Consider an eco-roof for your home or business


The summer season is just around the corner and many Toronto homeowners and businesses are looking for ways to reduce their energy bills and contribute to a greener environment.

Installing an eco-roof is a project with big payoffs, and the City of Toronto offers incentives to install eco-roofs through the Eco-Roof Incentive Program. Through the program, eligible residential, industrial, commercial and institutional buildings in Toronto can apply for funding to help cover the costs of a new green or cool roof.

What is the difference between a green roof and a cool roof?

A green roof is a roof surface that supports the growth of vegetation over a substantial portion of its area for the purpose of water and energy conservation.  A cool roof is a roofing system with an exterior surface with high “solar reflectivity” and “thermal emissivity” that reflects the sun’s rays and reduces heat build-up from the sun’s thermal energy.

  • Eligible green roof projects will receive $75 per square metre up to a maximum of $100,000.
  • Eligible cool roof projects will receive $2-5 per square metre up to a maximum of $50,000. (Cool roofs with a coating applied over an existing roof are eligible for $2 per square metre; cool roofs with new membranes are eligible for a $5 per square metre.)

Visit the Eco-Roof Incentive Program website for all of the program details.

Why install an eco-roof?

  • Extend the life of your roof
  • Increase the energy efficiency for your home or business
  • Lower heating and cooling costs = lower energy bills
  • Improve air quality
  • Cool the air and reduce urban heat in the summer
  • Reduce noise
  • Reduce storm water runoff
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