Project Description

Fairtax is an industry leader in obtaining government funding in Canada. Our dedicated team of Funding Specialists understands the intricacies of government grant and incentive programs, optimally positioning your organization to secure government funding. We cut through the confusion, uncovering the specific financial resources that allow you to focus on growing through innovation, training employees, and taking your operations to the next level.

Climate Action Incentive Fund

Program Overview

The Climate Action Incentive Fund (CAIF) is a new Environment and Climate Change Canada program, delivering up to $218M in its first year (2019-2020). The program is funded from the proceeds of the federal carbon pollution pricing system. The Climate Action Incentive Fund consist of three funding streams to support projects and measures undertaken by small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), municipalities, universities, schools, hospitals (“MUSH sector”), and not-for-profit organizations. These programs are subject to passage of the Budget Implementation Act and subsequent specifications by the Minister of Finance.

Currently, programming for small to medium-sized enterprises is available in provinces that have not committed to their own carbon pollution pricing systems, which includes: Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, and New Brunswick. Eligible recipients will benefit from funding for projects that decrease energy usage, save money, and reduce carbon pollution and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

SME Stream Funding

If your project has been approved and continues to meet all the requirements for funding, ECCC is committed to fund up to a maximum amount of 25% of the total eligible project costs to a maximum of $250,000 per applicant per eligible province. The applicant’s portion can also be comprised of other sources of funding, including those from:

  • Other federal government departments
  • Provincial/territorial governments
  • Municipal governments
  • Industry and/or partners such as:
    • Industry associations and networks
    • Businesses
    • Academia

Examples of Eligible Activities Include:

  • Agricultural retrofits
  • Building retrofits
  • Electricity, energy or fuel production
  • Industrial process improvements
  • Transportation retrofits
  • Waste management

Eligibility Requirements

SME’s in Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and New Brunswick must meet the following criteria:

  • Request more than $20,000 and up to a maximum of $250,000 of the eligible costs per project.
  • Have no more than 500 employees.
  • Propose a project that:
    • Is implemented no earlier than the date of the approval-in-principle notification sent by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) and no later than March 31, 2021.
    • Has a confirmed project site in one of the eligible provinces.
    • Helps your enterprise reduce energy use, costs, and/or GHG emissions associated with its operations.
    • Does not result in your enterprise emitting more GHG emissions from its operations and leads to long-term cost-savings.
    • Aligns with eligible project categories, activities and expenditures.

The SME project stream will remain open for 90 days
after July 17, 2019 or until the funding for this round has been exhausted.


Not sure if your organization qualifies for Government funding? Contact us today at (905) 822-4474 or fill out the form below to schedule a free assessment.

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