City of Toronto – Eco-Roof Incentive Program: Cool Roofs


The Eco-Roof Incentive Program provides grants to support the installation of green roofs and cool roofs on Toronto homes and buildings.
Green roofs and cool roofs – known collectively as ‘eco-roofs’ – help make Toronto more resilient and better adapted to climate change. A cool roof or white roof is a roofing system with an exterior surface the reflects the sun’s rays and reduces heat build-up from the sun’s thermal energy.

Comments on Funding:

Cool Roof Incentives:

  1. $5 / m2 for a cool roof with a new membrane;
  2. $2 / m2 for a cool roof coating over an existing roof.


Applicants must own:

  • existing residential, industrial, commercial & institutional buildings; 
  • new low-rise residential buildings less than 5 units. 

Applicants must:

Applications are accepted and reviewed on an on-going basis. Applications must be approved prior to commencing any work on the roof. Projects that have started, or are complete, may not be eligible for funding

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must submit:

  1. the completed and compliant Eco-Roof application form;
  2. detailed plans of the proposal showing percentage coverage, cool roof materials and manufacturer documentation and construction details;
  3. a five(5) year maintenance plan and contract or equivalent assurance including:
    a) an annual roof condition assessment and resulting maintenance; all subsequent roof maintenance must meet the cool roof specifications as outlined in the terms and conditions.
    b) at minimum, an annual roof cleaning;
    c) if applicable, re-coating of cool roof spray as per the life expectancy of the material or site conditions;
    d) the inclusion of all maintenance recommendations provided by the manufacturer or materials supplier;
  4. current photo of existing roof;
  5. the manufacturer’s information sheet for the selected cool roof material showing SRI and Emissivity/Thermal Emittance.

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