The Canada Greener Homes Grants Program
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Canada Greener Homes Grant

Interest in the Canada Greener Homes Grant is very high and our contracted delivery partners are working hard to keep up with demand. Homeowners can expect wait times to vary to have an energy assessment and you may be placed on a waitlist. We ask that customers not place their names on multiple waitlists. The Canada Greener Homes Grant is a multi-year program and we thank you for your patience as we work with delivery partners to meet the high demand for assessments across the province.

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How to Receive Your Greener Homes Grant

The Greener Homes initiative offers grants of up to $5,000 to help homeowners make energy efficiency retrofits to their primary residences. To qualify, Canadians must obtain an EnerGuide assessment prior to installing any upgrades.

To qualify, homeowners must verify their home meets program eligibility requirements and obtain a pre-retrofit EnerGuide home energy evaluation before completing at least one retrofit that is both eligible and recommended by their energy advisor in their report.

On August 1, 2021, the amount a homeowner pays for a Home Energy Assessment will increase from $99 to $199, to reflect an increased demand in the program and the additional scope of work required to deliver the Canada Greener Homes Grant. Homeowners who qualify for the Greener Homes program and install at least one eligible Greener Homes retrofit recommended by your energy advisor will be reimbursed $100 following your post-retrofit evaluation.

The Canada Greener Homes Grant is retroactive to December 1, 2020, provided homeowners completed their pre-retrofit evaluation on or after April 1, 2020 and their home meets program eligibility requirements. Only qualifying upgrades installed on or after Dec 1, 2020 are eligible for rebates. If your pre-retrofit assessment was conducted before April 1, 2020 your upgrades are not eligible for Greener Homes incentives.  You will need to book a new assessment for any new upgrades to meet Greener Homes eligibility requirements.

New Program Registrants: To book a Home Energy Assessment, please contact one of our approved Energy Advisors. They can help you determine if your home meets program eligibility requirements.

Current Program Registrants: If you’ve already booked your Home Energy Assessment, are on a waiting list to receive an assessment, or have already completed your pre-retrofit assessment, you will be automatically registered for the federal Greener Homes grants, provided your home meets eligibility requirements.

If your pre-retrofit assessment was conducted before April 1, 2020 your upgrades are not eligible for Greener Homes incentives.  You will need to book a new assessment for any new upgrades to meet Greener Homes eligibility requirements.

Past Program Registrants: If you installed eligible upgrades after December 1, 2020 and have already completed your post-retrofit assessment, you will be contacted to confirm your eligibility for Greener Homes grants.

More details on the Canada Greener Homes grants are available here: https://www.nrcan.gc.ca/energy-efficiency/homes/canada-greener-homes-grant/23441

 

Frequently Asked Questions
1. What upgrades are eligible for Canada Greener Homes grants?

Eligible upgrades include: home insulation, windows and doors, solar panels, heat pumps, and smart thermostats. A full list of eligible upgrade categories, specific models eligible and additional details on the program are available on the Canada Greener Homes Grant website.

2. Who is eligible to receive for Canada Greener Homes grants?
  • Canadian homeowners with a property in Canada are eligible for an EnerGuide evaluation and can apply for the Canada Greener Homes Grant. Homeowners will be required to provide documentation demonstrating that the property where the upgrades are to be completed is their primary residence.
  • To receive Greener Homes grants, you must be enrolled in the Home Energy Assessment program.
  • Landlords are not eligible for the Canada Greener Homes Grant.
  • If your pre-retrofit assessment was conducted before April 1, 2020 you will need to book a new assessment.
3. With COVID-19, what steps will be taken to ensure that homeowners are kept safe and healthy given energy advisors will be entering their homes?

Along with maintaining social distancing between staff and customers, we have put additional health measures in place to keep each other safe:

  • Screening for symptoms and other health-related safety considerations before making a visit to your home or business
  • Ensuring gathering limits are followed where social distancing cannot be maintained due to location size
  • Wearing non-medical masks and gloves while working in your home or business
  • Mandatory training on proper procedures to put on and remove non-medical masks and gloves
  • Using hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes and cleaners
  • Frequent cleaning of equipment and high touch areas
    4. Can the Greener Homes grants be stacked with other Efficiency Nova Scotia rebates?

    We’re working closely with Natural Resources Canada on the rollout of Greener Homes grants in Nova Scotia. Greener Homes grants are only available through the Home Energy Assessment program. We expect most grants to be stackable with our existing rebates in the Home Energy Assessment program.

    5. What if I don’t want to wait for an assessment?

    An assessment is the best way to know which upgrades will result in the most savings for your home. Nova Scotians can still access Nova Scotia-only rebates without obtaining an EnerGuide assessment for upgrades like heat pumps through Efficiency Nova Scotia’s Heating System Rebates (link to: https://www.efficiencyns.ca/residential/products-rebates/heating-system-rebates/) and for solar PV systems through the SolarHomes program. (link to: https://www.efficiencyns.ca/residential/programs-services/solar-homes/)

    6. If I receive rebates from another Efficiency Nova Scotia program, can I still participate in Home Energy Assessment?

    Nova Scotians who participate in the SolarHomes or Heating System Rebates programs are still eligible to participate in the Home Energy Assessment program to receive provincial and federal rebates for other efficiency measures, such as insulation. Greener Homes rebates are only available through the Home Energy Assessment program and cannot be combined with rebates from other Efficiency Nova Scotia programs.

    8. Why is the Home Energy Assessment fee increasing?

    The amount a homeowner pays is increasing to reflect the additional work required to assess your home and include recommendations in your upgrade report that qualify for the Canada Greener Homes Grant. Efficiency Nova Scotia is also increasing its upfront discount, which covers more than 80% of the cost of your energy assessments, and you will be reimbursed $100 following your post-retrofit evaluation if you install at least one eligible Greener Homes retrofit recommended by your energy advisor.

    9. Why $100?

    Efficiency Nova Scotia consulted with program administrators in other parts of the country, including New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, to determine an appropriate and reasonable increase given the additional scope of work required to deliver the Canada Greener Homes Grant. Nova Scotians will still pay less than homeowners in most other parts of Canada and the $100 is reimbursable following your post-retrofit evaluation if you install at least one eligible Greener Homes retrofit recommended by your energy advisor.

    10. What about the $600 for EnerGuide evaluations offered through the Canada Greener Homes Grant?

    In many other provinces, a homeowner pays the full cost of the EnerGuide evaluations and can be reimbursed up to $600 if they complete at least one eligible Greener Homes retrofit recommended by their energy advisor. In Nova Scotia, Efficiency Nova Scotia provides a discount of more than 80% on the cost of your energy assessments to reduce upfront costs and help make the program accessible to a wider range of homeowners. While the amount a homeowner pays is increasing by $100, it will be reimbursed following your post-retrofit evaluation if you install at least one eligible Greener Homes retrofit recommended by your energy advisor.