Important Update on the Canada Greener Homes Initiative for homeowners.
Natural Resources Canada (NRCAN) could abruptly close applications - If your windows or doors are due for a change, NOW’S THE TIME to replace them. The Canada Greener Homes Initiative offers significant financial incentives to cover your home improvement costs. We’re here to help you get the most of it, so you can:
- Save more energy and money
- Increase your home’s resale value
- Reduce your home’s carbon footprint
Maximize Your Return on Investment in New Windows
Our RevoCell® windows are certified ENERGY STAR® 2023 Most Efficient, even in double-pane configuration. In triple-pane, their performance has yet to be matched. Priced competitively, on par with regular windows, they also qualify for the maximum amount redeemable under the existing financial incentives, so you can get more of your hard-earned money back.
What is the Canada Greener Homes Initiative?
The Canada Greener Homes Initiative is a program from the federal government aimed at raising the energy efficiency of residential buildings, reducing greenhouse emissions, and stimulating the growth of a greener economy. It offers financial incentives for homeowners to help undertake home improvements to make them more energy-efficient and resilient in face of extreme weather. The Initiative is comprised of a Canada Greener Homes Grant of up to $5,000, and an interest-free Canada Greener Homes Loan of up to $40,000. Both the Grant and the Loan are conditional on performing an EnerGuide home evaluation with a NRCan approved energy advisor. An extra of up to $600 towards the cost of the energy assessment is also available.
Canada Greener Homes Grant: up to $5,000 back!
Announced in 2020 and launched in 2021, the Canada Greener Homes Grant reimburses up to $5000 for qualifying retrofits. The grant is conditional on performing an EnerGuide home assessment, and also covers an extra of up to $600 for it. Qualifying retrofits should be recommended by the advisor to make residences more energy-efficient, and can include windows and doors, home insulation, heating equipment, and renewable energy. Other upgrades like resiliency measures, air sealing, and programmable thermostats are also covered, albeit to a lesser extent.
Now, up to $10,000 back in Ontario!
As of 2023, the Canada Greener Homes Grant is implemented in Ontario by Enbridge Gas, whose Home Efficiency Rebate (HER) was expanded to the Home Efficiency Rebate Plus (HER+) program. Under the new program, the maximum redeemable amount for Enbridge Gas customers went up from $250 to $325 per qualifying window, and the maximum total increased from $5,000 to $10,000. That’s great news for those looking to undertake more extensive home improvements.
Get up to $20,000 back in Quebec
In Quebec, the Greener Homes Grant funding is available through the provincial government’s Rénoclimat program. For window and door replacements with qualifying products, the program covers $60 per rough opening, and up to $20,000 in total per single-family home. Participation in the program has to be initiated through Renoclimat and/or through its approved EnerGuide advisors.
Interest-free loan of up to $40,000
Homeowners participating in the Canada Greener Homes Grant, including through the Home Efficiency Rebate Plus (HER+) in Ontario and Rénoclimat in Quebec, also qualify for an interest-free Canada Greener Homes Loan of up to $40,000. The Loan is administered by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) and payable over a 10-year period. The Loan also allows for an advance payment of up to 15%, making it easier for homeowners to sign with contractors most of whom require a deposit.
Home improvements can get costly, but should be done right. Access to financing allows homeowners to undertake larger projects, which brings economies of scale. When you factor in inflation, interest-free loans mean extra savings down the road. And when that money comes from the government, you’re using your own tax money. This is an incredible opportunity.
Need more info on the Greener Homes Initiative? Check out some frequently asked questions:
- How much can a homeowner get for retrofits in total?
- Up to $5,000 is available as all retrofits under the Canada Greener Homes Grant for all homeowners.
- Enbridge Gas customers in Ontario can get up to $10,000 through the HER+ program.
- Quebec residents can claim up to $20,000 through the Renoclimat program.
- Is the energy audit included in the maximum redeemable amount?
The EnerGuide audit costs extra, but up to $600 extra can be reimbursed from the Canada Greener Homes Grant. That additional $600 doesn’t count towards your maximum grant/rebate amount.
- How do I break down the grant amount I can expect to receive?
Windows and door grants are calculated on a rough opening basis. That means that multi-panel/composite windows, or doors with sidelites and transoms, are treated as a single unit per rough opening. For example, your bay window may consist of three or more separate frames, but it is still counted as filling a single rough opening.
In Ontario, up to $325 per rough opening can be redeemed through the Home Efficiency Rebate Plus program from Enbridge Gas.
In Quebec, up to $60 per rough opening can be redeemed through the Rénoclimat provincial government program.
- Are window and door repairs or alterations covered?
No. Glass-only or sash replacement for windows, or door slab or insert replacement for doors, without a frame replacement, are ineligible for the grant/rebate.
- How do I know which products are covered under the grant?
All products must be purchased and manufactured in Canada.
All eligible manufacturers and their products must be registered on the NRCan database and ENERGY STAR rated. All of our windows are registered under manufacturer Nordik Windows.
All Energy Star labels must be kept on the windows and doors until after the final energy audit. Should any labels be misplaced after installation, please contact us for new labels.
- I replaced my windows in 2019. Can I still apply for the grant?
Unfortunately, retrofits done before December 2020 are not covered by the Greener Homes Grant.
- I replaced my windows recently, but I did not do an energy audit. Can I apply for the grant?
Energy audits, before and after the retrofits, are required for grant/rebate eligibility. If your retrofit has begun but wasn’t pre-evaluated, your renovation isn’t eligible for this grant.
- Can I request grant money for new windows and doors if the initial evaluation does not explicitly recommend them?
At least one of the performed retrofits must be recommended by the energy advisor in their report to be eligible. Meaning, if the evaluator doesn't state that a specific retrofit is recommended, you may not receive money under the grant.
- What paperwork do I need to keep?
All receipts and documents must be kept from pre- and post-retrofit evaluations, as well as invoices for product and installation for all retrofit work done.
- Is it even worth getting my windows or doors replaced?
Windows and doors can also be among the more expensive home upgrades. Still, they qualify for the largest amount of funding. If your windows are leaky, replacing them will be a worthwhile investment anyway, and the grant will cover a significant portion of this expense.
- How do I find an energy evaluation company?
Homeowners are responsible for choosing a contractor to perform the EnerGuide home assessment.
Ontario residents are provided with a list of approved evaluators on the HER+ page of the Enbridge Gas website after filling in the interest form.
Quebec residents are provided with a list of approved evaluators on the Rénoclimat website.
We work directly with select NRCan approved evaluators across Ontario and can help you get set up with an appointment in as little as 48 hours. You can also go with an evaluator you prefer as long as they are approved by and registered with NRCan.
Please note, we are not financially associated with energy advisers, nor do we benefit financially from this relationship. Customers are not obligated to use the services of the advisers we refer them to for their EnerGuide energy audit, and we make no representations or warranties with respect to their services and your eligibility for the above-mentioned grants.
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