Help shape the City’s Climate Resiliency Strategy
The City is developing a Climate Resiliency Strategy to assess how Ottawa is vulnerable to climate change and identify strategies to adapt to future conditions and mitigate the greatest climate risks.
Ottawa will become much warmer over the coming decades, with more intense rainfall and more extreme events. This will impact our health and safety, infrastructure, economy and the environment. We need to make sure we are ready to deal with the impacts.
In this first phase of engagement, we’re looking for your input on:
- What climate impacts you are most concerned about
- How climate change is affecting you
- How we can help you prepare for the future
Your input will help us develop a strategy that meets the needs of everyone in Ottawa.
The Climate Resiliency Strategy will go hand in hand with Energy Evolution, the City’s strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
If you would like to receive updates on the Climate Resiliency Strategy and other climate change news subscribe to the climate change e-newsletter.
Better Homes Loan Program
The City was successful in receiving $12,169,500 of funding from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities for a Better Homes Loan Program to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Ottawa.
The Better Homes Loan Program will make it easier and more affordable for homeowners to pay for home improvements over time as they save on their energy bills. Through the proposed Better Homes Loan Program, Ottawa homeowners could get a low-interest loan of up to 10 per cent of the current value of their home to cover the cost of home energy improvements. The loan would be tied to the property not the owner. This means that if the home is sold before the loan is repaid, the new owner will assume the balance of the loan.
Although the details of the program are still being developed and subject to change, measures eligible for financing will likely include:
- Basement, attic and exterior wall insulation
- Air sealing (such as weather stripping or caulking)
- Window and door replacements
- Air and ground source heat pumps
- Solar hot water systems
- Solar photovoltaic systems
- Battery storage
- Electric vehicle charging stations (level 2)
The final program details will be announced in the coming months. If you would like to receive updates on this program and other climate change news subscribe to the climate change e-newsletter.