BSG Articles


Economists in Support of Canadian Carbon Tax
Published on November 02, 2018

The new federally regulated carbon tax is receiving support from economists, as many agree it is a cost-effective and efficient way for Canada to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. 

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EnerGuide is Growing and Can be Found in Homes Too
Published on November 01, 2018

The Government of Canada currently has an official rating system that labels and displays the energy consumption or efficiency of products such as: vehicles, appliances, as well as heating and cooling equipment, but it is also becoming more prevalent in homes as well.

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Improvement Seen in GTA New Home Market
Published on October 31, 2018

According to the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD), the new home market in the GTA saw an increase of both new project openings and new home sales during the month of September. Altus Group, BILD’s official source of intelligence for the new home market, has noted that the 1,747 new homes sold in September is a significant increase from the 974 new homes sold in August.

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B.C. Needs to Take Action Toward Improving Home Efficiency
Published on October 31, 2018

According to the Pembina Institute, British Columbia needs to reduce the amount of carbon pollution that comes from homes and buildings in order to meet the province’s climate targets. The B.C. Energy Step Code, and the city of Vancouver’s Renewable City Action Plan and Zero Emissions Building Plan share a common goal of creating new homes to be more energy efficient.

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New Energy-Efficient Fleet Maintenance Garage Begins Construction
Published on October 30, 2018

The city of Kingston has begun construction on a new fleet maintenance garage that is set to achieve Silver certification from Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), meaning that it will reach the required level of energy efficiency and environmental friendliness specified by LEED.

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New Federal Pollution Pricing System for 2019
Published on October 30, 2018

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently announced that there will be a federal pollution pricing system put in place in Ontario, New Brunswick, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan in 2019. The proceeds generated from the new pollution pricing system will be returned directly to the people in their respective provinces.

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Toronto Offering Loans for Home Efficiency Upgrades
Published on October 26, 2018

Dervish Mitrovica, a homeowner of a semi-detached home in Toronto’s east end, has been undertaking renovation and restoration projects in his home over the last three years. With the City of Toronto’s Home Energy Loan Program (H.E.L.P), Mitrovica has been able to afford the energy efficiency upgrades that work to improve his at-home comfort and reduce his home’s energy usage.

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Federal Government Invests in Renewable Energy Supermarket
Published on October 25, 2018

A new Longo’s supermarket will soon be opening in Stouffville Ontario, and is receiving $1.4 million from Natural Resources Canada’s Energy Innovation Program, in order to make it the first Near Net Zero Energy (NZE) supermarket in Canada.

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The Province’s HRRP Now Offers New Eligibility, New Territories, & New Incentives.

There’s great news for homeowners who are planning to do residential renovations or upgrades! The Ontario Government has significantly enhanced the province’s Home Reno Rebate Program. And the bottom line for homeowners - higher rebates! By doing renovations or upgrades that will improve a home’s energy efficiency, homeowners may be eligible for substantial rebates of up to $5,000 from Union Gas. Simply put, there are long-term payoffs with an energy efficient home.

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