The City of Toronto offers a series of financial incentives through its Better Building Partnership programs. These programs include incentives for Design Assistance for creation of more energy efficient and sustainable buildings, by off-setting the cost of energy modeling for new construction. The incentive ranges from $2,000 to $7,000 depending on project size. For more information on the program, ask your architect, engineer or refer to the City of Toronto's Better Building Partnership Website.
An architect is more than someone to prepare permit drawings. They have extensive training that allows them to make recommendations for laying out spaces, material selection and construction processes. The Ontario Association of Architects provides an in-depth look at services architects can provide. Follow this link posted on the OAA's website.