Maurice
Posted: February 11, 2022

Amount:

No Fixed Amount

Type of Program:

Grant


Description:

The Capacity Buyback program encourages and rewards commercial and institutional organizations by:

  1. 1
    offering a free water audit to help identify ways to reduce water use;
  2. 2
    rewarding participants that implement permanent water-saving measures with a one-time cash rebate of up to 30 cents per litre of water saved per average day;
  3. 3
    helping participants save money over the long-term with reduced water bills.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is a one-time cash rebate of up to 30 cents per litre of water saved per average day


When It Ends:

Ongoing

Deadline:

Rolling deadline

Eligibility:

Applicants must:

  • be commercial and institutional organizations.
  • be located in the City of Toronto;
  • have a water account with the City; and
  • be classified as a commercial or institutional building according to tax records (e.g. office, retail outlet, hotel, hospital, warehouse, government, school, etc.) 

Water efficiency upgrades eligible under the program are:

  • cooling towers;
  • boilers;
  • refrigeration equipment;
  • food service equipment;
  • process equipment and other site-specific water-saving measures (i.e. grey water reuse, rain water harvesting systems).

Applications Steps:

1

let the City know they are interested in the program by calling at 416-392-7000 or sending an email at savewater@toronto.ca

2

discuss the eligibility when contacted by the City. If applicants meet the criteria, the City will arrange to have a professional engineer complete a thorough walkthrough and review of the organization’s water use. Based on the visit, an engineer will develop a detailed water audit report that will include a list of eligible process or equipment changes your organization can make and the estimated savings you can expect.

3

review the report and execute some or all of the water-saving recommendations.

4

fill out the Notice of Completion form PDF and email it to savewater@toronto.ca once they have implemented some or all of your water efficiency measures. After each verification, the City will present your organization with a cheque for up to 30 cents per litre of water saved per average day.

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must submit:

  1. 1
     the completed and signed Notice of Completion form PDF;
  2. 2
    a detailed technical report that includes:
  • water consumption profile for the site;
  • identification of water saving opportunities for existing equipment/processes; and
  • data to support water savings in each of the water efficiency measures described above.

Other Things to Note:

In 2020, an organization that reduces water use by 10,000 litres (10 m3) a day could receive:

  1. 1
    A free water audit;
  2. 2
    $3,000 one-time program incentive (10,000 L x $.30);
  3. 3
    $14,868 annual water bill savings (10 m3 x 365 x $4.0735, current water rate). 

About the author 

Maurice

Maurice (Moe) Muise learned the ins-and-outs of government while an employee of the Government of Canada in Ottawa for 10 years. His current focus is helping small businesses in Ontario to identify and maximize government grants to grow their business.
Click here to learn more about Moe's background and how he can help your business.

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