Dive into the Funding and Application Process of the Greener Homes Grant

Canada Greener Homes Grant Application - Simplified Process

Dive into the Funding and Application Process of the Greener Homes Grant

Welcome to the third part of the Canada Greener Homes Grant series. In the previous two parts, we shed some light on the Basics of the Canada Greener Homes Grant and its eligibility criteria respectively. If you have not gone through the past two blogs, we highly recommend having a look at them for a better understanding of the topic. Click here to go through them: BLOG 1 and BLOG 2

Moving forward, this blog has been designed for you to know how the funding process of the program works, how to apply, and the documents you must have to apply without any hindrances. We’ll go through all the topics one by one but let’s start by understanding the funding process.

How does the Funding Process work?

The funding process is a bit lengthy but don’t worry the responsible authorities are working continuously to make the process easier. The main attraction of the whole process is the online method of application submission which most residents find convenient. Below is the whole funding process, take a look at it:

Online Application: Homeowners can initiate the process by applying via the Canada Greener Homes portal online.

Service Organization Selection: During the application, homeowners have to select a certified service organization in their vicinity.

EnerGuide Evaluation: The chosen service organization conducts a pre-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation, assessing the home's energy efficiency and resilience.

Evaluation Results: Residents are provided with a document containing homeowner information an EnerGuide label indicating the existing rating for energy efficiency and an enhancement through renovation report outlining recommended retrofits.

Retrofit Decision-Making: Homeowners decide on retrofits based on the energy advisor's report, ensuring that only retrofits from the report are eligible for grants.

Purchase and Installation: Retrofits must be purchased from distributors across Canada and deployed by professionals. However, only products listed on the program's website are eligible.

Loan Consideration (Optional): Homeowners may opt for an interest-free loan, totaling a maximum of $40,000, repayable over 10 years. This is not compulsory, its completely the applicants’ choice.

Completion of Retrofits: Homeowners complete the selected retrofits within the specified timeframe.

Post-retrofit EnerGuide Evaluation: A post-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation is scheduled to measure energy improvements, requiring homeowners to pay for the evaluation and keep the receipt.

Document Upload and Funding Request: Once all work is completed, homeowners upload necessary documents and request grant payment and loan funding online.

Grant and Loan Disbursement: The total grant amount, ranging from $125 to $5,000, is determined based on the completed retrofits. Homeowners receive an e-transfer for the loan.

Project Completion: Homeowners can now enjoy the comfort of their greener home, knowing they have saved money and energy.

Throughout the process, adherence to program guidelines, Ensuring proper documentation, and adherence to eligibility criteria are crucial for a successful funding experience.

But to experience an easy and seamless funding process, it's necessary to know what is the application process of the program and how one can apply.

What is the Application Process?

Know about the online resources and tools to assist homeowners in the application process

When you apply for the Canada Greener Homes Grant, your safety and information security are a priority. Here's how it works:

GCKey:

  • This is a secure tool offered by the Canadian Government.

  • It lets you safely handle online activities with government programs and services.

  • Your GCKey is like a special key that ensures your communication with online government services is protected.

  • You will utilize your GCKey to enter diverse online programs and services outlined on our Authorized Services page.

  • If you need more details, check out the GCKey FAQ or contact 1-855-438-1102 (TTY: 1-855-438-1103).
Sign-in Partner:

  • If you have an account with one of our Sign-In Partners (like your Canadian bank), you can use your existing online banking information to log in.

  • Stick with the Sign-In Partner you originally selected during your email verification process.

Rest assured, the Government is committed to safeguarding all personal information shared under the federal Privacy Act. They take extra measures to ensure the security of Canadians' information, including banking details, meeting the highest cybersecurity standards set by the federal government. Safeguarding your confidentiality and ensuring your security are their foremost concerns throughout the Canada Greener Homes Grant process.

How to apply?

Embarking on the Canada Greener Homes Grant application is a straightforward process designed to support homeowners in making sustainable choices. Here's a guide:

01

Register

Start by visiting the Canada Greener Homes program page. Complete the user-friendly registration, providing the necessary details to create your account.

02

Secure Login

Safeguard your information by logging in securely. Use either a Sign-In Partner or a GCKey, to secure the privacy of your personal information.

03

Access the Portal

Upon successful login, navigate to the Canada Greener Homes portal. This centralized platform serves as your hub for initiating, managing, and tracking your grant application.

Provincial Programs for Certain Homeowners:

Residents of Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Quebec have additional considerations:

  • Nova Scotia: Homeowners in Nova Scotia are directed to apply through the Home Energy Assessment program (HEA). This provincial initiative aligns with the broader goals of the Canada Greener Homes Grant.

  • Ontario: If you call Ontario home, your application pathway involves Enbridge Gas' Home Energy Rebate Plus program (HER+). This ensures that your application aligns with sustainability goals at the country and local levels.

  • Quebec: Residents of Quebec can seamlessly apply through Rénoclimat, a dedicated program catering to the unique energy needs and goals of homeowners in the province.

Completing these steps not only positions you within the national Canada Greener Homes Grant framework but also ensures alignment with the specific requirements and objectives of your respective province's program.

It's a collaborative effort to foster sustainable practices tailored to the needs of diverse communities across Canada.

Check out what Document you may need for Canada Greener Homes Grant Reimbursement

Documents are an essential element of the whole application process. Keeping all the required documents prepared beforehand will make the process faster and easier for both parties. We have divided the needed documents into two parts. Ensure the grant eligibility by having the following documents:

  • Mandatory Documents:
    • Receipts for EnerGuide assessments conducted before and after retrofit measures. 
    • Invoices and receipts (marked paid) for product purchase and installation.
  • Optional Attestation Form:
    • Highly recommended for specific retrofits.
    • Confirms professional installation, adherence to standards, and proper sizing.
    • Obtain proof of license for equipment installation from the professional.
Important Notes:

  • Program staff recommends using the attestation form (for specific retrofits).

  • The partner portal cannot accept attestation forms at the program launch due to privacy requirements.

  • Homeowners must retain document copies prior to March 31, 2028.
An important and latest information to note is that ‘THE APPLICATION WINDOW OF THE CANADIAN GREENER HOMES GRANT IS CURRENTLY CLOSED. WE EXPECT IT TO REOPEN SOON, BUT THERE’S NO PARTICULAR DATE RELEASED BY THE AUTHORITIES.’

Wrapping up the discussion, we found:

The Canada Greener Homes Grant application process is designed for simplicity and sustainability. From registration to securing with GCKey or Sign-In Partner, homeowners navigate a user-friendly portal. However, the government is not accepting any new applications for a while. 

The inclusion of province-specific considerations ensures alignment with regional programs, fostering collaboration for sustainable practices. The commitment to information security underscores the government's dedication to safeguarding Canadians' data throughout the application, promoting a greener future.

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