We can now receive rebates of up to $5,000 to make our homes more energy-efficient. And the program is retroactive to December 1, 2020.
On May 27th, the Canadian government launched the 'Canada Greener Homes Grant' program, which offers Canadians grants of up to $5,000 to pay for energy-saving revamps in our homes. What are they talking about? Things like heating upgrades, the addition of solar panels and replacing old windows and doors for greener and more efficient alternatives.
In addition to the funds to retrofit your homes, Homeowners will also receive up to $600 to help with the cost of Home Energy Assessments. In order to qualify, your home must be your primary address and be at least six months old (from the time of the first resident) and eligible for an EnerGuide evaluation. New homes aren't eligible for the grant. Anyone interested can apply online.
The process starts with an Energy Assessment by a Certified Advisor, who will visit your home. They'll decide which 'green' types of upgrades qualify for the grant. If you get aproved, a licenced Contractor can be hired to make the improvements. Upon completion of the final upgrade, you, the Homeowner, will be reimbursed up to $5,000. It's a rebate, so you'll have to pay for the upgrades, up front - but it's a move in the right direction and will save you a lot of money in utility bills.
The total cost of the initiative will be $2.6 million over 7 years and help some 700,000 Canadian Homeowners live more planet-friendly, everyday lives. There aren't only environmental benefits, as the program will create about 2,000 new national Energy Advisor jobs.