GHG Grant Program for Buildings and Industry

The Government of the Northwest Territories’ (GNWT) GHG Grant Program for Buildings and Industry is an application based non-repayable grant program designed to support greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction projects and initiatives for NWT businesses, industry and non-profit organizations.

Funding and resources for this program have been provided jointly by the GNWT in support of the GNWT’s 2030 Energy Strategy, and by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) under the Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund (LCELF) in support of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.

The program is accepting applications on an annual basis over the next three years. The program ends March 31, 2024. Examples of potential projects include:

  • Building energy retrofits
  • Biomass boilers and district heating
  • Renewable energy for space or water heating
  • Fuel switching to lower GHG emissions
  • Waste-to-energy initiatives
  • Methane capture and use
  • Energy retrofits to mobile equipment

Businesses and industry applicants may receive up to 25% of eligible project costs. Non-profit applicants may receive up to 40% of eligible project costs. There is no maximum grant request per applicant, and a single applicant may seek the entire yearly allocation (see Program Guide for grant amount available). However, there may be other competitive applicants requesting funding and the GNWT may choose to support multiple projects over just one.

The GHG Grant Program is designed to fill a gap in funding for larger GHG reduction initiatives. There is a minimum project cost of $100,000 to be eligible for these funds. The GNWT provides smaller grants through the Arctic Energy Alliance (AEA). Contact AEA for more details on smaller grant initiatives (


Current Projects:


Snowshoe Inn Solar Power

Snowshoe Inn, located in Fort Providence, was approved for a grant from the GHG Grant Program for Business and Industry on June 19, 2020.

The project proposal included an off-grid solar panel installation at the Snowshoe Inn site, which will service its connected commercial and residential buildings. The installation was expected to reduce up to 55 tonnes of GHG emissions annually.

The total cost of the project was $117,800; 25 % ($29,450) was funded by the GHG Grant Program. The recipient contributed 75 per cent ($88,350).

This project was completed in Fall 2020.


J&R Mechanical District Heating

On June 29, 2020, J&R Mechanical Ltd was awarded $274,000 under the GHG Grant Program for Buildings and Industry.

Based in Yellowknife, J&R is a 100% Northern-owned plumbing, heating and ventilation contracting company. J&R employs thirty journeymen and apprentice plumbers/pipe fitters, oil burner and sheet metal mechanics, as well as 5th Class power engineer and WETT Certified personnel.

The grant will help fund the installation of a 390-kilowatt wood pellet boiler district heating system behind J&R’s business on Woolgar Avenue that will supply heat to the GNWT Central Warehouse on Byrne Road, with the potential to connect to other private commercial buildings in the area.

This project is expected to defer up to 396 tonnes of CO2e annually. The new system is expected to reduce oil use in the warehouse by about 60,000 litres annually, or ninety percent of current oil use. 

Total cost of the project is expected to be just over one million dollars, with approximately twenty-five percent ($274,000) being covered by the GHG Grant Program.

The project is scheduled to be completed by the Spring of 2021.

How to Apply:

If you have any questions or would like further information about the GHG Grant Program, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions page, or contact the Program Coordinator by email, phone or standard mail.


Phone: 1-867-767-9021, ext, 32026

Standard Mail:

GNWT GHG Grant Coordinator
Energy Division
Department of Infrastructure
Government of the Northwest Territories
P.O. Box 1320
Yellowknife, NT
X1A 2L9