A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION

Supporting Healthy Sustainable Communities

Since 1998

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Home Energy

Learn how to stay warm and save on energy costs. See if you qualify for home-energy improvement grants

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Business Network

The York Region network of businesses and organizations leading the way in taking action on climate change

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Building Challenge

A friendly York Region competition and opportunity to show-off your building's improved energy efficiency

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Benchmarking Help

Windfall's Benchmarking Help Centre provides expert help to building owners with their EWRB reporting

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Stormwater

Modern solutions to a rising problem. Learn what you can do to protect your property from flooding

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Data Tools

Our latest dashboards provide new insights into 16 years of EnerGuide's home energy evaluation data

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Latest News

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Canada’s universities collaborate on climate action for net zero

The initiative aims to collectively mitigate the impacts of climate change

Canadian academic institutions have come together in a landmark effort to collaboratively develop net-zero energy solutions, opportunities and actions in support of a low-carbon economy, climate adaptation and resilience. The Canada’s universities: Action for net zero initiative, organized by Universities Canada, aims to marshal the collective efforts of its member institutions to effectively mitigate and address climate change and its impacts.

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MPs visit Windfall Centre for climate policies, green retrofits talks

On Friday, March 15, 2024, the Windfall Centre team had the pleasure of having Member of Parliament, Aurora — Oak Ridges — Richmond Hill, Ontario, Leah Taylor Roy, Member of Parliament for Newmarket — Aurora, Tony Van Bynen, and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment & Climate Change, Adam van Koeverden at the Windfall Centre office. During the visit, environmental policies and green retrofits were discussed.

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Canada, FCM Boost Nova Scotia Home Energy Program

Today, March 14, 2024, the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, on behalf of the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, and Scott Pearce, President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), announced an investment of $9.5 million through the Green Municipal Fund to expand the Clean Foundation's Clean Energy Financing program in Nova Scotia.

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Canada unveils next phase for methane excellence centre

Today, March 11, 2024, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, and the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science, and Industry, officially launched Canada's Methane Centre of Excellence and an associated call for proposals for methane emissions measurement and mitigation projects.

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BREAKING: Greener Homes Grants in chaos, layoffs begin

Advocates urge Minister Wilkinson to restore the program

With Canada’s home retrofit industry in chaos, consumers abandoning ship, and emissions in housing still falling far too slowly, two separate sign-on letters are urging Energy and Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson to restore funding for the popular Canada Greener Homes grant program.

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Government to establish next phase of Greener Homes Grant

The initiative will help more Canadians save on their energy bills

Building on the success of the program and in response to evolving needs, the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, announced that the federal government will establish a new phase of the Canada Greener Homes Initiative.

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Government launches climate change public engagement process

Public opinion will inform Canada's 2035 national GHG emissions target

On Friday, February 2, Environment and Climate Change Canada launched a public engagement process to hear the opinions of Canadians and Indigenous peoples across the country to inform setting Canada's 2035 national greenhouse gas emissions target. This important step is mandated under the Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act and Canada’s international obligations under the Paris Agreement.

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Durham Region launches the Durham Greener Buildings Program

The groundbreaking initiative was launched in partnership with Windfall Centre

On January, 24, 2024, the Regional Municipality of Durham, in partnership with Windfall Ecology Centre, launched the Durham Greener Buildings Program, a benchmarking and disclosure program that will support building owners participating in the provincial Energy and Water Reporting Benchmarking (EWRB) program by helping them to measure, report and take action on efficiency and conservation opportunities.

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Must Watch: Beware of false solutions to climate change

Environmental Defence brings awareness to false solutions to climate crisis

Big Oil Oil & gas companies want $billions for carbon capture & hydrogen – two false solutions to the climate crisis that won’t do much to reduce emissions but will allow the industry to continue to pump out polluting fossil fuels.

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Canada launches new Indigenous climate action fund

The Canadian government has launched a new program that will dole out up to $180 million to support Indigenous-owned and led renewable energy, energy efficiency, and low-carbon heating projects. The Indigenous Leadership Fund was developed in collaboration with First Nations representatives, Inuit organizations, and Métis governments, Environment and Climate Change Canada said in a news release.

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GCC releases Collective Impact Report for 2022-2023

In 2022, Green Communities Canada (GCC) worked with its 22 member organizations which includes Windfall Centre, to establish key metrics that could be collectively shared for the purpose of delivering equitable climate solutions that address the vulnerabilities and opportunities in their communities.

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Lower your home energy bills with a heat pump

Durham Greener Homes' new incentives promote heat pumps affordability

Energy-conscious homeowners are constantly looking for cost-effective ways to reduce their energy bills and get the most out of their home retrofit upgrades. If you're one of them, there are several reasons why you should consider a heat pump.

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Windfall in the Community

Windfall Harvest Festival

On September 24 at Sheppard's Bush in Aurora, in celebration of Canada's and Ontario's 150th birthday, Windfall Ecology Centre hosted the Windfall Harvest Festival... A Celebration of Diversity: Food, Land and People. The festival featured First Nations dance and drumming, pioneer life reenactments, celebrity chefs, food sampling, nature walks, kids Nature Play and many more family activities.

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Windfall Ecology Centre is located on the traditional territories of the Wendat, Haudeno-saunee, and the Anishinaabe peoples and the treaty land of the Williams Treaties First Nations and other Indigenous peoples whose presence here continues to this day. We thank them for sharing this land with us.

We acknowledge the contributions and historic importance of Indigenous people to this place and our collective commitment to make the promise and the challenge of Truth and Reconciliation real in our community.

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Windfall Centre Volunteers

As a non-profit organization we are supported by people just like you. If you would like to get involved in working towards sustainable communities and creating new opportunities for our youth... Consider joining us as a volunteer or making a donation to ensure we can continue and expand our programs focused on sustainability and climate change mitigation.