mitigate costs associated with carbon and improve competitiveness. It is a great example of partnership with government that we can build on,” said Ian Howcroft, vice-president of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters Ontario.

Ontario is investing nearly $100 million for projects that support cleantech innovation, create jobs and reduce GHG emissions over six years through the Green Investment Fund.

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