Affordable Housing Eligibility

To apply for the Affordable Housing program, you must first complete and return an application form. Download form here.

 

Residential Rentals

 

Not-for-profit Properties

To be eligible, applicants must be registered with the Nova Scotia Registry of Joint Stocks as a Society, Non-Profit Cooperative, or Limited Guarantee Company. Non-profit organizations must own their building; tenants who are renting are not eligible.

  • Shelters – Must offer rent-free housing.
  • Transition Houses – Must offer rent-free housing.
  • Non-bed facilities – Must provide support services for the low-income community. Examples include but are not restricted to: food banks, community outreach and support centres, employment and education centres and social enterprises. Eligibility is evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Restrictions

  • All upgrades must be preapproved by Efficiency Nova Scotia prior to installation to qualify for rebates.
  • Annual energy savings are meant to offset pressures on tenant rental rates. As such, the customer will notify Efficiency Nova Scotia if average rental rates at the property are expected to increase more the Nova Scotia All-item Consumer Price Index.
  • Properties not eligible for incentives include but are not limited to; military housing, long-term care facilities, health facilities, condominiums, corporations, hospitality lodging, youth camps, hostels, cottages, campgrounds, academic dormitories, and any rental housing that exceeds the eligible rental rate cut-offs.
  • New construction projects are not eligible for incentives.
  • For-profit businesses may submit a maximum 2 existing rental properties for the program per calendar year. Non-profit and charitable organizations are not restricted in the numbers of properties enrolled.
  • Affordable rental & co-operative rebates are capped at a maximum of $16,155 per affordable unit or $300,000 per project or 80% project cost, whichever is lower.
  • Rooming house rebates are capped at a maximum of $5,385 per affordable room or $300,000 per project or 80% project cost, whichever is lower.
  • Not-for-profit shelters and transition houses rebates are capped at a maximum of $300,000 per project or 100% of project costs, whichever is lower.
  • Not-for-profit non-bed facilities rebates are capped at a maximum of $300,000 per project or 80% of project costs, whichever is lower.

Additional Restrictions for Affordable Rentals and Co-operatives Containing 1-3 Units

  • 100% of rental units must be less than or equal to the rental rate cut-offs found in the Prescriptive Affordable Housing Agreement at the time of project completion.
  • The landlord or owner must be willing to commit to 6 years of affordable housing upon acceptance of rebates from Efficiency Nova Scotia, as per the Prescriptive Affordable Housing Agreement.
  • Eligible upgrades include heat pumps and hot water heating only.

 

Additional Restrictions for Affordable Rentals and Co-operatives Containing 4+ Units

  • 4 or 30% of rental units (whichever is greater) must be less than or equal to the rental rate cut-offs found in the Comprehensive Affordable Housing Agreement at the time of project completion.
  • The landlord or owner must be willing to commit to 12 years of affordable housing upon acceptance of rebates from Efficiency Nova Scotia, as per the Comprehensive Affordable Housing Agreement.
  • Eligible upgrades will be determined by a certified energy auditor. Efficiency Nova Scotia reserves the right to determine eligibility for rebates on a case-by-case basis.

Visit https://www.efficiencyns.ca/business/business-types/affordable-housing/ for more information about program eligibility requirements. If you are unsure about whether your building is eligible for the program, please contact an Energy Solutions Advisor by calling 1-877-999-6035.