Learn about the initiative
- 1. Learn about the initiative
- 2. Register and book your pre-retrofit evaluation
- 3. Plan, document, and complete your home retrofits
- 4. Book your post-retrofit evaluation and apply for reimbursement
- 5. Receive your reimbursement
To register, you need to meet the eligibility criteria. You will need to meet the requirements before you claim your expenses and get reimbursed.
On this page
- Who is eligible?
- Requirements for the initiative
- What is eligible for reimbursement?
- Documents to provide
- Eligibility considerations
- Find other incentives to help you make changes at home
Who is eligible?
Eligible homeowners in Canada regardless of where they live, can participate in the initiative. Only one homeowner per home can register. You will be required to:
- provide proof of ownership with your property tax bill number (this number can be found on your municipal property documents)
- demonstrate the property is your primary residence through either a drivers licence or government issued ID (with address)
The following groups are also eligible applicants under the initiative:
- Indigenous governments or organizations (e.g., band councils, land claim organizations)
- housing management bodies and other representative or Indigenous service delivery organizations with formal partnerships with Indigenous governments or organizations
These applicants may be eligible to register multiple homes, including homes that are not the owner’s primary residence. The home registered must be owned by the applicant and be occupied by an Indigenous household.
If you live in Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Nunavik and Nunatsiavut, or in an off-grid community, you can find further details on grants for your local context.
Eligible property types:
- Single and semi-detached houses
- Row housing
- All-season cottages
- Mobile homes on a permanent foundation
- Permanently-moored floating homes
- Mixed use buildings (residential portion only)Footnote 1
- Small multi-unit residential building (three storeys or less with a footprint of 600m2 or less)Footnote 1
Review additional requirements for small multi-unit residential buildings.New homes are not eligible for the grant.
Requirements for the initiative
- complete a pre- and post-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation (residents of Quebec and Nova Scotia need to apply directly through their provincial programs to book their EnerGuide evaluation)
- complete at least one retrofit that is both eligible and recommended by your energy advisor in their report. Only homeowners who conduct at least one retrofit will be reimbursed.
- provide and keep copies of all of your documents until March 31, 2028.
All products must be purchased in Canada. Online purchases are only eligible if they are ordered from an online distributor located in Canada.
What is eligible for reimbursement?
Once you have completed your retrofits, you can seek reimbursement for:
- up to $5,000 total for the implementation of eligible retrofits done after December 1, 2020.
- up to $600 for the cost of your pre- and post-retrofit EnerGuide evaluations. You will not be reimbursed for the pre-retrofit evaluation unless you continue through the full Greener Homes Grant process. Please note that EnerGuide evaluations completed prior to December 1, 2020 are not eligible for reimbursement.
Please note that all mechanical and electrical systems, with the exception of thermostats, must be installed by a licenced and trained professional.
Documents to provide
To ensure that you are properly reimbursed, you must have all of the following documents so we can verify your eligible retrofits:
- receipts for your pre-and post-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation
- all receipts and invoices for products purchased and for their installation
It is highly recommended that you also have an attestation form (if applicable for your retrofit) confirming that:
- installation of an electrical or mechanical system has been completed by a trained and licensed professional (PDF, 120 KB)Footnote 2
- a geothermal system was installed in accordance with CSA standards (PDF, 120 KB)
- the heat pump has been sized to your entire home (PDF, 118 KB)
Your energy advisor will upload your before and after photos for you.
You need to keep copies of your documents until March 31, 2028. Note that the federal grants are not taxable and do not have to be declared as income.
Where you live matters
Residents of Quebec and Nova Scotia who are interested in the Canada Greener Homes Grant need to apply directly through their provincial programs to book their EnerGuide evaluation and register. Residents of New Brunswick are also encouraged to apply through their provincial program.
If you complete at least one retrofit that is both recommended by your energy advisor and eligible under the Canada Greener Homes Grant, NRCan will contact you directly about any additional grants.
I already had an evaluation and/or completed retrofits
When you register, you will have an option to select that you already completed a pre-retrofit evaluation and you will be directed to the next step.
If you conducted an EnerGuide evaluation on your home before April 1, 2020 - you will need a new evaluation.
If you conducted an EnerGuide evaluation on your home between April 1, 2020 and November 30, 2020 - you can use your evaluation for the program but you won’t be reimbursed for the evaluation itself. To be eligible, your home retrofits must have been completed on or after December 1, 2020 and be both eligible and recommend by an energy advisor in their report.
If you conducted an EnerGuide evaluation on your home after Dec 1, 2020 - you can be reimbursed for both your evaluations and your retrofits if you complete at least one retrofit that is both eligible and recommended by your energy advisor in their report.
For Quebec and Nova Scotia residents who believe they qualify for retroactive reimbursement, please note that your respective provincial entity will work directly with NRCan to identify eligible participants. To participate in the Canada Greener Homes Grant program, you need to register with your provincial program.
My home is newly built
New homes are not eligible for the grant. Newly built homes are defined as homes that are six months old or less, based on the date of occupancy by the first homeowner. This will apply to homeowners at the time of application.
I am a new owner of an old home
Dwellings will be bought and sold throughout the lifecycle of the initiative. You can also be eligible to retrofit your newly-purchased home under the program, but if your home had an EnerGuide evaluation by a previous owner you will still need a new EnerGuide evaluation to be eligible.
Find other incentives to help you make changes at home
When it comes to energy in Canada, where you live matters. If you are not eligible for this initiative or are looking to take your energy upgrades even further, take advantage of existing rebates being offered by our partners in your region.
Many provinces, territories, municipalities and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have initiatives specifically for low-income Canadians. This year, an interest-free loan program will provide homeowners up to $40,000 to help complete deep home retrofits. This loan program will help make initiatives like the Canada Greener Homes Grant accessible to more homeowners. Register to receive updates when the loan initiative becomes available.
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