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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Don't miss 'The Windfall Protocol' free webinar

A digital infrastructure to accelerate building retrofits and energy efficiency

Date and Time: June 14, 2024 at 12: 00 pm

Speakers: Brent Kopperson, Michael Lewkowitz, and Ian McVey

Efficiency Canada is hosting a FREE webinar on 'The Windfall Protocol', a groundbreaking blockchain-based project developed by Windfall Ecology Centre, Possibilian, BlockScience, and SuperBenefit. This game-changing infrastructure will facilitate energy efficiency labelling and data sharing for residential and commercial buildings to accelerate building retrofits.

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Canada invests $3M in climate change adaptation research

Two McGill-led climate change mitigation projects receive funding

On Monday June 3 ,2024, more than $92 million in funding through the New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) to support 165 Canadian-led research projects through two initiatives: the 2023 International Joint Initiative for Research in Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation, and the 2023 Exploration competition, was announced.

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Ontario's carbon emissions jump back to pre-pandemic levels

New figures show Ontario's greenhouse gas emissions jumped for a second straight year, following a pandemic-induced plunge, and have risen back to the level they were before Premier Doug Ford's government came to power.

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Windfall Centre’s rain barrel sale is back!

Now in York and Durham Region

Enjoy Great Savings on Rain Barrels for as low as $65 and Grow Healthy Rain Gardens

Order online, get it delivered to your door!

Windfall Centre's fundraising rain barrel sale is back again. This year, sales have been extended to Durham Region. Enjoy free home delivery on all rain barrels and accompanying accessories to all of York and Durham Region! A flat fee of $20 will be charged if only accessories are purchased. Delivery begins the week of June 17, 2024

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New report reveals climate change will make you poorer

An estimated 19% drop in global income over just the next 26 years looms

According to the United Nations, the world is heading toward a gain of nearly 3 degrees of global warming in the next century, even with current climate policies and goals – and researchers say individuals could bear the economic burden. The researchers said financial pain in the short-term is inevitable, even if governments ramp up their efforts to tackle the crisis now.

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Ottawa cuts funds for energy retrofits, pledges more for housing

The federal budget will include a multi-billion-dollar plan to “solve the housing crisis” by delivering 3.87 million new homes by 2031, but reduce total funding for energy retrofits compared to the former Canada Greener Homes grant program.

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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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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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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.

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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.