Live Green – Eco-Roof Incentive Program & Grants/Rebates


Eco-Roof Incentive Program



“Program Update: Applications for cool roof projects are now being accepted. For cool roof applications, priority will be given to cool roof projects that are scheduled to be completed by the end of 2012. Incentives for cool roof projects will be provided until funds are exhausted. We cannot guarantee funding for your cool roof project will be available. Applications for green roofs continue to be accepted.

Toronto’s Eco-Roof Incentive Program is designed to promote the use of green and cool roofs on Toronto’s existing commercial, industrial and institutional buildings, and new commercial, industrial and institutional buildings with a gross floor area of less than of 2,000 m2. The program aims  to help Toronto’s business community take action on climate change.

The environmental benefits of eco-roofs are many. Green and cool roofs help reduce urban heat and associated energy use, which is a particular concern as global temperatures rise. Green roofs also help manage stormwater runoff (reducing the pollutants that enter our waterways), enhance biodiversity, improve air quality, and beautify our city.

An “eco-roof”may be either a “green roof”that supports vegetation, or a “cool roof”that reflects the sun’s thermal energy.


“Green Roof” is a roof surface that supports the growth of vegetation over a substantial portion of its area for the purpose of water or energy conservation. It is comprised of a waterproofing membrane, drainage layer, organic growing medium (soil) and vegetation. For more information on green roofs, visit and



“Cool Roof”is a roofing system with high solar reflectivity and thermal emissivity to reduce the urban heat island effect. It may be either a coating applied over an existing roof system or a new single-ply waterproofing membrane. For more general information on cool roofs,

While all types of sustainable roofs are encouraged, the City of Toronto’s Eco-Roof Incentive Program does not apply to alternative green technologies such as photovoltaic panels, solar thermal panels or rainwater harvesting equipment.

Applications are currently being accepted for green and cool roof projects and will be reviewed on a monthly basis, subject to funding availability.

Applicants will be notified of their application status within six weeks of requesting a grant.”


Residents, Community Groups, Businesses – Grants and Rebates


Green your life and get rewarded. See our summary of incentives and rebates for your home.

Community Groups:

Learn about Live Green Toronto funding and incentives , and other grants and funds to help you go green in your neighbourhood.


Need help to green your business?  Here’s a summary of incentives and rebates to help you get you started.


For more information on Live Green Toronto please see: Live Green