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Our Action Starts at Home – Home Energy Retrofit Initiative

Buildings, including our homes, account for 17 percent 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 as the energy efficiency sector accounted for more than 436,000 direct jobs in 2018. 

Announced in the November 30th Supporting Canadians and Fighting COVID-19: Fall Economic Statement 2020, the Our Action Starts at Home – Home Energy Retrofit initiative will be available to homeowners retroactive to December 1, 2020. We recognize that when it comes to energy in Canada, where you live matters. This initiative will complement energy efficiency programs available today in each region

What’s available through the initiative?

The Our Action Starts at Home – Home Energy Retrofit initiative will provide:

700,000 grants of up to $5,000 to help homeowners make energy efficiency upgrades to their homes such as better insulation
up to one million free EnerGuide energy assessments
support for recruiting and training EnerGuide energy advisors to meet the increased demand

How do I get started?

For homeowners looking to plan their energy efficiency retrofit, the first step is to take advantage of a free EnerGuide audit.  An energy advisor will provide expert advice on the energy savings and greenhouse gas reducing measures you can take in your home. 

Find an energy advisor through a Service Organization in your region.

To be eligible for retroactive payment, you must document your “retrofit journey”. The journey must begin with an EnerGuide audit.

Keep all copies of invoices for the EnerGuide audit, and dated estimates and invoices for subsequent work completed. Dated before and after photos will also be required.


When will the initiative be ready?

We are working at full speed so that the initiative reduces emissions, saves Canadians money, and helps prepare our buildings for the net-zero future. Further detail on the initiative, including eligibility, will be provided in the new year.

We are also preparing to help get a new wave of EnerGuide advisors trained, ready to help homeowners make informed, energy-efficient choices, and get people working across Canada.

We recognize that homeowners and landlords need to be able to access simple and affordable financing to make deeper home energy retrofits. Over the coming months, we will outline details of a low-cost loan program that integrates and builds on available energy audits 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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