All about the Canada Greener Homes Initiative
The Canada Greener Homes Initiative provides grants and a loan for home evaluations and for retrofits. The eligible retrofits include home insulation, windows and doors, air sealing, and mechanical and renewable energy systems.
It is important that you read all the eligibility criteria and initiative requirements to be sure that you will qualify for the grants and/or the loan at the end of the process. You must undertake both a pre- and post-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation to be eligible.
As part of the initiative, you have access to:
- 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 toward the total costs of your pre- and post-retrofit EnerGuide evaluations
- Interest-free loans of up to $40,000, with a repayment term of 10 years to help you undertake major home retrofits
Requirements for the initiative
Conditions for residents of these provinces
Quebec and Nova Scotia
Residents of Quebec and Nova Scotia need to apply directly through their provincial programs to book their EnerGuide evaluations and to register:
New Brunswick and West Kootenay, British Columbia
New Brunswick and West Kootenay, British Columbia, 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.
If you are eligible for the Canada Greener Homes Initiative, you must:
- apply and wait for your application to be approved by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)
- complete a pre- and post-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation
- complete at least one retrofit that is both eligible and recommended by your energy advisor in their Renovation Upgrade Report. Retrofits completed without having a pre-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation completed first are not eligible for the grant.
- purchase equipment and products from NRCan’s approved products list if you are replacing windows and heating equipment
- ensure installations are done by a licensed professional, if applicable*
- purchase all products in Canada. Online purchases are eligible only if they are ordered from an online distributor located in Canada.
- keep copies of all your documents until March 31, 2028
* All mechanical systems, except thermostats, must be installed by a licensed professional. Mechanical systems include ground source heat pumps, air source heat pumps, cold climate air source heat pumps, heat pump water heaters, furnaces (eligible for northern and off-grid community residents only), and boilers (eligible for northern and off-grid community residents only).
Benefits of an energy-efficient home
By making home retrofits, you will help Canada meet its 2030 climate change commitments and significantly contribute to Canada’s goal of achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
For homeowners, it means a more comfortable home, a more affordable home, and a healthier planet.
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Sharing your home performance information
As part of the Canada Greener Homes Initiative, we encourage you to share your home EnerGuide rating online to compare your home’s performance to homes across Canada.
Share your home retrofit journey
Be proud of what you have accomplished with your home! Use #CanadaGreenerHomes to share before and after photos of your energy-efficiency retrofits or share your new EnerGuide label. Click the hashtag to see home retrofits from other Canadians and see how your improved EnerGuide rating stacks up. We may offer to feature your retrofit journey on our website!
The Government of Canada does not approve nor endorse any specific product or the services of any contractor and accepts no liability in the selection of materials, products or contractors and their performance or workmanship. There is no obligation to purchase products or services from the service organization that performs an energy evaluation or any other company. Be wary of high-pressure sales tactics that claim to have ENERGY STAR® or Natural Resources Canada backing. The Government of Canada, Natural Resources Canada and its family of brands (ENERGY STAR, EnerGuide) never go door-to-door asking to enter Canadians’ homes to inspect, sell or rent heating and cooling products. EnerGuide home energy evaluations are performed by licensed service organizations only at the request of homeowners.