The Canada Greener Homes Grant initiative is retroactive to December 1, 2020.
To be eligible for retroactive payment, homeowners must document their retrofit journey. The journey must begin with a pre-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation (which could have been undertaken prior to December 1, 2020), but only work completed after December 1, 2020 that is both eligible and recommended by your energy advisor in their report is reimbursable. Only eligible retrofit work completed on or after December 1, 2020, that includes both a pre- and post-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation qualifies for a grant. The initiative aims to encourage homeowners to implement energy efficient retrofits that they might not otherwise have considered rather than subsidize or act as a rebate for work already completed.
To participate in the Canada Greener Homes Grant, a homeowner’s primary residence must be eligible for an EnerGuide evaluation.
These residences include:
- Single and semi-detached houses
- Row housing
- All-season cottages
- Mobile homes on a permanent foundation
- Permanently-moored floating homes
- Small low-rise multi-unit residential building (MURBS) (3 storeys or less with a footprint of 600 m2 or less)*
- Mixed use buildings (residential portion only)*
* Multi-unit residential buildings (over 3 storeys or over 600 m2 in footprint) are not eligible homes under the Canada Greener Homes Grant.
Individual homeowners need to undertake the 5 step retrofit journey:
- Learn about the Canada Greener Homes Grant;
- Register and book your pre-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation;
- Plan, document and complete your home retrofits;
- Book your post-retrofit evaluation and apply for reimbursement; and
- Receive your reimbursement.
For homeowners looking to begin planning their energy efficiency retrofit, their first step is to register under the Canada Greener Homes Grant. Homeowners will then be able to take advantage of an EnerGuide evaluation. To be eligible the Canada Greener Homes Grant initiative, participants must obtain an EnerGuide home evaluation before the retrofit and then another once renovations are completed. The home evaluations will help homeowners learn about their home’s energy performance and improve its energy efficiency and resiliency by putting in place energy efficient retrofits that they might not otherwise have considered. To be eligible for reimbursement, homeowners must conduct at least one retrofit that is both recommended by an energy advisor and on the list of eligible activities. Reimbursement will occur once the post-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation has been completed. Homeowners must keep all copies of invoices for the home evaluations and invoices for the retrofit work.
Residents of Quebec and Nova Scotia need to apply directly through their provincial programs to book their EnerGuide evaluation and register. Residents of New Brunswick are also encouraged to apply through their provincial programs.
Heat pumps (including hot water heat pumps), home insulation, doors, heating, thermostats, renewable energy and resiliency measures are eligible; for more information Click Here.
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To learn more about this exciting grant initiative, determine your eligibility and apply online, please visit the Canada Greener Homes Grant website.