Today, the federal government announced the Canada Greener Homes Grant through which Canadian homeowners are eligible for grants of up to $5,000 to make their homes more energy-efficient.
As per the news release, the initiative will recruit up to 2,000 new energy advisor jobs across the country with particular emphasis on advancing inclusion and diversity in the workforce by including women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities and racialized Canadians.
Here are the details:
What is Canada Greener Homes Grant:
Retroactive to December 1, 2020, up to 700,000 Canadian homeowners are eligible for grants of up to $5,000 and up to an additional $600 to support the cost of an EnerGuide home energy evaluation.
Who is eligible:
Eligible homeowners in Canada can participate in the initiative, regardless of where they live.
Only one homeowner per home can register. The home must be the homeowner’s primary residence.
They will be required to:
- provide proof of ownership with their property tax bill number (this number can be found on their municipal property documents); and
- demonstrate the property is their primary residence through a driver’s licence, government-issued ID (with address) or a utility bill.
The following groups are also eligible applicants under the initiative:
- Indigenous governments or organizations (e.g., band councils, land claim organizations); and
- housing management bodies and other representative or Indigenous service delivery organizations with formal partnerships with Indigenous governments or organizations.
These applicants may be eligible to register multiple homes, including homes that are not the owner’s primary residence. The home registered must be owned by the applicant and be occupied by an Indigenous household.
Eligible property types:
- Single and semi-detached houses
- Row housing
- Mobile homes on a permanent foundation
- Permanently moored floating homes
- Mixed-use buildings (residential portion only) 1
- Small multi-unit residential building (up to three storeys with a footprint of up to 600 m2). (additional requirements for small multi-unit residential buildings.)
New homes are not eligible for the grant and a homeowner’s primary residence must be at least six months old, from the date of occupancy by the first homeowner, and eligible for an EnerGuide evaluation.
Multi-unit residential buildings (over three storeys or over 600 m2 in footprint) are not eligible under the initiative.
Requirements for Canada Greener Homes Grant:
- complete a pre- and post-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation (residents of Quebec and Nova Scotia need to apply directly through their provincial programs to book their EnerGuide evaluation);
- complete at least one retrofit that is both eligible and recommended by their energy advisor in their report. Only homeowners who conduct at least one retrofit will be reimbursed;
- provide and keep copies of all of their documents until March 31, 2028; and
- ensure that all products must be purchased in Canada. Online purchases are only eligible if they are ordered from an online distributor located in Canada.
What is eligible for reimbursement:
Once homeowners have completed their retrofits, they can seek reimbursement for:
- Up to $5,000 total for the implementation of eligible retrofits done after December 1, 2020.
- Up to an additional $600 for the cost of their pre- and post-retrofit EnerGuide evaluations. They will not be reimbursed for the pre-retrofit evaluation unless they continue through the full Greener Homes Grant process.
EnerGuide evaluations completed prior to December 1, 2020, are not eligible for reimbursement.
- Home insulation — Update your eligible attic/ceiling, exterior wall, exposed floor, basement or foundation, and crawlspace.
- Air-sealing — Perform air sealing to improve the air-tightness of your home to achieve the air-change rate target
- Windows and doors — Replace your windows or glass doors with ENERGY STAR® certified models
- Thermostats – Add a smart thermostat (must be combined with another retrofit)
- Heating — Make the switch to more energy-efficient heating equipment
- Renewable energy — Install photovoltaic solar panels
- Resiliency measures — Incentives to protect your home and your family from environmental damages (must be combined with another retrofit): Batteries connected to Photovoltaic systems to provide standby power for home, Roofing Membrane – self-adhering roofing underlayment applied to the entire roof, Foundation water-proofing, Moisture proofing crawl space floor, walls and headers (100%)
- Small Multi-unit residential buildings (MURBs) – here (see detailed information for all eligible retrofits)
How to apply for $5000 Canada Greener Homes Grant:
Call the call centre with any questions at 1-833-674-8282.
How to apply:
- Step 1 – Register and book your pre-retrofit evaluation
- Step 2 – Plan, document and complete your home retrofits
- Step 3 – Book your post-retrofit evaluation and apply for reimbursement
- Step 4 – Confirm and receive your reimbursement