Affordable Housing Eligibility

Residential Rentals

Not-for-profit Properties

  • 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 National All-item Consumer Price Index.
  • Properties not eligible for incentives include but are not limited to; public housing, 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.

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

  • 100% of rental units (whichever is greater) 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 50% 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.