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Grants for Canadian homeowners living in the North and off-grid communities

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We recognize that Canadians living in northern and off-grid communities face specific challenges when it comes to completing home retrofits, including higher equipment and labour costs. All retrofit amounts have been adjusted to provide an additional 30% for northern and off-grid communities.

In addition to the eligible retrofits available for all Canadians, homeowners living in northern and off-grid communities are eligible for replacements of existing fossil-fuel burning equipment. Further, homeowners living in a northern community are eligible for additional insulation measures (attic, ceiling, and exposed floor insulation).

As part of the initiative, you have access to:

  • up to $600 for pre- and post-retrofit EnerGuide evaluations and expert advice to homeowners so you can begin to plan your retrofits
  • up to $5,000 total to help you make energy efficiency retrofits to your home
  • Interest-free loans of up to $40,000, with a repayment term of 10 years to help you undertake major home retrofits

Eligibility criteria for northern and off-grid communities

Learn if you qualify for additional grants based on the location in which you live.

You live in a northern community

If you are a Canadian homeowner:

  • living in a Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Nunavik or Nunatsiavut community
  • not currently connected to the North American electrical grid nor to the piped natural gas network; and
  • living  in a permanent or long-term (five years or more) settlement with at least 10 dwellings

You are eligible for the full list of grants below, including some additional insulation measures (attic, cathedral ceiling, flat roof and exposed floor insulation).

Explore the list below in detail.

You live in an off-grid community (not northern)

If you are a Canadian homeowner:

  • not currently connected to the North American electrical grid nor to the piped natural gas network
  • living in a permanent or long-term (five years or more) settlement with at least 10 dwellings; and
  • who does not live in a Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Nunavik or Nunatsiavut community

Find out if your community is considered “off-grid” by consulting the Remote Energy Communities Database

You are eligible for the full list of grants below except for the additional insulation measures for northern communities only.

Explore the list below in detail.

What you can claim

1.

Your pre-and post-retrofit EnerGuide evaluations

You will receive a grant for the combined cost of the pre- and post-retrofit evaluations up to a maximum of $600. Both evaluations are required in order to receive the retrofit grant. You must complete at least one retrofit that is both eligible and recommended by your energy advisor in their report in order to qualify for any of the available grants. You will not receive a grant for the pre-retrofit evaluation unless you continue through the full Canada Greener Homes Grant process.

If you had a pre-retrofit evaluation conducted on your home prior to December 1, 2020, but made recommended and eligible retrofits to your home on or after December 1, 2020, you can only receive a grant for the eligible retrofits and post-retrofit evaluation cost.

2.

A portion of the cost of your completed home retrofits dictated by the grant amount

If you are approved for the Canada Greener Homes Grant Initiative, you could receive a grant of up to $5,000 for completed retrofits. You may choose to do more than one of the retrofits below but in all cases, the maximum total grant amount for the measures will not exceed $5,000.

3.

A loan from $5,000 to $40,000 to help you complete major retrofits

If you are approved for the Canada Greener Homes Grant Initiative, and once you have received your EnerGuide pre-retrofit evaluation, you can apply for the Canada Greener Homes Loan. It is available to help you undertake retrofits that you may have not been able to otherwise. If you are approved for the loan, the amount you’ll receive will be based on the estimated costs of the retrofits you plan to undertake. The amount of the loan will range from $5,000 to $40,000, has a repayment period of 10 years and is interest free. Please note: you will only receive your final loan amount after your completed work has been verified through a post-retrofit evaluation. Learn more about the Canada Greener Homes Loan.

Eligible retrofits


Home insulation
Upgrade your eligible attic, cathedral ceiling, flat roof, exterior wall, exposed floor, basement and crawl space.
Up to $5,000
Air-sealing
Perform air sealing to improve the airtightness of your home to achieve the air-change rate target.
Up to $1,300
Windows and doors
Replace your doors, windows or sliding glass doors with ENERGY STAR® certified models.
Up to $5,000
Thermostats
Add a smart thermostat to help improve your comfort and save money on your energy bill (must be combined with another energy efficiency retrofit).
Up to $65
Space and water heating Clarified Installation Requirements June 2022
Make the switch to more energy-efficient space heating or water heating equipment to save on your utility bill and reduce your carbon footprint.
Up to $5,000
Renewable energy
Install a solar photovoltaic system to convert sunlight energy into electricity.
Up to $5,000
Resiliency measures
Implement measures to protect your home and family from environmental damages (must be combined with another energy efficiency retrofit).
Up to $3,412.50
Low rise multi-unit residential buildings (MURBs)
Learn more about how to multiply your incentives if you live in a multi-unit residential building.

Disclaimer

Natural Resources Canada does not endorse the services of any contractor, nor any specific product, and accepts no liability in the selection of materials, products, contractors, or performance of workmanship. Before undertaking upgrades or renovations, find out about the appropriate products, safety and and installation techniques, to ensure that your home’s building envelope and indoor air quality will not be compromised, and ensure that all renovations meet local building and electrical codes and by-laws.

Insulation

The Canada Greener Homes Grant Initiative allows homeowners to increase their home insulation. This slows the rate of heat loss, resulting in improved energy use and can help save money. The insulation’s resistance to heat flow is measured using both an R-value and an RSI value. R-value is the imperial measurement and the Résistance Système International (RSI) value is the metric measurement. The higher the resistance value, the slower the rate of heat transfer through the insulating material. Recommendations on insulation improvements and the calculation of your incentive will use these values. Read more about insulation materials.

All products and equipment must be purchased in Canada. Online purchases are only eligible if they are ordered from a distributor located in Canada.

Attic/Cathedral Ceiling/Flat roof

Relatively easy access makes the attic a favourite starting point to insulate for many homeowners. Even if an attic is already insulated, you may be able to improve comfort and increase energy efficiency. Learn more about insulation.

Eligibility criteria for the grant:

  • Insulate a minimum 20% of the total area of your attic, cathedral ceiling or flat roof.
  • You must increase the insulation value (R-value or RSI).
  • Add insulation in the same location (e.g. attic floor vs. attic ceiling) as the insulation present at the time of the pre-retrofit evaluation.

Important:

  • The grant amounts reflect a situation where 100% of the ceiling area is of one roof type. Your home may have a combination of ceiling types.
  • The total grant amount for any combination of attic, cathedral ceiling and flat roof insulation cannot exceed $5,000.
  • The grant amount will be pro-rated based on the percentage of your attic that you choose to insulate. For example, if you insulate 80% of your attic you would qualify for 80% of the amount listed below.
  Attics Cathedral ceilings and flat roofs
Level of insulation at the time of the pre-retrofit evaluation Insulation level to reach Grant amount Insulation level to reach Grant amount
No insulation RSI 8.81
(R-50)
$2,340 RSI 3.52
(R-20)
$780
Less than or equal to RSI 2.11 (R-12) RSI 8.81
(R-50)
$2,340 RSI 4.93
(R-28)
$780
Greater than RSI 2.11 (R-12) and up to RSI 4.40 (R-25) RSI 8.81
(R-50)
$780 RSI 4.93
(R-28)
$325
Greater than RSI 4.40 (R-25) and up to RSI 6.16 (R-35) RSI 8.81
(R-50)
$325 N/A N/A

For northern communities only

Additional insulation options
  Attics Cathedral ceilings and flat roofs
Level of insulation at the time of the pre-retrofit evaluation Insulation level to reach Grant amount Insulation level to reach Grant amount
Less than or equal to RSI 2.11 (R-12) RSI 10.57
(R-60)
$5,000 RSI 7.04
(R-40)
$1,560
Greater than RSI 2.11 (R-12) and up to RSI 4.40 (R-25) RSI 10.57
(R-60)
$2,000 RSI 7.04
(R-40)
$750
Greater than RSI 4.40 (R-25) and up to RSI 6.16 (R-35) RSI 10.57
(R-60)
$1,000 RSI 7.04
(R-40)
$200

Exterior wall insulation

The walls of your home can account for about 20% of heat loss. In addition to heat loss through the walls, there are many cracks and other access points that allow uncontrolled air and water leakage into and out of your home. To help choose the right product for your job, review the characteristics of different types of insulation.

Eligibility criteria for a grant:

Important:

  • The grant amount will be pro-rated based on the total percentage of your walls that you choose to insulate. This means that if you insulate 80% of your wall area, you would qualify for 80% of the amount listed below.
  • For a semi-detached or end unit row house, you will not qualify for the full amount of the grant. The maximum grant amount you would be eligible for is 75% of the listed amounts.
  • For a middle unit row house, you will not qualify for the full amount of the grant, the maximum grant amount you would qualify for is 50% of the listed amounts.
  • There are no grants available for insulating walls between individual units.
  Grant amounts
(based on the level of insulation added)
Percentage of wall area that you choose to insulate From RSI 1.32 (R-7.5) and up to RSI 2.11 (R-12) Greater than RSI 2.11 (R-12) and up to RSI 3.52 (R-20) Greater than RSI 3.52 (R-20)
20% $858 $988 $1,300
100% $4,290 $4,940 $5,000

Exposed Floor

Some homes have exposed floors. Insulating the floor of those areas, such as the floor of a room above an attached garage or the floor of an addition where the floor is exposed to the outdoors, can improve comfort and save energy. Learn more about insulating exposed floors.

Eligibility criteria for a grant:

  • Insulate the entire exposed floor area (minimum area of 11 square meters or 120 square feet).
  • The exposed floor area may be composed of either one large exposed floor area or multiple smaller areas.
  • This can include overhangs and floors above unheated spaces such as an unheated garage.
  • Crawl spaces are excluded. See grants for crawl spaces.
Option: Grant amount
Minimum additional insulation, RSI 3.52 (R-20) $455

For northern communities only

Additional insulation options
The level of insulation of your exposed floor at the time of the pre-retrofit evaluation: Grant amount
Add insulation to achieve a total minimum insulation value of RSI 8.81 (R-50), which must be comprised of at least RSI 1.76 (R-10) continuous insulation.
RSI 5.28 (R-30) or less $1,500

Basement Insulation

Did you know that basements can account for about 20% of a home’s total heat loss? Air leakage can also occur through basement windows and at the top of the basement wall. Learn more about insulating a basement.

Eligibility criteria for a grant:

  • Insulate a minimum of 20% of the basement wall area.
  • Seal and insulate a minimum 80% of your entire basement header area.
  • Seal and insulate a minimum 50% of your entire basement slab area.

Important:

  • You can receive combined grants for adding insulation to the basement walls, headers and slabs.
  • For a semi-detached or end unit row house, you will not qualify for the full amount of the grant; the maximum you would be eligible for is 75% of the listed amounts.
  • For a middle unit row house, you will not qualify for the full amount of the grant; the maximum grant amount you would qualify for is 50 percent of the listed amounts. 
  • There are no requirements to insulate walls and headers between adjacent units, therefore there are no grants available for this work.
  • When both a basement and crawl space are present, all applicable grants are pro-rated to a maximum of $1,950 based on the total wall area and the insulation added.
Seal and insulate at least: Grant amounts
80% of your entire basement header area to increase the insulation value by a minimum of RSI 3.52 (R-20) $312
50% of your entire basement slab by a minimum of RSI 0.62 (R-3.5) $520
  Grant amounts for walls
(based on the level of insulation added)
Percentage of wall area that you choose to insulate From RSI 1.76 (R-10) and up to RSI 3.87 (R-22) Greater than RSI 3.87 (R-22)
20% $273 $390
100% $1,365 $1,950

Crawl space

Did you know that a crawl space can be insulated in multiple ways? The walls of the crawl space can be insulated on the inside or the outside. The floor above the crawl space can also be insulated.

Eligibility criteria for a grant:

  • Add insulation to crawl space walls and headers, or ceiling.
  • If you are also insulating your basement walls, the maximum you can receive for insulating both areas is $1,950.

Important:

  • If you live in a semi-detached or end unit row house, you will not qualify for the full amount of the grant; the maximum you would be eligible for is 75% of the listed amounts.
  • If you live in a middle unit row house, you will not qualify for the full amount of the grant; the maximum you would be eligible for is 50% of the listed amounts.
  • When both a basement and crawl space are present, all applicable walls grants are pro-rated to a maximum of $1,950 based on the total wall area and the insulation added.
Grant amounts
(based on the level of insulation added )
From RSI 1.76 (R-10) and up to RSI 3.87 (R-22) Greater than RSI 3.87 (R-22) Greater than RSI 4.23 (R-24)
Insulate 100% of the crawl space's total exterior wall area, including the header area $1,352 $1,690 $1,690
Insulate 100% of the crawl space’s ceiling (preferably with an approach that includes continuous insulation) N/A N/A $1,040

Air sealing

Making improvements to reduce the draftiness of your home is the single most important retrofit you can make to improve energy efficiency and it should be considered first in any retrofit strategy. Your Renovation Upgrade Report will provide you with a target to improve the air-tightness of your home. Typically, the airtightness levels listed in the following table would be achieved with the assistance of an air-sealing professional.

Options: Grant amount
Meet the target in your Renovation Upgrade Report $715
Obtain a larger grant:
If you reach 10% better than the target in your report (i.e. 0.9 x target valueFootnote 1) $1,053
If you reach 20% better than the target in your report (i.e. 0.8 x target valueFootnote 1) $1,300

Note: In some instances, performing air sealing may result in inadequate ventilation, which may be detrimental to the house and its occupants. Please seek additional information from your energy advisor and a qualified ventilation contractor.

Air-sealing - Table Footnotes

Footnote 1

Your Renovation Upgrade Report will provide more details regarding the target value.

Return to first footnote 1 referrer

Windows and doors

There are a number of options for upgrading the energy efficiency of your windows and doors. A total window and frame replacement with new, high-performance ENERGY STAR® certified windows can make your home more comfortable, save energy, and help fight climate change. Learn more about replacing your windows and doors.

Eligibility criteria for a grant:

  • All equipment must be purchased in Canada.
  • Online purchases are only eligible if they are ordered from a distributor located in Canada.
  • The equipment must be on one of the eligible product lists referenced in the following table. All eligible product lists are available in an online searchable format.
  • Keep the ENERGY STAR labels on your windows and doors until after your post-retrofit evaluation.

Important:

  • A complete new window or door and frame replacement can be inserted into the existing frame of an old window or door, but replacements of only the glass, sash or door without a frame are not eligible.
  • Each rough opening is eligible for a grant of up to $325, up to a maximum of $5,000.
Options: Grant amount
per rough
openingFootnote 2

Replace your windows or sliding glass doors with ENERGY STARFootnote 3 certified models:

$162.50

Replace your windows or sliding glass doors with ENERGY STAR Most Efficient models:

$325

Replace hinged doors, with or without sidelites or transoms, with ENERGY STAR certified models:

$162.50

Thermostat

Smart or programmable thermostats help improve your comfort, help you save money on your energy bill and reduce your carbon footprint. Choosing a smart or programmable thermostat allows you to schedule temperatures to automatically adjust to energy-saving time frames.

Eligibility criteria for a grant:

  • Must be combined with an energy efficiency retrofit measure from the Canada Greener Homes Grant initiative

    Exclusions: New heat pumps are installed with new thermostats and can not be combined with this measure.

  • A resiliency measure and a thermostat must be combined with another energy efficiency measure in order to qualify for the grants.
  • All equipment must be purchased in Canada.
  • Online purchases are only eligible if they are ordered from a distributor located in Canada.
Option: Grant amount
Replace a manual thermostat by a programmable or smart/adaptive thermostat $65

Space and water heating

Furnaces and boilers are not eligible under the Canada Greener Homes Grant Initiative, except for homeowners living in northern and off-grid communities.

Canada’s cold climate means that space heating accounts for over 60% of the energy used in the average Canadian home. Make the switch to more energy-efficient heating equipment such as a heat pump to save energy and possibly reduce your utility bills and carbon footprint. Keep in mind that the cost of energy to operate a product over its lifetime is just as important as its purchase price. Learn more about energy-efficient heating equipment.

A heat pump is a device that is using the energy in the environment, such as air or ground, and transfers it to the indoors to be used for heating or cooling purposes. Thermal energy naturally flows from places with higher temperature to locations with lower temperatures (e.g., in the winter, heat from inside the building is lost to the outside and in the summer heat from the outside flows into the interior of the building). A heat pump uses additional electrical energy to counter the natural flow of heat, and pump the energy available in a colder place to a warmer one. Since a heat pump transfers thermal energy (vs. a furnace or an electrical baseboard, which converts other sources of energy to thermal energy), it offers a higher energy efficiency, potentially saving on energy costs and your carbon footprint. Learn more about heat pumps.

Many homes in moderate climates can rely on air source heat pumps for heating or cooling year-round. More recently, a new generation of air-source heat pump, often called the cold-climate heat pump, has been introduced to improve performance of these systems at the colder temperatures of Canadian winters. This improved performance vs. conventional air-source heat pumps reduce the need for auxiliary heating sources. Ground source heat pumps are effective in all climates.

A mechanical system contractor or energy advisor can help with estimating the economics of purchasing and operating a heat pump in your area and the potential savings you can achieve. Heat pumps can come at a higher purchase cost compared to other heating systems due to the number of components in the system. In some regions and situations, this added cost can be recouped in a relatively short period through energy cost savings. However, in other regions, varying utility rates can extend this period. Speak with your energy advisor to see if a heat pump is right for you.

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Your  new heat pump must be installed by a licensed and trained professional and be on one of the eligible product lists below in order to be eligible for a grant. All eligible product lists are available in an online searchable format. The lists will be periodically updated to ensure homeowners have access to rebates for all equipment models available that meet the Canada Greener Homes Grant performance criteria.

All equipment must be purchased in Canada. Online purchases are only eligible if they are ordered from a distributor located in Canada.

Ground source heat pumps

Two grants are available for ground source heat pump systems: 1) the installation of a full system or 2) the replacement of the heat pump unit.

Eligibility criteria for a grant:

  • Installation: Your ground source heat pump unit must be installed by a licensed and trained professional. Before accepting the quote from  a licensed professional, it is highly recommended that you obtain proof of their licence to install equipment in your province or territory (PDF, 120 KB).
  • Attestation: It is highly recommended that you ask the licensed and trained professional to sign an attestation form confirming that the installation has been completed according to the CSA standard— ANSI/CSA/IGSHPA C448 SERIES (latest version), “ Design and installation of ground source heat pump systems for commercial and residential buildings.” Download the attestation form (PDF, 120 KB).
  • Eligible product list: Your new ground source heat pump must be on the list of eligible products. Direct expansion (DX), water-to-water, and brine-to-water systems are not eligible.
  • Purchase location: All ground source heat pump equipment must be purchased in Canada. Online purchases are only eligible if they are ordered from a distributor located in Canada.
  • Performance criteria (see the table below)
Equipment Grant amount
Install a ground source heat pump—full system that meets Canada’s Energy Efficiency Regulations:

Energy Efficiency Regulations – technical specifications

$5,000
Replace a ground source heat pump— heat pump unit only with one that meets Canada’s Energy Efficiency Regulations:

Energy Efficiency Regulations – technical specifications

$3,900

Air source heat pumps and cold climate air source heat pumps

For air source heat pumps and cold climate air source heat pumps, there are three levels of grants depending on the equipment installed. Learn more about heat pumps.

Heat pumps for which a grant is provided can be a first-time installation of a heat pump system or a replacement of an existing heat pump system. The heat pump system can work as a standalone system or in conjunction with an existing backup heating system. Note that the backup system is not eligible for the grant; only the heat pump system would receive the grant.

Clarified Heat Pump Installation Requirements

Eligibility Criteria for a grant:

  • Installation: Your air source heat pump or cold climate air source heat pump must be installed by a licensed and trained professional. Before accepting the quote from a licensed professional, it is highly recommended that you obtain proof of their licence to install equipment in your province or territory (PDF, 120 KB)

  • Heat distribution: The Canada Greener Homes Grant initiative requires that the heat pump system be capable of distributing heat throughout the entire conditioned space in the house, including the basement (for basements where the distance from the top of the floor slab to the bottom of the ceiling joist is 1.8 m or higher). This applies regardless of whether the heat pump system is a central ducted, mini- or multi-split ducted or ductless system. The mechanical system contractor is responsible for specifying (including load calculations, sizing and selection) and installing the new heat pump system to meet this requirementFootnote 4.

    Update (June 2022)

    A minimum of one warm air supply outlet or indoor head is required on every floor, including each level of a split-level, mezzanine level, etc., of each dwelling unit in the building. More than one warm air supply outlet and/or indoor head per floor may be required to ensure heat distribution to the entire building. (A transition period is in place, since this clarification came after the launch of the Canada Greener Homes GrantFootnote 5).

    Example: In a two-unit residential building (bungalow or house with a basement suite, or duplex) where part of the basement is dwelling 1 and where the remainder of the basement together with the main floor make up dwelling 2, three heads are required. A head is required in dwelling 1, and one on each storey of dwelling 2.

  • Attestation : The Canada Greener Homes Grant initiative requires that the heat pump system be capable of distributing heat throughout the entire conditioned space in the house, including the basement. It is highly recommended that you ask the mechanical system contractor to sign an attestation form confirming that the air source heat pump or cold climate air source heat pump is capable of distributing heat throughout the entire house (PDF, 118 KB)
  • Eligible product lists: Your new heat pump must be on the list of eligible products. If you live in Quebec or Nova Scotia, please use this link instead. All components of a heat pump system (indoor and outdoor units, and furnace or air handling unit) must be compatible and listed together as an eligible product. Use the AHRI number and make and model of the indoor and outdoor units provided by the mechanical system contractor to confirm that your heat pump is included on the list.
  • Purchase location: All equipment must be purchased in Canada. Online purchases are only eligible if they are ordered from a distributor located in Canada.
  • Performance criteria (see the table below)
Equipment Energy efficiency performance criteria Grant amount

ENERGY STAR certified air source heat pump (ASHP)

(other than cold climate air source heat pumps)

Mini- or multi-split ducted or ductless system with two warm air supply outlets or indoor heads.

The newly installed system must meet the following criteria:

  • minimum total rated heating capacity at 8.3°C of 3.52kW (12,000 Btu/h)
  • HSPF (AHRI Climate Region Zone IV) ≥ 10

$3,250

Cold climate air source heat pumps (ccASHP)

Mini- or multi-split ducted or ductless system with two warm air supply outlets or indoor heads.

The newly installed system must meet the following criteria:

  • minimum total rated heating capacity at 8.3°C of 3.52kW (12,000 Btu/h)
  • HSPF (AHRI Climate Region Zone IV) ≥ 10
  • compressor musty be of variable capacity with three or more distinct operating speeds, or continuously variable speed
  • COP ≥ 1.8 at -15°C (5°F) (at maximum capacity operation);
  • Capacity maintenance (Max -15°C (5°F)/Rated 8.3°C (47°F)) ≥ 70%

$3,250

ENERGY STAR certified a ir source heat pump (ASHP)

Central ducted system
OR
Mini- or multi-split ducted or ductless system with three or more warm air supply outlets or indoor heads.


This grant is not available for Quebec or Nova Scotia residents.

The newly installed system must meet the following criteria:

  • minimum total rated heating capacity at 8.3°C of 3.52kW (12,000 Btu/h)
  • HSPF (AHRI Climate Region Zone IV) ≥ 10

Note: For central ducted and hybrid systems, the furnace or air handler must always be the specified matching unit.

$5,000

Cold climate air source heat pump (ccASHP)

Central ducted system
OR
Mini- or multi-split ducted or ductless system with three or more warm air supply outlets or indoor heads.

The newly installed system must meet the following criteria:

  • compressor must be of variable capacity with three or more distinct operating speeds, or continuously variable speed
  • minimum total rated heating capacity at 8.3°C of 3.52kW (12,000 Btu/h)
  • HSPF (AHRI Climate Region Zone IV) ≥ 10
  • COP ≥ 1.8 at -15°C (5°F) (at maximum capacity operation);
  • Capacity maintenance (Max -15°C (5°F)/Rated 8.3°C (47°F)) ≥ 70%

Note: For central ducted and hybrid systems, the furnace or air handler must always be the specified matching unit.

$5,000

Replacing existing fossil-fuel burning equipment

Improve the efficiency of your heating equipment by replacing existing fossil-fuel burning equipment with one of the options below. Did you know? An ENERGY STAR certified forced-air furnace uses about 6% less energy on average than a standard model; an ENERGY STAR certified boiler uses about 10% less energy on average than a standard model.

Eligibility criteria for a grant:

  • The homeowner must live in a northern or off-grid community as defined by the Canada Greener Homes Grant initiative.
  • Installation: Your furnace or boiler must be installed by a licensed and trained professional. Before accepting the quote from a licensed professional, it is highly recommended that you obtain proof of their licence to install equipment in your province or territory (PDF, 120 KB)
  • Eligible product lists: Your furnace or boiler must be on the applicable list of eligible products (view in the table below).
  • Purchase location: All equipment must be purchased in Canada. Online purchases are only eligible if they are ordered from a distributor located in Canada.
  • Performance criteria (see the table below)
Equipment Energy efficiency performance criteria Grant amount

Option 1:

Replace an oil-fired boiler with an ENERGY STAR certified residential oil-fired boiler

ENERGY STAR technical specifications

$3,500

Option 2:

Replace a boiler with an ENERGY STAR certified residential gas-fired boiler

ENERGY STAR technical specifications

$1,600

Option 3:
Replace an oil-fired furnace with an ENERGY STAR certified residential oil-fired furnace

ENERGY STAR technical specifications

$3,500

Option 4:
Replace a furnace with an ENERGY STAR certified residential gas-fired furnace

ENERGY STAR technical specifications

$1,600

Heat pump water heaters

Water heating accounts for over 20% of the energy used in the average Canadian home. Learn more about making the switch to a more energy-efficient water heater to save money on your energy bill and reduce your carbon footprint.

Eligibility criteria for a grant:

Option: Grant amount
Replace your domestic water heater with an ENERGY STAR certified domestic heat pump water heater (HPWH)

ENERGY STAR technical specifications

$1,300

Renewable energy systems

Renewable energy is energy derived from natural processes that are replenished at a rate that is equal to or faster than the rate at which it is consumed. The Canada Greener Homes Grant Initiative offers a grant for installing a solar photovoltaic (PV) system (including panels and an inverter ) that converts sunlight directly into electricity. If you want to purchase batteries for storing the solar energy from your PV system, a portion of the cost may be eligible for a grant under the climate resiliency grantsLearn more about solar panels for homes.

Eligibility criteria for a grant:

  • All equipment must be purchased in Canada.
  • Online purchases are only eligible of they are ordered from a distributor located in Canada.
  • The system must be comprised of one or more PV panels and inverter(s) (if required) certified CSA Standards.
  • The total system peak power capacity must be equal to or greater than 1.0 kW DC.
  • For a grid connected* system, a copy of the letter of approval or permission for interconnection issued by the local electrical or building authority is required.

Additional Information:

  • There are no national nor provincial/territorial certifications for PV system designers/installers. You may retain a contractor or design and install the system yourself. If you decide to implement your own retrofits, note that personal labour costs are not eligible for a grant.
  • A PV system is eligible for a grant regardless of whether or not the house is connected to the grid.
  • For a system that is not connected to the grid**, you should ensure that the system was designed and installed in accordance with local building and electrical codes and requirements. This applies to houses that are off-grid as well as houses connected to the grid, but where the PV system is not connected to the grid.
  • Ensure that the system is designed and installed in accordance with local building and electrical requirements and codes.
  • It is recommended that you have a qualified PV professional assess your home and identify it as “Solar Ready” before your pre-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation.
  • A PV system is eligible for a grant if it is a first-time installation or if it is an addition to an existing system.
  • Solar panels can be mounted on the house or ground, as long as they are on the property / land of the house associated with your application.
  • It is recommended that roof-top installations, both grid-connected and off-grid, be done in accordance with SPE-900-13 Solar photovoltaic rooftop-installation best practices guideline developed by CSA.
  • Building permits may be required for both off-grid and grid-connected installations.

* Grid-connected system: the solar photovoltaic system is connected such that it can deliver power to a supply authority system.

**Off-grid system: the solar photovoltaic system does not deliver power to a supply authority system. The house is not connected to the electricity grid; utility power is not available to the home and the only source of power is renewable energy.

Option: Grant amount
Install solar panels (photovoltaic system) with a capacity equal to or greater than 1.0 kW DC $1,300 per kW

Note: The grant amount is pro-rated based on the added capacity to the house; for example, if you are adding 3.5 kW PV capacity to your home, you are eligible for a $4,550 grant.

Resiliency measures

Climate change and its effects often hit close to home. Many environmental factors related to climate change can have an impact on your home, causing fire, flooding, wind and loss of power. Your home and its location can help you identify your specific vulnerabilities to climate change.

If you are in the process of making upgrades to your home, consider additional retrofits that could help protect your home and your family from environmental damages at the same time.

The resiliency measures detailed below must be combined with an energy efficiency retrofit from the Canadian Greener Homes Grant initiative.

  • Batteries connected to photovoltaic (PV) systems

    Eligibility criteria for a grant:

    • Must be connected to a permanently mounted photovoltaic system;
    • Batteries can be for a new battery system, the replacement of existing batteries or to supplement an existing battery system;
    • Batteries must be rated for deep cycle (any technology);
    • Inverter and charge controller purchase and installation costs can be included as part of the battery system’s total cost; and
    • Batteries must be permanently installed (i.e. portable batteries and electric vehicles are not eligible for this grant).

    Best practices:

    • Batteries can be added to an existing PV system, or be for a newly installed PV system that also qualifies for the Canada Greener Homes Grant initiative for renewable energy systems.
    • Consider (if required or included) an inverter with true sinewave output, a minimum continuous capability of 1200 Watts (W) and a minimum surge capability of 2500 W.
    • Consider a battery system with a minimum total capacity at 4500 Watt hours at 20 hours. To determine amp hours, divide 4500 Watt hours by the voltage of the battery. For example, for a 12 volt battery the capacity required is 375 Amp hours;
    • Inverter and charge controller should be certified to CSA C22.2 107.1, “Power conversion equipment” or CSA C22.2 62109, “Safety of power converters for use in photovoltaic power systems”.
    • Discuss maintenance, warranties and specifications with your supplier or contractor when selecting the most appropriate type and size of batteries for your specific usage.
    • The installation or inspection of a battery back-up system must be undertaken by a licenced and trained professional.
    • An electrical permit for installation of the batteries and any related equipment or work must be obtained, as required. Please note that recent changes to the Canadian Electrical Code may prohibit battery installations inside dwellings so check with your supplier, installer or local code authority.
    Option Grant amount
    Batteries connected to photovoltaic systems $1,300
  • Roofing Membrane - Self-adhering roofing underlayment applied to entire roof

    Eligibility criteria for a grant:

    • The roofing underlayment must be self-adhering;
    • The roofing underlayment must be applied to the entire surface area of the roof that covers enclosed spaces, including attached garages; and
    • The self-adhering underlayment must be certified to ASTM D1970 / D1970M, “Standard Specification for Self-Adhering Polymer Modified Bituminous Sheet Materials Used as Steep Roofing Underlayment for Ice Dam Protection” or CSA A123.22, “Self-adhering polymer modified bituminous sheet materials used as steep roofing underlayment for ice dam protection.”

    Best practices:

    • The self-adhering underlayment should be compatible with the type of roof (e.g. some roofs, such as metal ones, may require a self-adhering underlayment that withstands higher temperatures).
    • The application of a self-adhering underlayment can increase the risk of condensation forming under the roof surface. Ensure adequate roof venting is present in all types of roofs.
    • Consult your contractor to reduce the risk of moisture accumulation in the roof assembly, such as in the case of a cathedral type roof .
    • Torched on membranes and flat roofs are not eligible as roofing membrane is already part of a standard flat roof installation.
    Option Grant amount
    Roofing membrane—self-adhering roofing underlayment applied to entire roof $195
  • Basement Wall Water-Proofing

    A grant is available for waterproofing below-grade wall sections of basements. Crawl space and slab-on-grade foundations are not eligible for this grant.

    Eligibility criteria for a grant:

    • waterproofing must be performed on the exterior side of the below-grade basement wall with rubberized or polymer membranes (e.g. waterproof-rated spray, trowel-on, roll-on and sheet materials). Ensure that a waterproofing membrane is used and not a damp/moisture-proofing membrane.
    • a minimum 80% of the below-grade wall area must be waterproofed. This applies to all exterior facing below-grade basement walls but does not include party walls between homes (e.g. semi-detached homes).

    Best practices:

    • Waterproofing 100% of the below-grade wall area;
    • Seal all existing cracks, holes and penetrations with hydraulic sealing compounds;
    • Ensure proper drainage (i.e. air gap drainage membrane, drainage board or free draining backfill);
    • Ensure the presence of drainage tile (i.e. weeping tile or French drain), either new or existing, as long as it is in good working condition;
    • Install exterior drainage membranes to provide a drainage layer and protection to the waterproofed surface; and
    • Add insulation to the exterior side of the wall when waterproofing.
    • Verify that products used are specified for waterproofing. Simple paint brush or roller applied interior sealants are considered damp/moisture-proofing membranes, and are not eligible for the waterproofing incentive as they are not rated to withstand hydrostatic pressure.
    • Review all warranties from waterproofing companies for the services rendered and products used.
    • Waterproofing is typically not considered a do-it-yourself project due to inherent risks such as excavation work. However, do-it-yourself waterproofing is acceptable but evidence of work (e.g. pictures and invoices for purchased products) performed a t various stages is required to ensure compliance with the listed requirements.
    • If required, obtain a building permit.
    Option Grant amount
    Basement water-proofing $1,137.50
  • Moisture Proofing Crawl Space Floor, Walls and Headers

    All closed and vented crawl spaces are eligible for the moisture/damp-proofing grant. Crawl space moisture proofing is also known as encapsulation.

    Eligibility criteria for a grant:

    • 100% of the floors, walls and headers of all crawl spaces must be covered by a continuous moisture barrier; for example, a minimum 6 mil polyethylene barrier on the floor and closed-cell foam on the walls and headers. Consult with your local building authority.
    • All seams, edges and penetrations in the moisture barrier must be sealed with suitable materials such as tape and caulking (check specifications with manufacturer or supplier).

    Best practices:

    • All water infiltration issues need to be addressed first (e.g. existing leaks, flooding issues).
    • All issues with insect and vermin need to be addressed before starting on an encapsulation project.
    • When a crawl space is attached to a basement, the crawl space’s moisture barrier must be sealed to the basement foundation junction (e.g. floors and walls). If there is a structural or full wall between the two, with or without an access hatch, then the crawl space’s common wall must be moisture proofed as part of the 100% encapsulation;
    • Continuous moisture barrier should be of 0.75 perms (43 ng/Pa·s·m²) or less or otherwise specified in local building code. 
    • When using polyethylene, ideally choose 10 mil or thicker as it is stronger and more robust.
    • If wall and header insulation such as closed-cell foam is used as the moisture barrier it may also be eligible for the crawl space insulation grant.
    • Encapsulation can be performed by the homeowner or a contractor.
    • Review all warranties from encapsulation companies for the services rendered and the products used.
    • If a combustion appliance is located in the crawl space, verify with a heating professional that there are no issues of concern.
    • If required, obtain a building permit.
    Option Grant amount
    Moisture proofing of 100% of crawl space floor, walls and headers $780

Multi-Unit Residential Buildings (MURBs)

A low-rise MURB is defined based on Part 9 of the National Building Code of Canada as having three or fewer storeys in building height above ground and having a building area not exceeding 600 m2. MURBs must either be stacked (up/down) or have a common area. Side-by-side attached units/houses are considered row houses and are not MURBs.

Two-unit MURBs, including  houses with secondary suites, are entitled to all the same grants as attached and detached houses (e.g. eligible for heat pumps and heat pump water heaters).

Retirement homes are not eligible. MURBs over three storeys above ground or over 600 m2 in building area are not eligible.

MURBs are eligible for grants for the following retrofits:

  • Insulation
  • Air sealing
  • Windows and doors
  • Renewable energy
  • Resiliency measures

MURBs (excluding two-unit MURBs and houses with secondary suites) are not eligible for grants related to the following:

  • Heat pumps and heat pump water heaters
  • Thermostats
  • Furnaces and boilers (in northern and off-grid communities)

 View the full definition, eligibility requirements, and details on eligible retrofits here.

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