What Is the Canada Greener Homes Grant?
The Canada Greener Homes Grant through the government of Canada is a great incentive to install a new heat pump. Eligible households can earn up to $5,600 back for installing a high efficiency heat pump system. This incentive will help Canadian homeowners save money on energy bills and significantly reduce their home’s overall carbon footprint.
Help Reduce Your Carbon Footprint and Avoid the Stress of Applying for the Grant on Your Own
Once you have decided on a heat pump system, our Home Comfort Advisor will connect you with an energy auditor to book your appointment. The energy auditor will perform the pre-installation energy audit and start the online application process with you. They will return to do a post-installation inspection after the equipment is installed and help you complete your online application. You pay the energy auditor separately for the audits, but up to $600 is eligible to be covered by grant money. You should receive your cheque from the government between 4-6 months after the whole process is complete.
Enbridge Customers Can Save Even More with the HER+ Program
Enbridge Gas has teamed up with the Canadian government and their Canada Greener Homes Grant to co-deliver the Home Efficiency Rebate Plus (HER+) program. Through this program, eligible Canadians and Enbridge customers can qualify for up to $7,100 back on eligible ENERGY STAR® certified heat pumps. Unfortunately Kitchener residents do not qualify for the HER+ because they are not customers of Enbridge Gas.
What is a Heat Pump?
A heat pump is a 2-in-1 HVAC system that can heat and cool your home. It has an outdoor unit similar to a central air conditioner condenser. It works the same way a central air conditioner works, only in reverse. Heat pumps are powered by electricity, but use far less of it than an electric baseboard or electric forced air furnace. A heat pump can move several units of heat with only a single unit of electricity. Therefore, it’s a very efficient and cost-effective way to heat your home. It also acts like an air conditioner, transferring heat out of your home, so you don’t need to buy a separate AC unit.
Ducted and Ductless Heat Pumps
An air source heat pump can be installed in a new home or as a replacement for an existing HVAC system. You can choose either a ducted or ductless heat pump.
Ducted Heat Pump
A ducted heat pump can be installed in homes that already have ductwork in place. It can replace a forced air furnace system. The installation involves an outdoor unit being connected to an indoor unit from which the warm or cool air is spread throughout your house via ducts.
Ductless Heat Pump
Ductless heat pumps are also referred to as ductless mini-split heat pumps. Just as the name implies, no ducts are required for this system. Instead, an HVAC technician will mount an air handler inside your house. You can have multiple air handler units installed throughout your home to provide zoned heating and cooling.
If you are:
- A homeowner in Canada (regardless of location in the country)
- Able to provide proof of primary residence
- The only member of your household to apply for this grant
You may be eligible for the Canadian Greener Homes Grant!
Property Type Eligibility
If you live in:
- A single or semi-detached home
- A rowhouse
- A townhouse
- An all-seasons cottage
- A mobile home on a permanent foundation
- A permanently moored floating home
- A small multi-unit residential building (residential only)
- A mixed-use building (residential only)
Unfortunately, new homes are not eligible for this initiative.
If you are able to follow these guidelines:
- Fill out a pre and post EnerGuide evaluation
- Complete at least one (1) retrofit for your home that has been recommended by your energy guide, otherwise you will not be reimbursed
- Provide and keep all of your documents until March 31, 2028
- Purchase all products used for this initiative from Canadian Businesses and websites
- Allow only one (1) person from your household to enter the initiative
- Demonstrate that the property is your primary residence
If your properly follow the guidelines listed above you will be eligible for these reimbursements:
- Reimbursements for the implementation of eligible retrofits done after December 1, 2020 (up to $5,000)
- Reimbursement for your pre and post EnerGuide evaluations (up to $600)