Canada Greener Homes Grant

Canada Greener Homes Grant


Federal Government launches, new Greener Homes Program to promote Carbon Free, energy efficiency measures for your home, with incentives of up to $5,600!

As part of the initiative, you have access to:

  • up to $600 for a home evaluation and expert advice so you can begin to plan your retrofits
  • up to $5,000 total to help you make energy efficiency retrofits to your home

You will be reimbursed for the cost of the pre-and post-retrofit evaluations up to a maximum of $600. Both evaluations are required under the initiative for reimbursement. You will need to complete at least one of the retrofits that is both eligible and recommended by your energy advisor in their report in order to be reimbursed. You will not be reimbursed for the pre-retrofit evaluation unless you continue through the full Greener Homes Grant process.

If you had completed an evaluation prior to December 1, 2020, but made recommended and eligible retrofits to your home after December 1, 2020, you can only be reimbursed for the eligible retrofits and post-retrofit evaluation.

If you are eligible for the Greener Homes Grant, you could receive a total reimbursement of up to $5,000 for retrofits. You may choose to do more than one of the retrofits below but in all cases, the maximum reimbursement will not exceed $5,000 total.

You must book & have an energy audit prior to doing any upgrades to your home.

Link to energy auditors in your area below;

https://greencommunitiescanada.org/programs/home-energy-solutions/energuide-home-energy-audits/

or https://www.energuy.ca/

Please call Waterloo Energy @ 519-648-9977 or email us at info@waterlooenergy.com for additional information on how to get started!

Eligible retrofits

Thermostats

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

Up to

$50

Heating

Make the switch to more energy-efficient heating equipment to save on your utility bill and reduce your carbon footprint

Up to

$5,000

Renewable energy

Install photovoltaic solar panels to convert sunlight energy into electricity.

Up to

$5,000

Heating 

Make the switch to more energy-efficient heating equipment such as a heat pump to cut your utility bill and reduce your carbon footprint. Keep in mind that the cost of energy to operate a product over its lifetime is just as important as its purchase price. A heat pump is more effective and reduces the need for a supplementary heating source. A heat pump is an electrically driven device that extracts heat from a low-temperature place and delivers it to a higher temperature place. 

A contractor or energy advisor can help with estimating the economics of heat pumps in your area, and the potential savings you can achieve. Heat pumps in general can come at a higher cost compared to other heating systems due to the number of components in the system. In some regions and cases, this added cost can be recouped and significant GHGs savings can be made in a relatively short period through energy cost savings. However, in other regions, varying utility rates can extend this period. Speak with your energy advisor to see if a heat pump is right for you.

Your new pump must be on one of the eligible lists of products below in order to be eligible for reimbursement.

All equipment must be purchased in Canada. Online purchases are only eligible if they are ordered from an online distributor in Canada.

Ground Source Heat Pumps

Two grants are available for ground source heat pump (geothermal system): 1) the installation of a full system or 2) the replacement of the heat pump unit.

Criteria:

In order to be eligible to receive a grant for this equipment, the following criteria must be met:

  • Installation: Your ground source heat pump unit must be installed by a licenced and trained professional. When using a licensed professional it is highly recommended that you obtain proof of their licence to install equipment in your province or territory (PDF, 120 KB)
  • Attestation: It is highly recommended that you ask the licensed and trained professional to sign an attestation form that the installation has been completed according to the CSA standard - ANSI/CSA/IGSHPA C448 SERIES (latest version), "Design and installation of ground source heat pump systems for commercial and residential buildings." Download the attestation form (PDF, 120 KB).
  • Eligible product list: Your new pump must be on a list of eligible products (view below)
  • Purchase location: All ground source heat pump equipment must be purchased in Canada. Online purchases are only eligible if they are ordered from an online distributor in Canada.
  • Performance criteria (see below)
Equipment Energy efficiency performance criteria Grant Amount
Install a ground Source Heat Pump – full system (geothermal system)
  • Existing system capacity must be ≤ 40kW.

Open Systems

  • Heating COPh  ≥ 3.6 with 10°C entering water
  • Cooling COPc ≥ 4.75 with 15°C entering water

Closed Loop Systems

  • Heating COPh ≥ 3.1 with 0°C entering water
  • Cooling COPc ≥ 3.93 with 25°C entering water

Product eligibility list

DX systems not eligible.

$5,000
Replace a ground Source Heat Pump unit – pump
  • Existing system capacity must be ≤ 40kW.

Open Systems

  • Heating COPh ≥ 3.6 with 10°C entering water
  • Cooling COPc ≥ 4.75 with 15°C entering water

Closed Loop Systems

  • Heating COPh ≥ 3.1 with 0°C entering water
  • Cooling COPc ≥ 3.93 with 25°C entering water

Product eligibility list

DX systems are not eligible.

$3,000

Air and Cold Climate Heat Pumps

For air source heat pumps, there are two levels of grants depending on the size of the equipment installed. Learn more about heat pumps

Criteria:

The following installation requirements must be met:

  • Attestations: It is highly recommended that homeowners get two attestations from the contractor:
  • Eligible product lists: Your new pump must be on the list of eligible products (view below)
  • Purchase location: All equipment must be purchased in Canada. Online purchases are only eligible if they are ordered from an online distributor in Canada.
  • Performance criteria (see below)
Equipment Energy efficiency performance criteria Grant Amount

Air source heat pump (ASHP)
Install a complete ENERGY STAR certified new or replacement air source heat pump (ASHP) system or a variable capacity cold climate air source heat pump (ccASHP) system, intended to service the entire home.

The newly installed system must meet the following criteria:

Note: In case of central split ducted and single package systems, if part of the ENERGY STAR certified system, the furnace or air handler must always be the specified matching unit.

$2,500

Install a complete ENERGY STAR certified new or replacement air source heat pump (ASHP) system, intended to service the entire home (not available for Quebec or Nova Scotia residents)

The newly installed system must meet the following criteria:

  • minimum total rated heating capacity at 8.3°C of 3.52kW (12,000 Btu/h)
  • HSPF (AHRI Climate Region Zone IV) ≥ 10
  • minimum three indoor heads for ductless units or central system
  • Your new pump must be on the list of eligible products (not available for Quebec or Nova Scotia residents)

Note: In case of central split ducted and single package systems, if part of the ENERGY STAR certified system, the furnace or air handler must always be the specified matching unit.

$4,000

Cold Climate Heat Pumps (CCHP)
Install a complete ENERGY STAR certified new or replacement variable capacity cold climate air source heat pump (ccASHP) system, intended to service the entire home.

  • a new or replacement CCHP system intended to service the entire home
  • compressor must be variable capacity with three or more distinct operating speeds, or continuously variable speed
  • minimum total rated heating capacity at 8.3°C of 3.52kW (12,000 BTU/h)
  • HSPF (AHRI Climate Region Zone IV) ≥ 10
  • minimum three indoor heads for ductless or central system
  • COP of ≥ 1.8 at -15°C (5°F) (at maximum capacity operation);
  • capacity Maintenance (Max -15°C (5°F)/Rated 8.3°C (47°F)) ≥ 70%
  • Your new pump must be on the list of eligible products
  • Quebec and Nova Scotia residents: Your new pump must be on the list of eligible products

Note: For central ducted systems, if part of the cold climate heat pump listed systems, the furnace or air handler must always be the specified matching unit.

$5,

Domestic Hot Water Equipment

Water heating accounts for over 20% of the energy used in the average Canadian home. Learn more about making the switch to a more energy-efficient water heater to save money on your energy bill and reduce your carbon footprint.

There are installation requirements that must be met as follows:

  • Must be installed by a licenced and trained professional. When using a licensed professional it is highly recommended that you obtain proof of their licence to install equipment in your province or territory.
  • Your new water heater must be on the list of eligible products
  • All equipment must be purchased in Canada. Online purchases are only eligible if they are ordered from an online distributor in Canada.
Option: Eligibility criteria for reimbursement Grant amount per home
Replace your domestic water heater with an ENERGY STAR certified domestic hot water heat pump (DHW-HP)

Energy efficiency performance and installation

  • ENERGY STAR certification as defined at the first home evaluation (pre-retrofit)
  • Capacity ≤ 55 gal
    • EF ≥ 2.00 with FHR ≥ 50 gallons per hour or UEF ≥ 2.00 FHR ≥ 45 gallons per hour
  • Capacity > 55 gal
    • EF ≥ 2.20 FHR ≥ 50 gallons per hour or UEF ≥ 2.20 FHR ≥ 45 gallons per hour
$1,000

Renewable Energy Systems

Renewable energy is energy derived from natural processes that are replenished at a rate that is equal to or faster than the rate at which they are consumed. Under the Canada Greener Homes initiative, you can receive a grant for installing solar photovoltaic technology that converts sunlight directly into electricity. Under our climate resiliency grants, you may be eligible for reimbursements for a portion of the cost of the installation of batteries to store your solar energy. Learn more about solar panels for homes.

Eligibility criteria for reimbursementFootnote4:

  • All equipment must be purchased in Canada
  • Online purchases are only eligible if they are ordered from an online distributor in Canada.
  • The system must be composed of photovoltaic (PV) panel and inverter certified to CSA Standards
  • The rated PV panel must have peak power capacity higher than or equal to 1.0 kW
Option: Incentive amount
Single-family home MURBs
Install solar panels (photovoltaic (PV) system) ≥ 1.0 kW $1,000 per kW $1000

Thermostats

Smart or programmable thermostats help improve your comfort, help you save money on your energy bill and reduce your carbon footprint. Choosing a smart or programmable thermostat allows you to schedule temperatures to automatically adjust to energy-saving time-frames.

Eligibility criteria for reimbursement:

  • Must be combined with another retrofit measures from the Canada Greener Homes Grant.

    Exclusions: New heat pumps are installed with new thermostats and cannot be combined with this grant. A resiliency measures and a thermostat must be combined with another measure (in order to qualify for the grants).

  • All equipment must be purchased in Canada.
  • Online purchases are only eligible if they are ordered from an online distributor in Canada.
Option: Grant amount
Replace a manual thermostat by a programmable or smart / adaptive thermostat $50

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