Toronto Eco-Roof Incentive Program

The City of Toronto in Ontario, Canada Eco-Roof Incentive Program provides grants to commercial, industrial and institutional property owners to improve the sustainability of Toronto's infrastructure and its resilience to climate change. Financial incentives are provided for the construction of green roofs that support vegetation and cool roofs that reflect the sun's thermal energy. Launched in 2009, the program supports the City's Climate Change Action Plan and complements the City's 'Green Roof Bylaw' and the 'Green Standard' by encouraging owners of existing buildings to retrofit their roofs.

As of 2019, the program remains open and the city's website offers step-by step guides to applying for a green roof or a cool roof grant online. Eligible green roof projects will receive $100 per square meter, and cool roofs can qualify for $2 to $5 per square meter. Priority will be given in the selection process to buildings in areas where urban heat island and storm water management issues are of particular concern.

There are many environmental benefits of eco-roofs. Green roofs help reduce urban heat and associated energy use, which is a particular concern as global temperatures rise. Green roofs also help manage stormwater runoff (reducing the pollutants that enter waterways), enhance biodiversity, improve air quality, and beautify the city. A cool roof is one that reflects the sun’s heat and emits absorbed radiation back into the atmosphere. The roof literally stays cooler and reduces the amount of heat transferred to the building below, keeping the building cooler and at a more constant temperature.

Publication Date: March 2009

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  • City of Toronto; Ontario, Canada

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