Building Greener Futures Together

The Social Planning Council of Ottawa is excited to host the Building Greener Futures Together (BGFT) initiative. BGFT is dedicated to increasing economic activity in Ottawa’s green renovations sector, and providing resources and information on green renovations to both the public and private sectors.  As of January 2012, we have also been very excited to launch a new, more comprehensive employment program for young adults looking to enter the “green” home renovation and retrofit industries!

Our Mission

Building Greener Futures Together works to improve access to jobs in “green” residential renovations and retrofits for youth facing labour market barriers. In addition to providing essential employment supports, such as training opportunities and work placements, BGFT is actively developing the job market in order maximize opportunities for new workers.

BGFT is a multi-stakeholder initiative led by the Social Planning Council of Ottawa, the EnviroCentre, the Ottawa Carleton District School Board, several local home renovators.

Our Objectives

  • Expand quality employment opportunities in the local green renovation sector, particularly for people facing barriers in the labour market;
  • Increase economic activity in Ottawa’s green renovation sector;
  • Provide a range of supports to increase the adoption and implementation of green building technologies and practices in Ottawa;
  • Strengthen the economic vitality of the locally based sector through strategic sector support, public policy development and consumer education;
  • Increase the sustainability of Ottawa’s housing stock.



For Youth

 BGFT Youth at Algonquin College

BGFT offers an employment program that allows youth to:

  • Learn the basics of green renovations and employability skills through training and placements
  • Receive essential workplace certifications and safety equipment for working in home renovations and construction
  • Start a career with a work placement in the industry!



For the Public

 A tour group with EnviroCentre




Watch the latest Video in the Green Home Renos Series!





For the Private Sector

Show Me the Green seminar attendees

  • Participate in our subsidized employment program
  • Attend our free workshop series that expands the "green" knowledge base within local industry.
  • Work with BGFT to address key public policy issues and opportunities for local businesses
  • Take the opportunity to become a leader by contributing your input to the Building Greener Futures Together project
  • Donate to the Tools for Trade program for a charitable tax receipt.


For more information, please contact

Heather Hunter, Project Coordinator
Social Planning Council of Ottawa
(613) 236-9300 x 312,


Our Funders

We are grateful to:

The Ontario Trillium Foundation 

The City of Ottawa