In 2006, the Quebec Ministry of Health launched a large energy efficiency campaign in response to the requirements of the Quebec 2006-2012 Action plan on climate change (a 14% reduction in energy intensity of health care buildings in 2010 compared to 2003).

To attain this objective and in accordance with specific eligibility criteria, the Ministry of Health has awarded an annual budget of $CA 10 million for 10 years (2007-2016) to institutions throughout the province. The institutions are to use the money to fund energy saving measures that uses alternative energy sources (e. g. biofuels, biomass, solar, wind, geothermal, aerothermal).

Overall, 192 projects have received $CA 72 million in grants and have generated close to $CA 50 million in annual energy savings. Between 2003 and 2014, these projects have resulted in a 50% reduction in energy consumption for the whole Quebec health care network. Since the introduction of the government’s initiative in 2003, there has been a reduction in the production of approximately143,500 tons of CO2 in total, or 13,000 tons of CO2 / year.