Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Canadian Provincial Government Green Incentives: Centre

The province of Ontario has unveiled the Next Generation Jobs Fund which will make $650 million available to companies looking to invest in the development of clean cars, clean fuels, and renewable technologies and products. The province is also behind other recent clean and renewable initiatives including: A $10 million investment with Roxul Inc. to support the development of new commercial, industrial and residential insulation products that use recycled scrap material from the steel and construction industries. A $1.6 million investment with wood composite manufacturer Flakeboard Company that will feature a biomass combustion system that will help reduce gas consumption. A $235 million investment in General Motors that includes the development of fuel-efficient cylinder deactivation engine technology and the production of 100 prototype fuel cell-equipped Chevrolet Equinoxes. A $21 million investment to help Queen's University create its Advanced Research and Innovation Centre that specializes in bio-processing and biomaterials. A $6 million investment in the Ontario BioAuto Council to help move emerging technologies into the marketplace. And $6 million to support Lakehead University in working to ensure the sustainable development of Ontario's boreal forest.

Ontario has a point-of-sale retail sales tax exemption for decorative light strings, ENERGY STAR qualified light bulbs, refrigerators, dishwashers, clothes washers, freezers, dehumidifiers and room air conditioners (purchased, rented or leased). Full details can be found on the Government of Ontario's Web site.

Ontario Government Environment (Natural Resources)

The government of Quebec has increased the maximum PST refund to $2,000 on any sale or long-term lease of a new hybrid vehicle (combined with the federal rebate this amounts to a $4000). Gaz Métro offers financial incentives on the purchase of qualified ENERGY STAR hot air furnace, boiler and programmable electronic thermostat. The Energy Efficiency Fund will offer owners of residences supplied by Gaz Métro for heating purposes a $5 per square feet rebate with the purchase of high energy efficiency ENERGY STAR windows and sliding doors.

ENERGY STAR qualified compact fluorescent bulbs. Until April 30, 2009, Hydro-Québec is offering a mail-in rebate on eligible brands of ENERGY STAR qualified compact fluorescent light bulbs. ENERGY STAR qualified lighting fixtures. Hydro-Québec is offering a mail-in rebate on eligible brands of ENERGY STAR qualified lighting fixtures. Visit the Lighting section of Hydro-Québec's Web site for the list of eligible brands, the rebate coupon and the terms and conditions.

Hydro-Québec is offering mail-in rebates on the purchase of a new ENERGY STAR qualified clothes washer, refrigerator and freezer (Valid until December 31, 2008)

Quebec Government Environment (Natural Resources)

Next: Canadian Provincial Government Incentives: ATLANTIC, NORTH / Canadian Municipal Government Green Incentives

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