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Eligible grants for my home retrofit

As part of the initiative, you have access to: up to $600 for a government approved home evaluation and expert advice so you can begin to plan your retrofits up to approximately $20,000 in total in Government Grants, Rebates and Incentives to help you make energy efficiency retrofits to your home. This summer, you can receive an interest-free loan program provided to homeowners for up to $70,000 to help complete deep home retrofits. This loan program makes initiatives like the Canada Greener Homes Grant and the Energy Conservation Home Loan Program accessible to more homeowners.

Insulation

Relatively easy access makes the attic a favourite starting point to insulate for many homeowners. Even if an attic is already insulated, you may be able to improve comfort and increase the energy efficiency.

Eligibility criteria for reimbursement:

  • Insulate a minimum of 20% of the total area of your attic or ceiling.
  • You must increase the insulation value (R-value or RSI).
  • Add insulation in the same location (e.g., attic floor vs. attic ceiling) as the insulation present at the time of the pre-retrofit evaluation.

Important:

  • The grant amounts reflect a situation where 100% of the ceiling area is one roof type. Your home may have a combination of ceiling types.
  • The total grant for any combination of attic, cathedral ceiling and flat roof insulation cannot exceed $1,800.
  • The total amount of your reimbursement will be calculated based on the total percentage of your attic that you choose to insulate. For example, if you insulate 80% of your attic you would qualify for 80% of the amount listed below.

 

Select below the current level of insulation in your home at the time of the pre-evaluation: Grant amounts
(by the level of additional insulation added to your home)
If you achieve a total minimum insulation value of RSI 8.81 (R-50) for your attic If you achieve a total minimum insulation value of RSI 4.93 (R-28) for your flat roof and/or cathedral ceiling If you insulate your uninsulated flat roof or cathedral ceiling to increase its insulation value by a minimum of RSI 3.52 (R-20)
No insulation N/A N/A $600
RSI 2.11 (R-12) and less $1,800 $600 $600
Greater than RSI 2.11 (R-12) and up to RSI 4.40 (R-25) $600 $250 N/A
Greater than RSI 4.40 (R-25) and up to RSI 6.16 (R-35) $250 N/A N/A

Minimum additional insulation Grant Amounts
(by the level of additional insulation added to your home)
Percent area that you choose to insulate Add insulation value of R-7.5 to R-12 Add insulation greater than R-12 to R-20 Add insulation
> R-20 above
20% $660 $760 $1,000
100% $3,300 $3,800 $5,000

Option: Grant amount
Minimum additional insulation, RSI 3.5 (R-20) $350

Seal and insulate at least: Grant amount
80% of your entire basement header area to increase its insulation value by a minimum of RSI 3.52 (R-20) $240
50% of your entire basement slab by a minimum of RSI 0.62 (R-3.5) $400
Minimum additional wall insulation Grant Amounts
(by the level of additional insulation added to your home)
Percent area that you choose to insulate Add insulation value of RSI 1.76 (R-10) to RSI 3.87 (R-22) Add insulation greater than RSI 3.87 (R-22)
20% $210 $300
100% $1,050 $1,500

Grant Amounts
(by the level of additional insulation added to your home)
Add insulation value of RSI 1.76 (R-10) to RSI 3.87 (R-22) Add insulation value greater than RSI 3.87 (R-22) Add insulation value greater than RSI 4.23 (R-24)
Insulate 100% of the crawlspace’s total exterior wall area, including the header area. $1,040 $1,300 N/A
Insulate 100% of the crawlspace ceiling (preferably with minimum continuous insulation) N/A N/A $800

Air-sealing

Making improvements to reduce the air from leaving your house is the single most important retrofit to improve energy efficiency, and it should be considered first in any retrofit strategy. Your Renovation Upgrade Report (RUR) will provide you with a target to improve the air-tightness of your home. The lower the value you achieve; the more favourable the grant amount. Typically, these levels would be achieved with the assistance of an air-sealing professional.

Perform professional air sealing to improve the air-tightness of your home.

Options: Grant Amounts
Meet the target in your RUR $550
Obtain a larger Grant:
If you reach 10% better than the target in your report (i.e. 0.9 x target valueFootnote 1) $810
If you reach 20% better than the target in your report (i.e. 0.8 x target valueFootnote 1) $1,000

1 Your post retrofit report will provide more details regarding the target value.

Windows and doors

There are a number of options for upgrading the energy efficiency of your windows. A total window and frame replacement with new, high-performance ENERGY STAR® certified windows or inserts can make your home more comfortable, save energy and help fight climate change.

Eligibility criteria for reimbursement:

  • All equipment must be purchased in Canada.
  • Online purchases are only eligible if they are ordered from an online distributor in Canada.
  • The equipment must be on an eligible list below.
  • Maintain the ENERGY STAR labels on your windows and doors until after your post-retrofit evaluation.

Important:

  • A new window unit can be inserted into the existing frame of an old window, but replacements of only the glass, sash or door without a frame are not eligible.
  • A maximum of $250 per rough opening up to cap of $5000.
Options: Amount ($)
Per rough opening2
Replace your windows or sliding glass doors with ENERGY STAR 3 certified models:

  • U-Factor of 1.22 W/m²K or less or
  • Energy Rating ≥ 34
  • Your selection must be on one the following lists: windows or sliding glass doors
$125
Replace your windows or sliding glass doors with ENERGY STAR Most Efficient models:

  • U-Factor of 1.05 W/m²K or less or
  • Energy Rating ≥ 40
  • Your selection must be on one the following lists: windows or sliding glass doors
$250
Replace hinged doors, with or without sidelites or transoms ENERGY STAR certified models:

  • U-Factor ≤ 1.22 W/m²K or
  • Energy Rating ≥ 34
  • Your selection must be on the following list: hinged doors, sidelites and transoms
$125

Thermostats

Smart or programmable thermostats help improve your comfort, help you save money on your energy bill and reduce your carbon footprint. Choosing a smart or programmable thermostat allows you to schedule temperatures to automatically adjust to energy-saving time-frames.

Eligibility criteria for reimbursement:

  • Must be combined with another retrofit measures from the Canada Greener Homes Grant. Exclusions: New heat pumps are installed with new thermostats and cannot be combined with this grant. A resiliency measures and a thermostat must be combined with another measure (in order to qualify for the grants).
  • All equipment must be purchased in Canada.
  • Online purchases are only eligible if they are ordered from an online distributor in Canada.
Option: Grant amount
Replace a manual thermostat by a programmable or smart / adaptive thermostat $50

Heating

Two grants are available for ground source heat pump (geothermal system): 1) the installation of a full system or 2) the replacement of the heat pump unit.

Criteria:

In order to be eligible to receive a grant for this equipment, the following criteria must be met:

  • Installation: Your ground source heat pump unit must be installed by a licenced and trained professional. When using a licensed professional it is highly recommended that you obtain proof of their licence to install equipment in your province or territory (PDF, 120 KB)
  • Attestation: It is highly recommended that you ask the licensed and trained professional to sign an attestation form that the installation has been completed according to the CSA standard – ANSI/CSA/IGSHPA C448 SERIES (latest version), “Design and installation of ground source heat pump systems for commercial and residential buildings.
  • Eligible product list: Your new pump must be on a list of eligible products (view below)
  • Purchase location: All ground source heat pump equipment must be purchased in Canada. Online purchases are only eligible if they are ordered from an online distributor in Canada.
  • Performance criteria (see below)
Equipment Energy efficiency performance criteria Grant Amount
Install a ground Source Heat Pump – full system (geothermal system)
  • Existing system capacity must be ≤ 40kW.

Open Systems

  • Heating COPh  ≥ 3.6 with 10°C entering water
  • Cooling COPc ≥ 4.75 with 15°C entering water

Closed Loop Systems

  • Heating COPh ≥ 3.1 with 0°C entering water
  • Cooling COPc ≥ 3.93 with 25°C entering water

Product eligibility list

  • Heat pump must be listed here: ground source heat pump–full system

DX systems not eligible.

$5,000
Replace a ground Source Heat Pump unit – pump
  • Existing system capacity must be ≤ 40kW.

Open Systems

  • Heating COPh ≥ 3.6 with 10°C entering water
  • Cooling COPc ≥ 4.75 with 15°C entering water

Closed Loop Systems

  • Heating COPh ≥ 3.1 with 0°C entering water
  • Cooling COPc ≥ 3.93 with 25°C entering water

Product eligibility list

  • Heat pump must be listed here: ground source heat pump–pump equipment

DX systems are not eligible.

$3,000

For air source heat pumps, there are two levels of grants depending on the size of the equipment installed. Learn

Criteria:

The following installation requirements must be met:

  • Attestations: It is highly recommended that homeowners get two attestations from the contractor:
  • Eligible product lists: Your new pump must be on the list of eligible products (view below)
  • Purchase location: All equipment must be purchased in Canada. Online purchases are only eligible if they are ordered from an online distributor in Canada.
  • Performance criteria (see below)
Equipment Energy efficiency performance criteria Grant Amount
Air source heat pump (ASHP)
Install a complete ENERGY STAR certified new or replacement air source heat pump (ASHP) system or a variable capacity cold climate air source heat pump (ccASHP) system, intended to service the entire home.
The newly installed system must meet the following criteria:

  • minimum total rated heating capacity at 8.3°C of 3.52kW (12,000 Btu/h)
  • HSPF (AHRI Climate Region Zone IV) ≥ 10
  • two indoor heads ductless unit
  • Your new pump must be on the list of eligible products
  • Quebec and Nova Scotia residents: Your new pump must be on the list of eligible products

Note: In case of central split ducted and single package systems, if part of the ENERGY STAR certified system, the furnace or air handler must always be the specified matching unit.

$2,500
Install a complete ENERGY STAR certified new or replacement air source heat pump (ASHP) system, intended to service the entire home (not available for Quebec or Nova Scotia residents) The newly installed system must meet the following criteria:

  • minimum total rated heating capacity at 8.3°C of 3.52kW (12,000 Btu/h)
  • HSPF (AHRI Climate Region Zone IV) ≥ 10
  • minimum three indoor heads for ductless units or central system
  • Your new pump must be on the list of eligible products (not available for Quebec or Nova Scotia residents)

Note: In case of central split ducted and single package systems, if part of the ENERGY STAR certified system, the furnace or air handler must always be the specified matching unit.

$4,000
Cold Climate Heat Pumps (CCHP)
Install a complete ENERGY STAR certified new or replacement variable capacity cold climate air source heat pump (ccASHP) system, intended to service the entire home.
  • a new or replacement CCHP system intended to service the entire home
  • compressor must be variable capacity with three or more distinct operating speeds, or continuously variable speed
  • minimum total rated heating capacity at 8.3°C of 3.52kW (12,000 BTU/h)
  • HSPF (AHRI Climate Region Zone IV) ≥ 10
  • minimum three indoor heads for ductless or central system
  • COP of ≥ 1.8 at -15°C (5°F) (at maximum capacity operation);
  • capacity Maintenance (Max -15°C (5°F)/Rated 8.3°C (47°F)) ≥ 70%
  • Your new pump must be on the list of eligible products
  • Quebec and Nova Scotia residents: Your new pump must be on the list of eligible products

Note: For central ducted systems, if part of the cold climate heat pump listed systems, the furnace or air handler must always be the specified matching unit.

Water heating accounts for over 20% of the energy used in the average Canadian home. Learn more about making the switch to a more energy-efficient water heater to save money on your energy bill and reduce your carbon footprint.

There are installation requirements that must be met as follows:

  • Must be installed by a licenced and trained professional. When using a licensed professional it is highly recommended that you obtain proof of their licence to install equipment in your province or territory.
  • Your new water heater must be on the list of eligible products
  • All equipment must be purchased in Canada. Online purchases are only eligible if they are ordered from an online distributor in Canada.
Option: Eligibility criteria for reimbursement Grant amount per home
Replace your domestic water heater with an ENERGY STAR certified domestic hot water heat pump (DHW-HP) Energy efficiency performance and installation

  • ENERGY STAR certification as defined at the first home evaluation (pre-retrofit)
  • Capacity ≤ 55 gal
    • EF ≥ 2.00 with FHR ≥ 50 gallons per hour or UEF ≥ 2.00 FHR ≥ 45 gallons per hour
  • Capacity > 55 gal
    • EF ≥ 2.20 FHR ≥ 50 gallons per hour or UEF ≥ 2.20 FHR ≥ 45 gallons per hour
$1,000

Renewable energy systems

Renewable energy is energy derived from natural processes that are replenished at a rate that is equal to or faster than the rate at which they are consumed. Under the Canada Greener Homes initiative, you can receive a grant for installing solar photovoltaic technology that converts sunlight directly into electricity. Under our climate resiliency grants, you may be eligible for reimbursements for a portion of the cost of the installation of batteries to store your solar energy.

Eligibility criteria for reimbursement 4:

  • All equipment must be purchased in Canada
  • Online purchases are only eligible if they are ordered from an online distributor in Canada.
  • The system must be composed of photovoltaic (PV) panel and inverter certified to CSA Standards
  • The rated PV panel must have peak power capacity higher than or equal to 1.0 kW
Option: Incentive amount
Single-family home MURBs
Install solar panels (photovoltaic (PV) system) ≥ 1.0 kW $1,000 per kW $1000

Resiliency measures

Climate change and its effects often hit close to home. Many environmental factors related to climate change can have an impact on your home causing fire, flooding, wind and loss of power. Your home and its location can help you identify your specific vulnerabilities to climate change.

If you are in the process of making upgrades to your home, consider additional retrofits that could help protect your home and your family from environmental damages at the same time.

Eligibility criteria for reimbursement:

The resiliency measure detailed below must be combined with an energy efficiency retrofit from the Canadian Greener Homes Grants initiative.

Option Incentive amount
Batteries connected to Photovoltaic systems to provide standby power for home $1,000
Roofing Membrane – self-adhering roofing underlayment applied to entire roof $150
Foundation water-proofing $875
Moisture proofing crawl space floor, walls and headers (100%) $600

Multi-Unit Residential Buildings (MURBs)

A small MURB is a building of three or fewer storeys in height, having a building area not exceeding 600 m2, and are not retirement homes. MURBs must either be stacked (up/down) or have a common area – townhomes are not MURBs.

Eligibility criteria for reimbursement:

  • The small MURB must conform with the definition set out by the Greener Homes Grant initiative
  • A single EnerGuide evaluation must be undertaken of the entire structure (or address) and not on a unit by unit basis.
  • Homeowners within the MURB need to organize themselves (e.g. by way of condo board) in such a way that all homeowners are aware that evaluation has taken place.
  • Retrofits in a MURB must be agreed to by the person or persons able to make decisions about the renovations to the building.
  • Individual homeowners within the MURB must apply for individual grants of up to $5,000 based on the single EnerGuide evaluation undertaken for the entire structure.

Calculating incentives

Insulation and air sealing

The maximum allowable amount for building envelope measures – adding insulation and/or air sealing – in MURBs will be calculated based on the number of units within the building. The table below provides the multiplier amount.

Number of dwelling units per MURB 2–3 4–6 7–9 10–12 13–16 17+
MURB Multiplier 1.0 1.5 2.0 2.5 3.0 4.0

For example, a MURB having 9 units wanting to claim amounts for both air sealing and exposed wall insulation would be calculated as follows:

(Air Sealing Maximum $1,000 x 2.0 = $2,000) + (Exposed wall insulation $350 x 2.0 = $700) = $2,700

Reimbursements for building envelope measures must be claimed by one homeowner only and cannot be split by two homeowners. In other words, if one homeowner in a MURB only claims a portion of the measure, another home owner cannot claim the remainder.

Windows and Doors:

The windows and doors grants are calculated on a rough opening 5 basis. The allocated grant amount is the same as for a home. MURBs can install as many windows and/or doors up to a total of $5,000 per homeowner and a maximum of $20,000 per MURB.

Heating and cooling

Small MURBs will not qualify for measures related to heat pumps or domestic water heaters.

Thermostats will not qualify for the multiplier for MURBs.

Renewables and resiliency

Small MURBs can apply the multiplier for the installation of a photovoltaic (PV) system (max $5,000) and for resiliency measures.