Feds introduce Canada Greener Homes Grant

The government of Canada’s new Canada Greener Homes Grant will invest $2.6 billion over seven years. It is expected to help 700,000 homeowners across Canada access grants of up to $5,000 for energy efficient retrofits to their primary residences, and up to $600 to help with the cost of home energy evaluations.

To be eligible, homeowners must first register a pre-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation from a list of eligible retrofits, schedule a post-retrofit evaluation, and apply for reimbursement.

Eligible home improvements and upgrades include replacing windows and doors, adding insulation, sealing air leaks, improving heating and cooling systems by adding equipment such as heat pumps, and purchasing renewable energy systems. Retrofits that help protect homes from floods, wind damage and power outages are also eligible for the grant if they are done in combination with measures to improve energy efficiency.

The government has already committed to hiring and training up to 2,000 new energy advisors to provide advice and evaluations for Canadians trying to improve the energy efficiency of their homes.

“The homes and buildings of Canadians account for almost 20 per cent of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions, so retrofitting our homes to make them more comfortable and efficient won’t just save money, it’s an important measure in the fight against climate change,” says Jonathan Wilkinson, minister of Environment and Climate Change.

The grant is retroactive to December 1, 2020. To find out more about eligibility, or to register, visit the Canada Greener Homes Grant.