Portal open for Greener Homes Initiative
By Patrick Flannery
Natural Resources Canada has launched its portal allowing Canadian homeowners to apply for the Canada Greener Homes Grant, a subsidy of up to $5,000 for qualifying energy-efficiency upgrades on residences. Windows and doors must be Energy Star-certified to qualify and an EnerGuide evaluation must be conducted in advance. The program will reimburse the cost of the EnerGuide evaluation if the homeowner completes the full retrofit process. Residents of Quebec need to apply through the RenoClimat programs and residents of Nova Scotia through the Home Energy Assessment program. All others use the NRCan portal.
Government description of the program here.
Fenestration Canada Spring Conference attendees received a more comprehensive overview of the program from NRCan representatives. The powerpoint from the presentation was emailed to attendees.
The program is backdated to qualifying retrofits occurring after Dec. 1, 2020. The retrofits must have been recommended by the EnerGuide evaluator. The grant may stack with other grants from the homeowner’s provincial and regional governments.
For windows and doors, the homeowner can receive up to $125 per hole for Energy Star windows or sliding glass doors, $250 per hole for Energy Star Most Efficient windows or sliding glass doors and $125 per hole for Energy Star hinged doors. There are also grants for an array of other efficiency upgrades including HVAC systems and the building envelope.