Buildings Program – Commercial Customers

Prescriptive Component

If you submitted your letter of interest after September 4, 2012, you must use version 2.1 of the PVP for your project.
The prescriptive component provides simple solutions tailored to buildings under 5,000 m2 to assist in implementing predefined measures. A simple tool is used to calculate the financial assistance.


The program covers energy efficiency projects carried out in buildings under 5,000 m2 that fall into any of the following categories:

  • All new and existing commercial buildings
  • Multi-unit residential buildings of at least four storeys (live-in semi-basements are considered a storey)
  • Private institutional buildings (private colleges, CHSLDs, government-owned corporations, etc.)

Moreover, buildings must be located in Québec and connected to one of the following:

  • Hydro-Québec’s main grid
  • An off-grid system
  • A grid belonging to a power redistributor (municipality or other)


  • Simplicity
    • One-step confirmation of the minimum financial assistance payable
    • Assessment of financial assistance in under 30 minutes
    • Assessment of the financial assistance provided for a group of buildings based on a model building
  • Profitability
    • A financial contribution that substantially cuts capital costs right from the first year
    • Lower long-term operating costs
    • A shorter payback period for your investment
    • Better competitive position
  • Accessibility
    • Customized services: appointment of an account manager to assist you with your requests for financial assistance
  • Environment
    • A boost for sustainable development through socially responsible investments
    • Optimal use of energy resources
    • Greater comfort for building occupants

Selected figures

  • 3,302 projects submitted since January 1, 2011
  • 505.3 GWh of energy saved
  • $35.4 million in annual electricity savings

Featured project

Rythme FM

See the project

Featured project

    • Client: Rythme FM
    • Activity sector: Office building, media
    • Contact: Aumont Sylvain, Cogeco Diffusion
    • Industry provider: Michel Turcotte, Aéro Mécanique Turcotte
    • Account manager: Denis Larivée, ÉnerCible
    • ÉnerCible technical advisor: Mathieu Asselin, ÉnerCible
    • Measure: Energy-saving cycle, area temperature adjustments, centralized controls for temperature management during business hours and for nighttime setbacks (heating), electronic thermostats, SRC regulator, triac, compressor with an EER greater than 11 and less than 12.2.
    • Area: 1,000 m2
    • Annual savings: 136,803 kWh
    • Estimated financial assistance: $10,475
    • Complete project fact sheet [PDF]


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