Buildings, including our homes, account for 18% of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions, so helping Canadians make where they live more energy-efficient supports our environmental objectives while making homes more comfortable and more affordable to maintain. This will also create good, middle-class jobs in our communities. The energy efficiency sector accounted for more than 436,000 jobs in 2018.
Announced in the Supporting Canadians and Fighting COVID-19: Fall Economic Statement 2020, the Greener Homes initiative is available to homeowners retroactive to December 1, 2020. We recognize that when it comes to energy in Canada, where you live matters. Take advantage of existing rebates now being offered by our partners in your region.
The Greener Homes initiative is an opportunity for homeowners to invest in their home, making it more comfortable to live in and reducing costs. It is also an opportunity to become better prepared for changes that will come in future with more stringent building codes, including for existing homes and buildings.
These actions will also help Canada meet its 2030 climate change commitments and significantly contribute to Canada’s goal of achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, while increasing the health and wellness of Canadians.
Retrofitting existing homes — such as replacing windows and doors and improving the building envelope, including by adding insulation — is one of the most effective ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
What’s available through Greener Homes?
The Greener Homes initiative will:
Am I eligible?
The Greener Homes initiative will provide homeowners with up to $5,000 in grants for the purchase and installation of qualifying equipment or for the implementation of qualifying measures. The details are currently being finalized. They could include some heating and cooling system retrofits, envelope measures such as windows and insulation and some renewable energy measures.
To participate in the initiative, a homeowner’s primary residence must be eligible for an EnerGuide home evaluation. These residences include:
- Single and semi-detached houses
- Row housing
- All-season cottages
- Mobile homes on a permanent foundation
- Permanently moored floating homes
- Low-rise multi-unit residential buildings (3 storeys or less with a footprint of 600m2 or less)*
- Mixed-use buildings (residential portion only)*
*Commercial multi-residential units (over 3 storeys or over 600 m2 in footprint) are not eligible homes under the initiative.
Homeowners will be required to demonstrate that the home they are registering is their primary residence.
How do I get started?
To be eligible for reimbursement, participants in the Greener Homes initiative must obtain an EnerGuide home evaluation before the retrofit and then a post-retrofit evaluation once renovations are completed. The home evaluations will help homeowners identify eligible measures, plan their retrofits and understand the performance of their homes following the retrofits.
Independent EnerGuide energy advisors, registered with NRCan, carry out the home evaluations. Once completed, the evaluation report will give you information to inform your decisions about what retrofits to undertake to reduce energy use. You can start this step now.
To be eligible for retroactive payment, you must document your retrofit journey. The journey must begin with your EnerGuide home evaluation.
Keep all copies of invoices for the home evaluation and invoices for your retrofit work. Your energy advisor will take photos before and after your retrofit work.
Participants must obtain a post-retrofit home evaluation after the work is completed. This evaluation helps homeowners understand the performance of their home following their retrofits. The post-retrofit evaluation documents the changes to your home’s energy performance and completes your retrofit journey.
Become an energy advisor
As part of Greener Homes, we are helping get a new wave of EnerGuide energy advisors trained and ready to help homeowners make informed, energy-efficient choices and get people working across Canada. The designation of energy advisor means that a person has met and maintained all of the required qualifications to deliver EnerGuide rating services for eligible homes in Canada. EnerGuide evaluations will be coordinated by the homeowner directly with a registered local service organization.
Additional information on recruiting and training EnerGuide energy advisors through the Greener Homes initiative will be available soon.
When will the Greener Homes initiative be ready?
We are working at full speed so that this initiative can reduce emissions, save Canadians money and help prepare our buildings for a net-zero future. Further details, including eligibility, will be provided in the coming weeks.
We recognize that homeowners need to be able to access simple and affordable financing to make deeper home energy retrofits. Over the coming months, the government will outline details of a low-cost loan program that integrates and builds on available home evaluations and grants. We remain committed to collaborating closely with provinces, territories and industry partners to develop solutions that will benefit Canadians. Check back here for updates.
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