Green Toolbox--Funding Opportunities and Announcements--May - June 2013



Efficiency Nova Scotia is an independent organization that helps Nova Scotians conserve and use energy better. We offer financial incentives for energy efficient upgrades, rebates on energy efficient products, technical assistance and education, and financing options to make it easy and affordable to improve energy efficiency in your municipality.  Here’s how some municipalities have taken advantage of Efficiency Nova Scotia’s offerings:  

Cape Breton Municipality Police Headquarters

CBRM’s Police Headquarters needed to replace their aging air conditioning unit.  Through Efficiency Nova Scotia, the municipality replaced an existing roof top air conditioning unit with a more efficient one and is now saving 90,000 kWh or $9,000 annually.

Kentville Centennial Arena

As part of a wider initiative to improve efficiency across a number of ice rinks in Nova Scotia, Kentville Centennial Arena made significant energy savings.  The facility installed lighting upgrades, including a low-e ceiling over their ice surface, added heat recovery and improved their water treatment.  Their measures saved 171,645 kWh each year resulting in over $14,000 of annual savings.

To find out more about Efficiency Nova Scotia’s programs to help your municipality save energy and money, contact Ericka Wicks, Business Development Manager, at 470-3603 or



Focused on strengthening destination development and the visitor experience, the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency invests in projects that strategically advance the growth of high-quality, competitive destinations, products and experiences that are provincially significant, motivate travel and align with visitor needs. To support goals of the long-term tourism strategy, Tourism Development Investment funding for destination development is focused on two programs:

First Impressions - To support the development of attractive, distinctive and visitor-friendly downtowns and main streets, priority projects will create positive first impressions and meet needs where visitors connect with the heart of Nova Scotian communities. The deadline for this competitive funding process is June 28, 2013. Projects must be completed by March 31, 2014.

Competitive Edge - To attract more first-time visitors, priority is given to projects developing new experiences or projects enhancing market-readiness, visitor experience or quality of existing product in Nova Scotia's most competitive destinations that target high yield markets. Applications are accepted throughout the year, subject to availability of funding. Projects must be completed by March 31, 2014.

For more information, click here,   or contact the Tourism Development Team at or 424-3908.