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Cutting pollution and making life more affordable: Government of Canada announces $101.7 million to switch to cleaner energy in Nova Scotia

 ANTIGONISH, NS, June 30, 2023 /CNW/ - Canadians are calling for action to fight climate change in a way that will build a strong economy, keep life affordable, and ensure clean air for our communities.

Today, the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship and Member of Parliament for Central Nova, Nova Scotia, on behalf of the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, announced a federal investment of up to $101.7 million from Canada's Low Carbon Economy Fund to reduce energy costs and support climate action, building a strong economy in Nova Scotia. 

The funding will be divided into two parts: 

The federal government is working closely with Nova Scotia to finalize an agreement on the delivery of this funding.

This funding is in addition to other Government of Canada efficiency programs, including Natural Resources Canada's Oil to Heat Pump Affordability Program, in which eligible homeowners with low-to-moderate incomes can receive up to $10,000 in federal support when including funding available from the Canada Greener Homes Grant. These two programs, delivered locally through EfficiencyOne, have supported the installation of over 10,000 heat pumps in Atlantic Canada, with 2,342 installed in Nova Scotia. 

The Low Carbon Economy Fund has already supported projects in Nova Scotia that include home energy assessments, energy-efficient equipment rebates for homes, smart thermostat installation, solar electricity panel installation, green heat systems installation, and solar photo voltaic electrification of Mi'kmaq First Nation communities.


"This investment will help Nova Scotians live low-carbon lifestyles by using green technologies and decreasing reliance on home heating oil. We are helping families keep more money in their pockets while keeping harmful emissions out of our air, and all while seeing sustainable job growth across the country."
? The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

"The Government of Canada is helping Nova Scotians save money on their utility bills while enhancing their home's energy efficiency. Today's investment builds on the progress of our Oil to Heat Pump Affordability Program and the Greener Homes Initiative, which have supported thousands of Canadian households to make the switch to an electric heat pump."
? The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources

"Nova Scotia is a national leader in fighting climate change and in energy efficiency programs. Through our partner, Efficiency Nova Scotia, we help Nova Scotians move away from oil heat and use less energy. We invested $140 million in December to further these programs and appreciate the contributions that our federal partners have made. Together, we expect our funding will help about 13,500 low-income households and 30,000 mid-income households over three years."
?  The Honourable Tory Rushton, Minister of Natural Resources and Renewables for Nova Scotia

"The support provided through the Low Carbon Economy Fund is vital for small communities in Nova Scotia like Antigonish. We will see individual homeowners' benefit, as well as larger provincial organizations who are leading the way in helping Nova Scotians reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. Investments like this bring us a significant step forward in our collective efforts to meet our climate change objectives, and to bring us closer to becoming a net-zero community."
?  Mayor Laurie Boucher, Town of Antigonish

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