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Natural Resources Canada
2011/60
July 13, 2011


TORONTO — Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Joe Oliver, and Jacques Gourde, Member of Parliament for Lotbinière–Chutes-de-la-Chaudière, announced today that the Harper Government has renewed the popular ecoENERGY Retrofit – Homes program. This initiative is helping Canadians save on home improvements and energy costs while protecting the environment.

"Our Government is committed to easing the burden of high energy costs on Canadians and putting more money back in their pockets," said Minister Oliver. "With this program, Canadians can make their homes more energy-efficient and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Canada."

"Canadians can apply today," said MP Gourde, speaking in Quebec City. "Especially during summer and construction season, we want as many Canadians as possible to take advantage of this grant."

Until March 31, 2012, homeowners may be eligible to receive grants of up to $5,000 to make their homes more energy-efficient. The program could help up to 250,000 Canadian homeowners improve their homes’ energy efficiency and generate as much as $4 billion in economic activity across Canada.

Prior to Budget 2011, the Government of Canada provided retrofit incentives to over half a million Canadians. Homeowners who participated in the program saved an average of 20 percent on their energy bills.

For more information, visit ecoaction.gc.ca/homes or call 1-800-O-Canada (800-622-6232). TTY: 1-800-926-9105. Grant amounts are listed in the "Grant Table for ecoENERGY Retrofit – Homes."


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The Government of Canada has renewed its popular ecoENERGY Retrofit – Homes program. The program could help up to 250,000 Canadian homeowners improve their energy efficiency and generate as much as $4 billion in economic activity across Canada. Homeowners have until March 2012 to apply for grants of up to $5,000 to make their homes more energy-efficient.

Media may contact:

Julie Di Mambro
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister
Natural Resources Canada
Ottawa
613-996-2007

or

Media Relations
Natural Resources Canada
Ottawa
613-992-4447

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