The Canada Greener Homes Grant is an initiative by the Government of Canada aimed at helping homeowners make their homes more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly. This grant provides financial incentives to support home improvements such as insulation upgrades, heat pump installations, and other energy-efficient renovations. 

In this blog post, we will provide you with a detailed step-by-step guide on how to apply for the Canada Greener Homes Grant, ensuring you have all the information you need to access these valuable rebates.   

Canada Greener Homes Grant- Based On Province

The details of the Canada Greener Homes Grant vary from province to province. We will go over the key differences to make sure that you submit the correct application for your home province. 

Nova Scotia Applicants

Nova Scotia Applicants for the Canada Greener Homes Grant

The Canada Greener Homes Grant is being co-delivered by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and Efficiency Nova Scotia, through the Home Energy Assessment (HEA) program. Once applicants are enrolled with Efficiency Nova Scotia, you will be automatically considered for both the provincial Home Energy Assessment Program, and the Canada Greener Homes Grant.  

Step 1: Determine Eligibility

These are the general eligibility requirements that need to be met to apply for the grant:  

– The home must be in Nova Scotia and be the primary residence of the owner or owned by an Indigenous government/organization.

– The home must be at least 6 months old from the date on the occupancy permit.

– The home must have all interior and exterior finishes in place and have a functioning automated heating system.

If your home meets these requirements, you can book an initial home energy assessment with a registered energy advisor. If your household is a moderate income, you may qualify for a home energy assessment and additional rebates of up to $10,000.   

Step 2: Review Recommendations

Once your application is approved, an Efficiency Nova Scotia Energy Soultions Advisor will contact you with next steps. Following the assessment, you will need to review the custom recommendations from your energy advisor. You’ll receive an EnerGuide label and Renovation Upgrade Report tailored to your home.  

Step 3: Plan Upgrades

Review the HEA rebate guide to make sure that you understand all program rules and equipment eligibility. If a heat pump is a part of your recommended updates, look up eligible models.   

* Before starting renovations, homeowners who are eligible for the Canada Greener Homes Grant and who wish to make major renovations to their homes may be eligible for an interest-free loan of up to $40,000 through the Canada Greener Homes Loan to finance these renovations.  

Step 4: Complete The Upgrades

You need to complete your upgrades within 12 months of your assessment.   

Step 5: Check Your Upgrades

Book your final HEA to assess the improvements to your energy usage.  

Step 6: Receive Your Rebate

You can expect to receive your provincial rebate within 90 days of completing your home energy assessment (HEA). Please note that processing times for federal rebates may take longer. Additionally, if you have applied for the Canada Greener Homes Loan, your loan payment will commence once the work is finished.  

Quebec Applicants

Quebec Applicants for the Canada Greener Homes Grant

The Canada Greener Homes Initiative is being co-delivered by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and the Government of Quebec, through the Rénoclimat program. Grants are provided to eligible homeowners for recommended and eligible retrofits such as home insulation, windows and doors, heat pumps and renewable energy systems.  

Step 1: Determine Eligibility

For the home to be eligible for the grant, it must:  

– Have no more than 3 storeys above the ground.

– Cover a maximum surface area of 600 m2. 

– Have been built and inhabited for at least 12 months prior to participation in the program. 

– Have at least 50% of its total floor area (including basement) used for residential purposes. 

– Be located in the province of Québec.

Step 2: Register

Go to the Rénoclimat program web page to register your home.  

Step 3: Pre-Retrofit

Prioritize your renovations and do a pre-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation. You can also apply for the Canada Greener Homes loan to cover some of the cost of the renovations, this is an optional interest-free loan.   

Step 4: Retrofit Your Home

Complete the recommended retrofits for your home. Consult your renovation upgrade report.   

Step 5: Post-Retrofit

After the renovations are finished, you need to conduct your energy advisor will send you the documents by email or mail.  

Step 6: Receive Funding 

You will receive your funding directly from Rénoclimat. At that point your journey with Rénoclimat is complete and your file is transferred to NRCan 

Step 7: NRCan Contacts You

NRCan will contact you and you must send NRCan all of the requested documents that they require. NRCan will review your case and will send you an email confirming the funding decision based on your specific circumstances.   

Step 8: Receive Your Canada Greener Homes Grant

Enjoy the benefits and savings of a greener home.   

Applicants Living In The North And Off-Grid Communities

Applicants Living in the North and Off-Grid Communities- Canada Greener Homes Grant

Canadians living in northern and off-grid communities face specific challenges when it comes to completing home retrofits, including higher equipment and labour costs. All retrofit amounts have been adjusted to provide an additional 30% for northern and off-grid communities.  

Step 1: Determine Eligibility

You live in a northern community if you are a Canadian homeowner:  

– Living in Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, or Nunatsiavut community. 

– Not currently connected to the North American electrical grid nor to the piped natural gas network. 

– Living in a permanent or long-term settlement with at least 10 dwellings.

Step 2: Pre-Retrofit EnerGuide Home Evaluation

An energy advisor performs the pre-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation, which measures the energy efficiency of your home. The energy advisor is registered with Natural Resources Canada and is a representative of the service organization you select when you apply through the Canada Greener Homes portal.  

Step 3: Complete Retrofits For Your Home

After the pre-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation is complete, you will need to review the recommendations and decide which retrofits work best for your budget and renovation plans.  

Here are the retrofits that are eligible under the Canada Greener Homes Grant:  

Home Insulation: Upgrade your eligible attic, cathedral ceiling, flat roof, exterior wall, exposed floor, basement and crawl space.

Air-sealing: Perform air sealing to improve the airtightness of your home to achieve the air-change rate target.

Windows and Doors: Replace your doors, windows or sliding glass doors with Energy Star certified models.

Thermostats: Add a smart thermostat to help improve your comfort and save money on your energy bill (must be combined with another energy efficiency retrofit).

Space and Water Heating: Make the switch to more energy-efficient space heating or water heating equipment to save on your utility bill and reduce your carbon footprint.

Renewable Energy: Install a solar photovoltaic system to convert sunlight energy into electricity.

Resiliency Measures: Implement measures to protect your home and family from environmental damages (must be combined with another energy efficiency retrofit).

Step 4: Post-Retrofit EnerGuide Evaluation

You must book a post-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation and submit the required documents online or by mail. Once the post-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation is complete, your new EnerGuide label will show you how much more energy-efficient your home has become.  

Step 5: Request And Receive Your Grant

You will receive an email asking you to confirm your total grant amount, which will help you cover part of your retrofits cost. After you confirm, you will receive a cheque for the grant by mail within the 30 business days.  

Ontario Applicants

Two Men Conducting an Energy Audit

The Canada Greener Homes Grant is being co-delivered by Natural Resources Canada and Enbridge Gas in Ontario under the Home Efficiency Rebate Plus (HER+) program. Grants are provided to eligible homeowners for recommended and eligible retrofits such as home insulation, windows and doors, heat pumps and renewable energy systems.  

As of January 4, 2023, Ontario homeowners must apply through the Enbridge Gas Home Energy Rebate program (HER+) to be considered for both the provincial grant program, HER+, and the federal grant initiative, the Canada Greener Homes Grant.  

Ontario homeowners who applied for the Canada Greener Homes Grant before January 4, 2023, can continue using the Canada Greener Homes portal to make changes to their application, send or receive documents, or request funding.  

Step 1: Determine Eligibility

Homeowners must provide proof of ownership and show that the home is their primary residence to qualify for the Canada Greener Homes Grant. Visit the Enbridge Gas website for a complete list of eligibility criteria and to get started with the Canada Greener Homes Grant process. You do not need to be an Enbridge customer to qualify for the grant.  

Step 2: Pre-Retrofit EnerGuide Home Evaluation

An energy advisor performs the pre-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation, which measures the energy efficiency of your home. The energy advisor is registered with Natural Resources Canada and is a representative of the service organization you select when you apply through the Canada Greener Homes portal.  

Step 3: Complete Retrofits For Your Home

After the pre-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation is complete, you will need to review the recommendations and decide which retrofits work best for your budget and renovation plans.  

Step 4: Post-Retrofit EnerGuide Evaluation

You must book a post-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation and submit the required documents online or by mail. Once the post-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation is complete, your new EnerGuide label will show you how much more energy-efficient your home has become.  

Step 5: Request And Receive Your Grant

You will receive an email asking you to confirm your total grant amount, which will help you cover part of your retrofits cost. After you confirm, you will receive a cheque for the grant by mail within the 30 business days.  

Canada Greener Homes Grant- All Other Applicants

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For other applicants that do not fall into one of the categories discussed above, the application process is similar with a few exceptions. Here are the general steps for applying for the Canada Green Homes Grant.  

Step 1: Determine Eligibility

Before applying for the Canada Greener Homes Grant, it’s important to ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria. To be eligible, you must:  

– Be a homeowner. 

– Reside in Canada. 

– Complete a pre- and post-energy assessment. 

– Complete at least one retrofit improvement to your home. 

– For detailed eligibility requirements, refer to the official guidelines provided by the Government of Canada.

Step 2: Conduct A Pre-Energy Assessment

To apply for the Canada Greener Homes Grant, you will need to have an energy assessment conducted on your home. This assessment will help identify the most suitable retrofits for your home’s energy efficiency needs.   

Step 3: Select Retrofit Improvements

Based on the results of your energy assessment, you can choose from a range of eligible retrofit improvements covered under the Canada Greener Homes Grant. These may include:  

  • Insulating Upgrades
  • Air Sealing
  • Heating System Upgrades, such as heat pumps

Consider consulting with your energy advisor to determine the most cost-effective and efficient retrofits for your home.  

Step 4: Find A Registered Contractor

To qualify for the Canada Greener Homes Grant, the retrofit improvements must be completed by a registered contractor. These contractors have specialized knowledge and expertise to ensure the retrofits are installed correctly. You can find registered contractors through various directories provided by the provincial and federal governments, or by contacting local industry associations.  

Step 5: Apply For The Canada Greener Homes Grant

Once you have completed the pre-energy assessment, selected your retrofit improvements, and found a registered contractor, you are ready to apply for the Canada Greener Homes Grant.

Step 6: Complete The Retrofit Improvements

After receiving approval for the Canada Greener Homes Grant, you can proceed with completing the retrofit improvements outlined in your application. It is important to note that the grant is not disbursed until the post-energy assessment is completed and verified by the energy advisor.  

Step 7: Post-Energy Assessment

Upon completion of the retrofit improvements, a post-energy assessment is conducted to verify that the specified retrofits have been implemented correctly. The energy advisor evaluates the energy performance of your home after the upgrades and submits the assessment report to NRCan 

Step 8: Receive The Grant

Once NRCan receives the verified post-energy assessment report and all necessary documentation, the Canada Greener Homes Grant will be disbursed to you.  

Apply For The Canada Greener Homes Grant Today!

Applying for the Canada Greener Homes Grant provides homeowners with an opportunity to make their homes more energy-efficient while reducing their carbon footprint. By following this step-by-step guide, you can navigate the application process smoothly and maximize the benefits of the grant.

When applying for the Greener Homes Grant, it is important that you provide accurate and up-to-date information and complete each step of the application process correctly. The application process can be challenging, if you require assistance at any point during the process, the expert energy advisors at Provincial Smart Homes are here to help.

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