Funding now available through the Recreation Energy Conservation Program

March 14, 2019

Municipalities now have access to funding through the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre (MCCAC) to improve the energy efficiency of recreation facilities across Alberta. Rebates are available to retrofits on arenas, ice rinks, aquatic centres, multiplexes, gyms and more with the Recreation Energy Conservation (REC) program.

Recreation facilities typically use more energy and produce more greenhouse gas emissions than other municipal facilities. Through this funding, municipalities across the province will be able to decrease their environmental footprint, while upgrading their recreation facilities to benefit their communities.

Grant funding will help municipalities transition their recreation facilities to more energy efficient operations. Municipalities qualify for rebates for a scoping audit, an engineering study, and energy efficiency retrofits for a variety of municipally-owned recreation facilities.

All designated municipalities within the province of Alberta are eligible to participate in the REC program. Total funding for the REC program is $9 million. Through this funding, Alberta municipalities can complete scoping audits, engineering studies, and energy efficiency retrofit projects. Total funding available to a single municipality is capped at $750,000 across all REC initiatives.

The REC program, administered by the MCCAC, helps municipalities upgrade facilities, reduce emissions, save energy and costs by becoming more energy efficient. Municipalities that participate in the REC program are leading by example in energy efficiency and we want to help them succeed.

Eligible municipal projects will include:

  • Scoping audit for dry sport centres with a maximum of $8,000
  • Scoping audit for arenas, rinks, aquatic centres and pools with a maximum of $10,000
  • Scoping audit for multiplexes with a maximum of $12,000
  • Engineering studies with a maximum of $20,000
  • Implementation projects are funded up to 75% of costs.

Municipalities are invited to submit a REC Expression of Interest after reviewing the program details. Once the REC Offer Letter is fully executed, project funding is formally committed, and the project may begin.

For more information about the REC program, please review the program web page and the program guidebook.

Register for the REC Webinar on April 10 from 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Inquiries can be directed to the MCCAC by emailing at contact@mccac.ca or by phone at 780-670-4232.