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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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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


Windfall Centre launches Virtual Home Energy Assessment Tool

vHEAT: Cutting-edge AI-powered tool transforming home energy assessment

Windfall Centre has launched its AI-powered Virtual Home Energy Assessment Tool, vHEAT, reinforcing its unwavering commitment to designing and delivering innovative home energy solutions. The interactive user-friendly tool aims to engage homeowners in monitoring, understanding and getting custom recommendations to improve their home energy efficiency from the comfort of their homes. See full news release.

vHEAT for Durham residents

Climate Change impacts companies' profits - KPMG Survey

A new KPMG survey of 350 Canadian business owners and executives, released on Wednesday, July 17 found 56 per cent had seen profits affected last year by extreme weather events made more likely by climate change, whether it was forest fires, flooding or extreme heat. Read the full report.

Ontario, others lag behind in new climate performance report

The good news is that Canada’s climate policies are beginning to work. A new report published on Wednesday, July 3, 'All Together Now: A provincial scorecard on shared responsibility to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Canada' assesses the performance of Canada’s federal and provincial governments against a set of 23 energy and climate policy indicators.

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Canada’s 2023 wildfires make international headlines

New analysis shows the wildfires had massive effect on GHG emission

The nation's Wildfires Released Nearly 4 Times More Carbon than Global Aviation!

Canada’s 2023 wildfires caused billions of dollars in property damage, displacing thousands of people from their homes, and spewing air pollution that traveled as far as Europe and China.

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Government supports bill to advance environmental justice

On Friday, June 21, the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, welcomed the Royal Assent of Bill C-226 – An Act Respecting the Development of a National Strategy to Assess, Prevent and Address Environmental Racism and to Advance Environmental Justice, which was introduced by Elizabeth May, Member of Parliament for Saanich—Gulf Islands, British Columbia.

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Federal government adopts Bill C-50, the Sustainable Jobs Act

Canada is embracing the opportunities of a low-carbon future by passing the Sustainable Jobs Act, Bill C-50. Thanks to this bill, workers and communities impacted by the energy transition will be given the tools they need to succeed in the green economy.

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MPs visit Windfall Centre ,talk climate policies, green retrofits

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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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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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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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.

Come on out and join us...

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.