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August 17, 2009
Eco-Roof Incentive Program - application deadline September 11 Program promotes green and cool roofs on industrial, commercial and institutional properties
The City of Toronto is inviting owners of industrial, commercial and institutional properties to submit an application for funding from the Eco-Roof Incentive Program. The program, which is open to properties that retrofit their buildings with green or cool roof technologies, closes September 11, 2009.

The Eco-Roof Incentive program is a new initiative in 2009, created as a way to encourage Toronto’s business community to become more environmentally sustainable and better adapted to climate change.

Owners who install a green roof, a surface that supports the growth of vegetation, can apply for $50 per square metre up to a maximum of $100,000. Cool roofs, which feature a membrane or coating designed to reflect the sun’s rays, are eligible for $5 per square metre to a maximum of $50,000.

“The Eco-Roof Incentive Program is one more way that we are working in partnership with our community to clean our air and create a more sustainable future,” said Toronto Mayor David Miller. “Eco-roofs not only beautify our city, they bring many other benefits, including a reduction in greenhouse gases and smog-causing emissions produced when we heat and cool our buildings.”

According to a study completed by Ryerson University, widespread implementation of green roofs in Toronto will result in significant economic benefits for the city. In particular, it could save the City between $40 million and $120 million in stormwater infrastructure costs, and will also help to mitigate the urban heat island effect, leading to the lowering of local ambient temperatures of up to two degrees Celsius.

The Eco-Roof Incentive Program builds on Toronto’s successful green roof strategy, adopted by Council in 2006, and is part of the City’s Climate Change, Clean Air and Sustainable Energy Action Plan, which targets an 80 per cent reduction in Toronto’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

Toronto City Council also recently adopted the Toronto Green Roof Bylaw to take effect in January 2010, the first bylaw in North America to govern the construction of green roofs on all new developments.

Grants for the Eco-Roof Incentive Program will be awarded twice a year - once in the spring and once in the fall. The City of Toronto recently announced the successful projects from the first round of applications: 22 projects, including five in the targeted employment districts, were awarded a total of $500,000.

Projects currently under construction include:
• A 704-square-metre green roof on software maker ESRI Canada (employment lands near the Don Valley Parkway and Eglinton Avenue), with future plans to add solar panels to the remaining portion of the roof
• A highly visible 630 sq m native grassland and rooftop wetland located on the downtown YMCA building
• A 975 sq m urban agricultural garden and native species meadow on the Carrot Commons (located on the Danforth between Broadview and Pape Avenues)
• An 882 sq m green roof on the Wexford Heights Mall (Lawrence and Warden employment lands)
• A 5008 sq m cool roof on the Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club (Wilson and Avenue Road)
• Two cool roof projects in the Tapscott employment area (Markham and Finch) totaling 9400 sq m.

For more information about the Eco-Roof Incentive Program, including eligibility criteria, past projects and how to apply for funding, visit

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Mike Mulqueen, Senior Environmental Planner, Toronto Environment Office, City of Toronto, 416-338-5373,



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