What’s the Canada Greener Homes Grant?

Canada Greener Homes Grant

What’s the Canada Greener Homes Grant?

Take a glance at the previous post

The previous post i.e. Have you heard about Canadian Renewable and Conservation Expenses? Learn about it now is all about a program called CRCE in short. Wanna know what it stands for? You’ll find the answer inside the post. Apart from this, you can see what documents you will have to keep ready, what incentives are there to support your needs, what the application procedure is, and much more! 

What will you discover here?

Finally! After going through the various solar incentives available in Saskatchewan we have reached the last incentive covered in the series. This Part will revolve around a program called ‘The Canada Greener Homes Grants’. Following the pattern of the previous posts, we have covered basic to specific information regarding the program. 

You can find out what this program is, and how to apply for it. You can also check if you are suitable for this program or not. This part is not restricted to the topics mentioned earlier. Continue reading to know more. 

Get familiar with the program

The Canada Greener Homes Grant is a government initiative designed to refund Canadian homeowners for energy-efficient home improvements. This program offers financial assistance of up to $5,000 per household. 

The objective is to enhance energy efficiency in homes, addressing climate change concerns. Eligible improvements include adding insulation, upgrading windows and doors, installing heat pumps, and solar panels, and enhancing overall home resilience.

To qualify for the grant, homeowners must:


  • Complete both "before" and "after" energy evaluations of their homes.

  • Confirm that no improvements were made before the "before" evaluation.

  • Ensure that no improvements were undertaken before December 1, 2020.

Additionally, grants ranging from $125 to $5,000 are available to partially reimburse homeowners for qualified home modifications. A maximum contribution of up to $600 is provided to cover the overall costs of both pre- and post-modification EnerGuide evaluations.

What does the Application Procedure look like?

Step 1: Apply for the Canada Greener Homes Grant

  • Engage fully in the retrofit process to qualify.

  • Specific conditions apply in Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Rossland (BC), Nelson, and the Regional District of Central Kootenay (BC).

  • Access the Canada Greener Homes portal via a Sign-in Partner account or GCKey.

  • Ensure consistent login methods to avoid technical issues.

  • Contact support for portal troubleshooting.

Application Details:


  • Submit personal information, house type, and primary residence address.

  • Include proof of ownership (property tax bill number from municipal documents).

  • Provide proof of residence (government-issued ID with matching address, e.g., driver's license).

Service Organization Selection:


  • Choose a service organization to schedule the pre-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation, a crucial next step in your retrofit journey.

Step 2: Pre-Retrofit EnerGuide Assessment

Schedule Your Evaluation


  • During the application, select a service organization for the pre-retrofit EnerGuide assessment.

  • This evaluation, conducted by a registered energy advisor, informs your retrofit decisions.

Review Evaluation Results


  • Receive reports post-evaluation, including your EnerGuide home rating and label, assessed components, and retrofit recommendations.

  • Access reports within 14 days via mail/email or the Canada Greener Homes portal.

Step 2(B): Optional Interest-Free Loan

Consider the Loan


  • Contemplate applying for an interest-free loan after receiving the pre-retrofit evaluation.

  • This assists in covering costs for eligible retrofits.

Applying for the Loan


  • Apply through the Canada Greener Homes portal, submitting at least one retrofit cost estimate.

  • Ensure retrofits haven't started to be eligible for the loan.

Step 3: Retrofit Your Home

Post-Evaluation Decision


  • Utilize the EnerGuide label, Homeowner Information Sheet, and Renovation Upgrade Report to decide on recommended retrofits.

Eligibility Criteria


  • Only retrofits post-December 1, 2020, with both pre- and post-retrofit evaluations qualify for a grant.

  • Retrofits evaluated before December 1, 2020, are ineligible.

Choosing Retrofits


  • Undertake at least one eligible and recommended retrofit based on the energy advisor's recommendations.

Prioritization Factors


  • Consider potential energy savings, life expectancy of home components, interactions among components, and renovation plans.

Step 4: Post-Retrofit Evaluation

Scheduling


  • After completing retrofits, schedule a post-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation.

Evaluation Details


  • Assess energy savings and greenhouse gas emission reduction resulting from the retrofits.

Costs and Payments


  • Homeowners pay upfront for the post-retrofit evaluation, with a maximum contribution of $600 for both evaluations.

Step 5: Request and Receive Your Grant

Review Post-Retrofit Evaluation


  • Assess post-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation results, including the EnerGuide rating, label, and Homeowner Information Sheet.

Upload Receipts and Documents


  • Upload required documents, including receipts for evaluations, product purchase, and installation costs.

Request Your Grant


  • Submit your grant request through the Canada Greener Homes portal after uploading the necessary documents.

Confirm and Receive Grant


  • Confirm your grant total after a review within 40 business days.

  • Grant processing takes up to 30 business days, and a cheque is mailed to your house.

Note: No banking information is requested. Contact for questions or concerns.

Are You Suitable for this Grant?

Eligibility for the Canada Greener Homes Grant requires homeowners to:

  • Hold Canadian citizenship, permanent residency, or legal authorization to work in Canada.

  • Own the home as their primary residence.

  • Undergo a pre-retrofit evaluation without having a post-retrofit evaluation yet.

  • Furnish proof of ownership.

  • Conduct both pre- and post-retrofit EnerGuide evaluations.

  • Implement at least one eligible retrofit recommended by their energy advisor.

  • Note that landlords and renters are ineligible for this grant.

Are there any deadlines?

However, this program was intended to run from 2021-2028, the Canadian Government recently announced that The Canada Greener Homes program has been shut down for some time. No new applications are being accepted. 

Canada Greener Homes Program Ending Soon

Is the Greener Homes Program ending soon? Find Out

See what kind of financial aids are offered

Grant amounts are determined by the type of building and upgrades undertaken. Visit the Canada Greener Homes Grant website for complete eligibility details. If eligible, potential reimbursements include:

Up to $5,000 for Eligible Retrofits:


  • Homeowners conducting at least one recommended and eligible retrofit can receive reimbursement for total retrofits across all categories.

Up to $600 for EnerGuide Evaluations:


  • Receive up to $600 to cover the costs of pre-and post-retrofit EnerGuide evaluations.

Upgrade Categories and Rebates:

  • Home Insulation:
      • Upgrade eligible areas like attic, exterior walls, exposed floor, basement, or foundation, and crawlspaces.
      • Rebate: Up to $5,000
     
  • Air-Sealing:
      • Improve home air-tightness to meet air-change rate targets.
      • Rebate: Up to $1,000
     
  • Windows and Doors:
      • Replace with ENERGY STAR® certified models.
      • Rebate: Up to $5,000
     
  • Thermostats:
      • Add a smart thermostat for comfort and energy savings (must be combined with another retrofit).
      • Rebate: Up to $50
     
  • Heating:
      • Switch to energy-efficient heating equipment for utility bill savings and carbon footprint reduction.
      • Rebate: Up to $5,000
     
  • Renewable Energy:
      • Install photovoltaic solar panels for electricity generation.
      • Rebate: Up to $5,000
     
  • Resiliency Measures:
      • Incentives for environmental damage protection (must be combined with another retrofit).
      • Rebate: Up to $2,625
     
  • Small Multi-Unit Residential Buildings (MURBs):
      • Explore additional incentives for residents in multi-unit residential buildings. Visit the website for details.

For complete information, refer to the specific page on the Canada Greener Homes Grant website.

What documents should be kept on standby?

To secure the Canada Greener Homes Grant, submit the following documentation:

  • Property Ownership: Furnish your property tax bill number from municipal documents.

  • Residency Confirmation: Provide a government-issued ID displaying your address, such as a driver's license.

  • Evaluation Proof: Include receipts for both pre-and post-retrofit EnerGuide assessments.

  • Purchase and Installation: Submit invoices for the purchased products and their installation.

The whole post in a crisp

The Canada Greener Homes Grant is a chance for Canadian homeowners to enhance their residences' energy efficiency and contribute to mitigating climate change. Through financial assistance of up to $5,000 per household and a comprehensive application procedure, the program aimed to facilitate the adoption of energy-efficient home improvements. 

However, recent developments have seen the temporary suspension of new applications. While the program's current status remains uncertain, its impact on promoting sustainable living practices and fostering environmental stewardship remains significant.

As homeowners explore alternative avenues for sustainable home upgrades, it's crucial to stay informed about evolving initiatives and opportunities in the realm of energy efficiency and environmental conservation.

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