Ontario Manufacturers & Exporters can receive a non-repayable grant of up to $200,000 for projects that will reduce Greenhouse gas emissions through the new Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME) Green Smart program, scheduled to open November 2016.
The $25M CME Green SMART program is part of Ontario’s new $325-million Green Investment Fund. If your company is implementing capital investment projects that will generate greenhouse emission reductions, leverage energy-efficient technologies, and follow best practices through process and/or product improvements, you may be eligible for a non-repayable grant up to 50% of eligible projects costs (up to $200,000) through the CME Green Smart program.
- Minimum of 10 full time employees.
- Fewer than 25,000 tonnes per year of annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
- Not participating in Ontario’s Cap & Trade program.
- Companies with more than one facility may apply for funding for one project per facility for a maximum of 5 facilities up to $500,000.
- The project must:
- Support reduction in GHG intensity and/or avoidance through upgrades to process/production equipment, or
- Involve implementation productivity improvements, which in turn lead to lower GHG emissions on a gross or per-production unit basis.
- The project must be associated to the manufacturing process and cannot be a “comfort” upgrade (i.e. lighting, heating and cooling) that is not related to production.
- A technical project assessment form will be required that includes a report of current (pre-project) GHG emissions, followed by a 12 month post-implementation verification that demonstrates GHG reduction.
The CME Green SMART application intake is expected to open on November 1, 2016 through the online system . This program will support approximately 110 projects in Ontario.