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Canada Greener Homes Loan

Canada Greener Homes Loan

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Improve your home’s energy efficiency with a Canada Greener Homes Loan

The Canada Greener Homes Loan helps Canadians make their homes more energy efficient and comfortable. It offers interest-free financing in addition to the Canada Greener Homes Grant to help you complete some of the more major retrofits recommended by your energy advisor.

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You’ve been thinking hard about the future …

And all the ways we can do our part.

Like improving the energy efficiency of your home and its resilience against climate change.

But the journey ahead is long,

And renovations can be stressful,

And how can you really know whether your retrofits will have long-term benefits and savings for your home?

That’s where we come in.

Participating in the Canada Greener Homes Grant process guarantees home energy savings.

While the Canada Greener Homes Loan helps to make your efforts even more rewarding.

Your journey begins by applying online …

Where you’ll need to select a service organization near you.

These companies have been certified by Natural Resources Canada to conduct EnerGuide evaluations.

They’ll connect you with an Energy Advisor to do a Pre-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation of your home.

The costs of these evaluations vary across Canada, so we suggest doing some research before booking.

Once the energy advisor arrives, they’ll confirm your eligibility and then run a series of tests.

Following the evaluation, you’ll get a homeowner information sheet and an EnerGuide label, with the current energy efficiency rating of your home.

You’ll also get a renovation upgrade report, so you can see which retrofits will improve your home’s energy efficiency and resilience.

Armed with this new information, you can be confident that your retrofits will make a difference.

Next you’ll need to decide which retrofits work best for your budget and renovation plans.

Keep in mind:

Only retrofits from the energy advisor’s report are eligible for a grant.

Any purchases you make need to be from a Canadian distributor and from our website’s list of eligible products.

And certain installations need to be done by a professional.

If you’re not sure where to start, our website can show you the maximum grant amount available for each of the retrofits in your plan.

And now that you’re considering which retrofits to complete, you might also wonder: “Do I need a loan?” so you can complete even more of the retrofits from your energy advisor’s report.

If you’re eligible, you can get an interest-free loan up to $40,000, that’s repayable over 10 years.

If you choose to go down this path, you’ll need to submit an application online.

Start by reviewing your energy advisor’s report and decide which retrofits need a loan.

Then, get at least one quote from a licensed professional for each retrofit you’d like to include in the application.

Finally, you’ll need to answer some questions online about your ability to repay the loan.

Keep in mind, you won’t be able to get the full loan amount until after you’ve completed all the work.

So you might want to consider asking for an advance.

To do so, you’ll need to add the total of your contractors’ deposits.

Remember to double check your information before you submit your application. You won’t be able to go back and add new retrofits later.

Now, you’re ready to start completing your retrofits!

Make sure to save copies of all your ‘paid in full’ receipts and invoices along the way.

If you’re getting a loan, you have 12 months to complete all the retrofits in your plan and request your final loan payment.

If you’re not getting a loan, you have up until March 2027 to complete your retrofits and submit your receipts.

Now it’s time for the most exciting part of all

(In our opinion anyway) …

To find out how much energy you’ve saved as the result of all your hard work and investment!

To do this, you’ll need to schedule a Post-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation, where an energy advisor will run another series of tests.

You’ll need to pay again, just like you did like last time, so remember to keep the receipt.

Your energy advisor will help you understand how much you’ve improved your home’s energy use, and give you an updated EnerGuide label with a summary of your improvements

Finally, your journey is almost over! And the last few steps are all done online.

Once your documents are uploaded, you can request your grant payment and your loan funding.

Your total grant could be anywhere from $125 to $5000, it all depends on the retrofits you completed.

And don’t forget you can get up to $600 back for your two EnerGuide evaluations!

Well done! Your grant money is on the way and you’ll receive an e-transfer for the loan.

Now all that’s left is to sit back and enjoy the comfort of your greener home and the peace of mind in knowing that you’re saving money and energy.

Loan details

Maximum: $40,000
Minimum: $5,000
Repayment term: 10 years, interest-free
Loan type: Unsecured personal loan on approved credit

A maximum of one loan is available per eligible property and homeowner.

The loan can only help you finance eligible products and installations that are part of a retrofit that is both recommended by an energy advisor and eligible for the grant.

To begin work in your home, a portion of the loan can be delivered to you up front. Contractors often require a down payment for these types of projects. The balance of the loan will be delivered upon successful completion of the retrofits, and verification through a post-retrofit evaluation.

Eligibility

All loan applicants

June 17, 2022 - The Canada Greener Homes Loan is now open to:

  • Eligible applicants who are applying to Canada Greener Homes Grant.
  • Active applicants at the pre-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation stage with the Canada Greener Homes Grant.

By August 31, 2022, The Canada Greener Homes Loan will open to:

Homeowners who have already received a grant or requested a post-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation under the Canada Greener Homes Grant and want to apply for any remaining eligible retrofits they are interested in pursuing and have not yet commenced.

There are a few eligibility requirements to meet before applying for the loan:

You will be asked to share financial information to demonstrate that you have the financial capacity to repay the loan.

This loan does not apply to the following work:

  • work that you’ve already started or completed
  • retrofits that haven’t been recommended by an energy advisor
  • retrofits that are not eligible for a Canada Greener Homes Grant
  • retrofits that aren’t included in your application

Low-rise Multi-Unit Residential Buildings (MURBs)

Individual homeowners living in a low-rise MURB must meet the additional eligibility criteria for MURBs outlined in the Canada Greener Homes Grant.

Indigenous group applicantsFootnote 1

  • You are eligible to register multiple homes
  • You must own the home(s) or have a formal partnership to represent the owners, but the homes do not need to be the owner’s primary residence
  • Your home must be occupied by an Indigenous household
  • You must select at least one eligible retrofit for each property subject to the loan

Applying as an Indigenous government or organization?

Find dedicated support for your application by contacting: 1-866-292-9517

How to apply

1. Apply to the Canada Greener Homes Grant

Check your eligibility and submit an application to the Canada Greener Homes Grant. In order to apply for the loan, you must be eligible for the grant.

Conditions for residents of these provinces

  • Quebec and Nova Scotia Residents

    Residents of Quebec and Nova Scotia need to apply directly through their provincial programs to book their EnerGuide evaluation and register:

  • New Brunswick and British Columbia (West Kootenay) Residents

    New Brunswick and British Columbia (West Kootenay) have requested that we direct residents in those provinces to go through the provincial program first to ensure homeowners can take advantage of the network of energy advisors already established in those provinces.

Check your eligibility

2. Get a pre-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation

A service organization will reach out to schedule a pre-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation of your home with an energy advisor. They will evaluate your home and make recommendations on how to make it more energy efficient and resistant to climate change.

Only retrofits that have been recommended by an energy advisor and are from the grant’s list of eligible retrofits and installations are eligible for the loan.

3. Plan your retrofits and get quotes from contractors

Review the report’s recommendations and decide which retrofits work best for your budget and renovation plans. Speak with contractors and get at least 1-3 quotes for each of the retrofits in your plan.

You can’t ask for a bigger loan if you decide to do more retrofits later, so it’s important to plan your work in advance before applying for the loan.

4. Submit an application to the loan

Log in to your Canada Greener Homes Grant account and click on the button to access the loan portal. To submit your application, you will have to upload documentation to the loan portal, such as:

  • your property tax statement
  • your driver's license or other government issued ID together with a utility bill
  • a confirmation of income and employment (for example, a job letter or a T4 slip)
  • your quotes from contractors

Based on your application, the program will calculate the maximum loan amount you are approved for. To activate your loan offer, you will be asked to carefully review the information and accept the Loan Agreement. Please note: a portion of the loan can be delivered to you up front in order to pay applicable down payments to contractors. The balance of the loan will be delivered upon successful completion of the retrofits, and verification through a post-retrofit evaluation.

Upfront Costs
You can access a portion* of your loan funds in advance to pay for upfront costs, such as paying a deposit to your contractor. You can request the advance on your loan during your application by demonstrating that an upfront payment is required. You can do that by uploading the quotes you received from contractors and by entering the deposit amounts required to do the retrofit.

* Up to a maximum of 15% of the eligible cost of retrofits requiring an upfront payment. This amount is increased to 25% if your property is located in the North or off-grid.

5. Complete your retrofits and keep receipts and invoices

Start your work and make sure to keep copies of all your receipts and invoices along the way.

6. Get a post-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation

Once the retrofits are complete, contact your service organization to request a Post-Retrofit EnerGuide evaluation. An energy advisor will evaluate the impact of your improvements and provide you with an updated EnerGuide label and a new report that estimates how much you can receive for your grants.

7. Receive your loan amount

The energy advisor will update the information related to your final evaluation in the grant portal including the estimates of your final grant amount. You will also have to upload all your final invoices/receipts to the grant portal and receipts for the retrofits to the loan portal. The loan amount will be reviewed again based on the actual cost of the completed retrofits, less the recommended grant amount.

  • If the actual costs of the completed retrofits are lower than the initial cost estimates, it will be adjusted downwards. 
  • If the actual costs are higher than the initial cost estimate, it will not increase.

The final approved loan amount will be deposited into your bank account (less the initial advance, if you received one) within 10 days.

8. Repay your loan over time

You will receive detailed information on the repayment of your loan over the 10-year period.

Apply for the Greener Homes Grant or the Greener Homes Loan

Remember, before you can apply for the loan, you must:

  • Be approved for the Greener Homes Grant
  • Have a pre-retrofit evaluation done and have your renovation upgrade report
  • Receive quotes from contractors for the retrofits you plan to do

Please note: You will only receive your final loan amount after your completed work has been verified through a post-retrofit evaluation

You can always view your application by logging in your Greener Homes profile.

Go to the Greener Homes Portal

Quebec residents, make sure you have:

  • Applied through the Rénoclimat program
  • Completed your pre-retrofit evaluation and have your renovation upgrade report with at least one eligible, recommended retrofit
  • Received quotes from contractors for the retrofits you plan to do

Apply for a loan as a Quebec resident

Nova Scotia residents, make sure you have:

  • Contacted an Approved Service Organization to schedule a pre-retrofit evaluation of your home (Link to list of Approved SO’s for Efficiency NS)
  • Completed your pre-retrofit evaluation and have your renovation upgrade report with at least one eligible, recommended retrofit
  • Received quotes from contractors for the retrofits you plan to do

Apply for a loan as a Nova Scotia resident

What you need to know

What is the difference between the grant and the loan?

The grant provides:

  • up to $5,000 of the eligible, recommended retrofits that you complete
  • up to $600 towards your eligible evaluations

The grant is available once the:

  • retrofit and post-retrofit evaluation is complete
  • final invoices have been provided
  • Natural Resources Canada has completed the final assessment of the grant amount

Loan funds are also available once:

  • retrofit and post-retrofit evaluation is complete
  • final invoices have been provided
  • Natural Resources Canada has completed the final assessment of the loan amount

You may be eligible to receive a portion of your loan funds in advance to pay for eligible up-front costs.

The loan can be up to $40,000, has a 10 year repayment term and is interest free.

If I've already applied for the grant, how do I apply for the loan?
  1. Apply for and be eligible for the grant.
  2. Book a pre-retrofit evaluation of your home.
  3. Decide which retrofits you’d like to complete from your Energy Advisor’s Renovation Upgrade Report.
  4. Seek out quotes from contractors for the recommended retrofits you plan to complete (at least one quote is mandatory, 3 quotes is optimal).
  5. Submit an application for the loan, including your quotes, through the Greener Homes portal (or your Greener Homes Account).
I've already started or completed my retrofits, how do I apply for the loan?

You must be approved for the loan before you start your retrofits.

You won't be able to submit an application for the loan if you’ve already started or completed your retrofits. Even if you started or completed retrofits that were included in your pre-retrofit evaluation report.

To be eligible for a loan, you must apply, upload 1-3 quotes from contractors, and be approved through the Canada Greener Homes portal before you start any retrofits.

Can I get the loan without applying for the grant?

No, only homeowners who are eligible for the Greener Homes Grant can apply for the Canada Greener Homes Loan.

Will this loan appear on my credit bureau?

Yes, the loan and it’s performance will be reported to Equifax.

How do I apply for a loan if I’m a resident of Quebec or Nova Scotia?

First, you need to enroll through your provincial program. You will need to schedule a pre-retrofit evaluation of your home and obtain a Renovation Upgrade Report detailing the Energy Advisor’s recommendations for your home.

Once you have your Renovation Upgrade Report, you will be able to access the loan section in the Canada Greener Homes portal.

What other resources are available for sustainable and affordable housing?

The Government of Canada has other resources to support more sustainable and affordable housing:

Canada Greener Homes Initiative

  • Grants from $125 to $5,000 to get a part of your costs back for eligible home retrofits.
  • Up to $600 as a maximum contribution towards the total costs of your pre and post retrofit EnerGuide home evaluations.
  • Interest-free Loan: up to $40,000, with a repayment term of 10 years
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