Plan, document and complete your home retrofits
- 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
Now that you have had your pre-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation and your energy advisor has provided you with your home’s EnerGuide label, Homeowner Information Sheet and Renovation Upgrade Report, it is time to decide on the retrofits you’ll complete.
On this page
- Which retrofits should you undertake?
- How much money can you get back?
- What should you consider before you start?
- Planning your retrofits
- Health and safety considerations
Which retrofits should you undertake?
Only retrofits recommended by your energy advisor are eligible for reimbursement. Your recommended retrofits will be listed in your Renovation Upgrade Report and in the online portal. The recommended retrofits are prioritized by:
- your potential energy savings
- the life expectancy of your home’s components
- the interactions among the components in your home
- your potential renovation plans
- the cost
How much money can you get back?
If you are eligible for the Greener Homes Grant, you could be reimbursed for:
- up to $5,000 total for eligible retrofits. Only homeowners who conduct at least one retrofit that is both recommended by the energy advisor and eligible will be reimbursed.
- up to $600 for the cost of your pre-and post-retrofit EnerGuide evaluations.
In addition, purchased equipment such as heat pumps and windows must meet eligibility criteria and must be on the eligible models list. All products must be purchased in Canada. Online purchases are only eligible if they are ordered from an online distributor located in Canada.
What should you consider before you start?
Some retrofits may not be eligible. Some retrofits recommended by your advisor may not be eligible for reimbursement.
Please check which retrofits are eligible for reimbursement. If you live in Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Nunavik, Nunatsiavut or in an off-grid community, find further details on grants for your local context.
Contact us if you have questions about your eligibility.
- All mechanical and electrical systems, with the exception of thermostats, must be installed by a licensed and trained professional. In order to be reimbursed for these retrofits, it is highly recommended that you obtain proof of their qualifications to install equipment (sometimes issued by your province or territory), which you can submit when applying for reimbursement. We recommend you get this documentation before moving ahead with your retrofits. In addition, some retrofits require that you choose an eligible product from the list to install in your home in order to be eligible for reimbursement.
- Your home operates as a system. All of its elements—the walls, roof, ventilation, heating and cooling systems, external environment, and even the activities of the occupants—affect one another. How these elements interact determines your home’s overall performance. For example, poor insulation or ventilation can cancel out an investment in new windows or doors. It is always advisable to consider building envelope measures as the first part of your retrofit journey.
- What is the main objective of your retrofit? Is it improved comfort, saving on energy bills, helping the environment, or all of the above? Knowing what you ultimately want to achieve will help you decide what retrofits to make. Review your Renovation Upgrade Report to understand the potential energy savings.
Your budget will play a major role in deciding what retrofits you will be able to do. Consider how much you want to invest.
We recognize that homeowners need to be able to access simple and affordable financing to make deeper home energy retrofits.
We are committed to collaborating closely with provinces, territories, and industry partners to develop solutions that will benefit Canadians.
There may be additional incentives available to you. The maximum reimbursement for retrofits with the Canada Greener Homes Grant is $5,000 total per home. Your retrofits may also be eligible for some provincial, territorial, municipal, or non-governmental organization incentives.
If you want to maximize your savings, you should explore all the available incentives. Grant amounts under Canada’s Greener Homes will consider other incentive programs when determining your final reimbursement eligibility.
Explore the most common energy efficiency retrofits you can make in your home.
Planning your retrofits
Whenever possible, we recommend that you have a licensed and trained professional working on your home. Before you begin, know which retrofits require a licensed and trained professional and which are highly recommended.
Retrofits that require a licensed and trained professional:
- Heat pumps
- Heat pump water heater
- Renewable energy
- Furnaces (eligible for Northern and off-grid community residents only)
- Boilers (eligible for Northern and off-grid community residents only)
Retrofits we strongly recommend are done by professionals:
- Air sealing
- Home insulation
- Windows and doors
- Resiliency measures
Benefits of an energy-efficient home
When you make retrofits to your home, you ensure that it is more comfortable, more affordable and you contribute to a better planet.
Hiring a contractor
This may be your preferred option. Your contractor is responsible for complying with local bylaws and relevant municipal, provincial, territorial and federal building codes, legislation and guidelines.
Ask any prospective contractor questions such as:
- May I contact your references?
- Can you provide a proof of your licence to install equipment issued by the province or territory where the installation is being completed?
- Will this project comply with local building codes, bylaws and other legislation?
- Will it require building or utility permits?
- Do the products you recommend meet all applicable legislation and can you provide any available Material Safety Data Sheets?
- What experience do you and your team have with these products and procedures and what challenges have you experienced?
- What steps will you take to protect my home and family during and after the renovation?
It is your responsibility to compare contractors. Be sure to ask for quotes in writing and insist on written contracts before work begins.
Before you begin your retrofit you should:
- get estimates from local contracting and retrofit service providers and schedule the work
- plan your work and get the correct permits
- contact your home insurance provider regarding your policy
- when using a licensed and trained professional, it is highly recommended that you obtain proof of their licence to install equipment issued by the province or territory
- make sure you purchase and install products that are eligible for reimbursement
Doing it yourself
If you choose to do the work yourself, always keep health and safety in mind.
- Use tools and products according to the manufacturers’ directions.
- Wear appropriate protective clothing and equipment.
- Protect your home and family from dust, debris and possible contaminants.
- Take precautions when you work in areas that may contain vermin and their droppings as well as mould, lead, asbestos, vermiculite insulation and other hazardous materials.
- Make sure you purchase and install products that are eligible for reimbursement.
Do your homework
As the homeowner, you are responsible for choosing products and materials and getting the necessary building and utility permits. If a building permit is not required nor issued, you and your contractor are responsible for making sure all products, services and installations meet relevant building codes and standards.
All products must be purchased in Canada. Online purchases are only eligible if they are ordered from an online distributor located in Canada.
Get the facts about the products you or your contractor intend to use.
- For some retrofits, you must install an eligible product to be reimbursed. Make sure you purchase and install products that are eligible for reimbursement.
- Learn and follow proper installation techniques.
- Ensure that products meet Canadian product standards. Some products carry a compliance mark or stamp. Others may have an evaluation number issued by the Canadian Construction Materials Centre.
- Find out about any health and safety issues related to these products; request Material Safety Data Sheets if they apply and follow safety guidelines.
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.
Document your home retrofit and verify expenses
Only homeowners who conduct at least one retrofit that is both eligible and recommended by your energy advisor in their report will be reimbursed.
Ensure you are documenting your home retrofit, keeping all invoices, receipts, proof of work done, attestation forms (if required for your retrofit), etc. Homeowners need to keep all documents until March 31, 2028.
Health and safety considerations
If you are planning home improvements, you should be aware of the following:
- Urea-Formaldehyde-Based Foam Insulation (UFFI)
Urea formaldehyde based foam insulation, known as UFFI, was prohibited in Canada in December 1980 under the Hazardous Products Act because it may release formaldehyde gas into indoor air. For more information, read Health Canada’s publication entitled "Canadian Prohibition of Urea Formaldehyde Foam Insulation".
There are several minerals commonly known as asbestos. These minerals were used to make products strong, long-lasting and fire-resistant. Before 1990, asbestos was mainly used for insulating buildings and homes against cold weather and noise. It was also used for fireproofing. Breathing in asbestos fibres can cause cancer and other diseases. You can be exposed to asbestos when a home or building is being renovated or demolished. For more information, read Health Canada's publication entitled "Health Risks of Asbestos".
- Vermiculite insulation
Some vermiculite insulation found in older homes may contain asbestos fibres and a blower door test is not allowed. There is currently no evidence of risk to human health if the insulation is sealed behind wallboards and floorboards, isolated in an attic, or otherwise kept from exposure to the interior environment. However, it can cause health risks if it is inhaled. If you suspect vermiculite insulation in your home, there is a test to find out more. For more information visit Health Canada asbestos information.
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is colourless, odourless and tasteless. It is formed from the radioactive decay of uranium, a natural material found in some soil, rock and groundwater. When radon is released into the outdoor air, it gets diluted to low concentrations and is not a concern. However, in enclosed spaces like houses, it can sometimes accumulate to high levels, which can pose a risk to both your and your family’s health. Read more about health risks and safety with radon.
For information on other health and safety considerations when renovating your home:
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