On May 27, 2021 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan launched The Retrofit Program, a program that offers Canadians grants of up to $5,600 to pay for energy-saving home upgrades.
The goal of the Canada Greener Homes Grants is to encourage homeowners to make their homes more energy-efficient, create new jobs across Canada for energy advisors, grow domestic green supply chains, and fight climate change.
The federal government announced that $10 million will be provided to recruit and train 2,000 people as energy auditors.
“Buildings, including our homes, account for 18% of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions. We want to help Canadians make where they live more energy-efficient. This means homes will be more comfortable and more affordable to maintain while also supporting our environmental objectives,” the initiative reads.
Here’s what you can claim from the new initiative:
- Reimbursement for pre- and post-retrofit EnerGuide evaluations
– Both evaluations are required for a reimbursement up to $600. However, you will not be reimbursed unless you follow through with the full Greener Homes Grant process.
- Part of your completed home retrofits
– Reimbursement will not exceed $5,000 total. All equipment must be purchased in Canada, or from a Canadian distributor online.
Eligible upgrades for reimbursement:
|Home Insulation||Update your eligible attic/ceiling, exterior wall, exposed floor, basement or foundation, and crawlspaces||Up to $5,000|
|Air-Sealing||Perform air sealing to improve the air-tightness of your home to achieve the air-change rate target||Up to $1,000|
|Windows and Doors||Replace your windows or glass doors with ENERGY STAR® certified models||Up to $5,000|
|Heating||Make the switch to more energy-efficient heating equipment to save on your utility bill and reduce your carbon footprint||Up to $5,000|
|Renewable Energy||Install photovoltaic solar panels to convert sunlight energy into electricity||Up to $5,000|
|Resiliency Measures||Incentives to protect your home and your family from environmental damages (must be combined with another retrofit)||Up to $2,625|
|Thermostats||Add a smart thermostat to help improve your comfort and save money on your energy bill (must be combined with another retrofit)||Up to $50|
The application starts with an energy evaluation of your home, to determine which energy-saving upgrades would be eligible for reimbursement. If you decide to proceed, you’ll need to hire a contractor to conduct the upgrades. You get reimbursed after the work is inspected.
It’s expected that the grants (worth about $2.6 billion over seven years) will help 700,000 homeowners lower their bills and keep homes warmer in the winter.
The federal government plans to launch an interest-free loan program this summer, as a way to provide $40,000 to homeowners looking to complete extensive retrofits. The loan program aims to make initiatives like the Canada Greener Homes Grant more accessible to homeowners.