Hydro Ottawa's Brighter Tomorrows Fund

Hydro Ottawa

The Hydro Ottawa Brighter Tomorrows Fund supports registered charities working in the homelessness, shelter and warmth sector.

Hydro Ottawa’s Brighter Tomorrows Community Investment Program aims to support the communities in which Hydro Ottawa operates in a targeted and meaningful manner.

This innovative targeted community investment fund is supported by corporate matching dollars from Hydro Ottawa’s annual United Way campaign and administered by United Way Ottawa. This fund enables frontline charities that serve people who are homeless, or at risk of being homeless, to invest in energy-efficient measures and projects. Specifically, the fund supports small-scale capital projects that improve the energy efficiency of an organization's facilities, helping to reduce energy costs and creating savings that organizations can use for their programs.

This year, more than $132,000 from the Brighter Tomorrows Fund and nearly $37,000 in Ontario Power Authority incentives were awarded to 10 local frontline agencies. A wide spectrum of energy efficient replacements and upgrades will be completed in 2014, including installing high-efficiency heating and cooling systems, purchasing new energy-efficient appliances, replacing drafty windows and upgrading lighting systems.

Since its inception in 2011, more than $530,000 has been contributed in support of 50 energy efficient projects.

The 2014 Brighter Tomorrows Fund recipients are:

  • Carty House
  • Daybreak Non-Profit Shelter
  • Heartwood House
  • Minwaashin Lodge
  • Multifaith Housing Initiative
  • Operation Come Home
  • Options Bytown Non-Profit Housing Corporation
  • Shepherds of Good Hope
  • St. Joe’s Supper Table
  • Youville Centre


If you have any questions about the funding process, please e-mail btfund@unitedwayottawa.ca.