Rental Apartment Retrofit Accelerator Pilot Program (RARA)
Free Support and Capital Grants for Vancouver Market Rental Building Decarbonization
Building owners with rental apartments in the City of Vancouver are eligible to access grants and support services available through a pilot program designed to accelerate the retrofit and decarbonization of buildings. The program will support a wide range of apartment retrofits that will reduce building greenhouse gas emissions and will prioritize retrofits that have co-benefits for tenants (i.e., have minimal impact on existing tenants, improve livability and indoor comfort, or provide summer cooling).
Through the program, participants are eligible to access:
- Rental Apartment Retrofit Accelerator grants and other incentives up to a combined maximum of 100% of total costs and a maximum of $500,000.
- Free retrofit implementation support (valued up to $35,000).
- Free engineering and technical support to plan and implement retrofits, including energy benchmarking, screening assessments, decarbonization planning, electrical capacity assessments, and a capital plan.
- Ongoing building retrofit support from experienced professional engineers, project managers and retrofit assistants, including support accessing complementary funding and financing.
The program is a LandlordBC and city of Vancouver initiative, administered in partnership with FRESCo and funded by the City of Vancouver, the Province’s CleanBC program and BC Hydro.