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To register, you need to meet the eligibility criteria. You will need to meet the requirements before you claim your expenses and get reimbursed.

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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 tax documents)
  • demonstrate the property is your primary residence through either a driver’s licence or government-issued ID (with address), or utility bill

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.

Other programs for Indigenous homeowners

If you live in Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Nunavik and Nunatsiavut, or 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
  • Townhomes
  • Mobile homes on a permanent foundation
  • Permanently-moored floating homes
  • Mixed use buildings (residential portion only)Footnote 1
  • Low- rise multi-unit residential buildings (three storeys or less with a footprint of 600m2 or less)Footnote 1

Review additional requirements for multi-unit residential buildings.

New homes are not eligible for the grant.

Requirements for the initiative

You must:

  • 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:

  1. up to $5,000 total for the implementation of eligible retrofits done after December 1, 2020.
  2. 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 licensed and trained professional.

Find out how much is available for your planned retrofits

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 evaluations
  • 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:

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 these federal grants are not taxable and do not have to be declared as income.

Zero tolerance environment for the Canada Greener Homes Grant Initiative

The Canada Greener Homes Grant Initiative operates an environment free from discrimination, harassment, hate and otherwise inappropriate conduct. Inappropriate language, images and other forms of communication or behaviour directed towards the program, its staff, third-party delivery partners or participants will not be tolerated and is grounds for dismissal of the application or the applicant from the program and its benefits.

Eligibility considerations

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

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 reimbursed, your eligible home retrofits must have been undertaken on or after December 1, 2020.
  • If you conducted an EnerGuide evaluation on your home between December 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021, you can be reimbursed for both your evaluations and your retrofits if you complete at least one eligible retrofit on or after December 1, 2020. In this case, the retrofit does not need to be recommended by your energy advisor in their report.
  • If you conducted an EnerGuide evaluation on your home on or after July 1, 2021, 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 existing 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 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.

Find federal affordable housing initiatives Explore other financial incentives

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