Canada Greener Homes Grant

The Greener Homes Grant opened on May 27, 2021, and offers homeowners Canada-wide up to 700,000 reimbursement grants of a maximum of $5,000 to complete energy-efficient retrofit upgrades to their homes. 

The initiative is part of the 2020 Fall Economic Statement, where it was announced that Natural Resources Canada would be provided with $2.6 billion over 7 years to help Canadian homeowners improve their overall energy efficiency.

By improving home energy efficiency and airtightness, Canadians can decrease their overall energy usage and carbon footprint. The Greener Homes Grant helps Canadians to lower heating and cooling costs year-round, improve their understanding of what makes a home efficient, and band together to create more energy-efficient, sustainable communities.

 

Eligibility

The Greener Homes Grant is available to all eligible homeowners Canada-wide of the following housing types:

  • Single and semi-detached houses
  • Row housing and townhomes
  • Mobile homes on a permanent foundation
  • Permanently-moored floating homes
  • Low-rise multi-unit residential buildings (provided they are under three storeys or 600m2 [6,458ft2] in footprint)
  • Mixed-use buildings (residential portion only, provided they are under three storeys or 600m2 [6,458ft2] in footprint)
  • All season cottages

To be eligible, the homeowner must provide proof that the home to be retrofitted is registered as their primary residence, and must provide proof of ownership. Only one homeowner per residence may apply for the Canada Greener Homes Grant.

Indigenous governments, organizations, housing management bodies, and other representative organizations (including Indigenous organizations with formal partnerships with Indigenous governments or organizations) are also eligible for the Greener Homes Grant. Indigenous applicants can submit multiple homes, including those that are not the owner's primary residence. The home must still be owned by the applicant and occupied by an Indigenous household.

 

Additional Notes & Information

  • A $600 reimbursement for the pre- and post-work EnerGuide energy assessments is provided as part of the total grant reimbursement for the Canada Greener Homes Grant. The homeowner is responsible for the upfront costs.
  • The tax amount of your retrofit costs are included in the below grant amounts and will be reimbursed if eligible.
  • The federal grants provided through the Greener Homes Grant are not taxable and do not have to be declared as income.
  • You cannot receive a grant amount larger than the cost displayed on your invoice. If the total cost of the retrofit is less than the grant amount you are eligible for, you will only receive a grant up to the amount on your invoice.

 

Process

Qualifying for the Greener Homes Grant requires a pre-work energy audit, the completion of at least one energy efficiency retrofit upgrade, and a post-work energy audit following the upgrade(s).

  1. Register online at the Greener Homes Grant Portal, selecting Barrier Sciences Group as your service organization for your EnerGuide evaluations.
  2. Complete your first home EnerGuide evaluation with Barrier Sciences Group. Up to $600 towards the cost of these energy audits will be reimbursed on successful completion of the Greener Homes Grant.
  3. Complete at least one energy efficiency retrofit that is both eligible and recommended in the energy audit report.
  4. Complete your post-work home EnerGuide evaluation with Barrier Sciences Group.
  5. Upload all required documentation to the Greener Homes Grant portal to receive reimbursement for your eligible scopes.
  6. Keep all documentation until March 31, 2028.

 

Grant Amounts Overview

Home Insulation & Air Sealing Upgrades

  • Up to $1,800 for attic/ceiling insulation.

  • Up to $5,000 for exterior wall insulation.

  • Up to $350 for exposed floor insulation.

  • Up to $400 for basement slab insulation.

  • Up to $1,000 for air sealing upgrades.

  • Up to $1,500 for basement wall insulation.

  • Up to $1,300 for crawl space wall insulation OR up to $800 for crawlspace ceiling insulation. If a homeowner is also insulating the basement, the maximum they can receive for insulating both areas is $1,500.

 

Home Mechanics, Doors/Windows, Renewable Energy, Resliency Measures & Thermostats

  • Up to $5,000 total for replacing windows and doors with ENERGY STAR Most Efficient Models.

  • Up to $50 for adding a smart thermostat (must be combined with another retrofit)

  • Up to $5,000 for upgrading to more energy-efficient heating equipment

  • Up to $5,000 for installing photovoltaic solar panels

  • Up to $2,625 for resiliency measures including batteries connected to photovaltaic solar panels, roofing membranes, foundation waterproofing and misture-proofing crawlspaces.

 

Insulation & Air Sealing - Detailed Grant Amounts

 

Attic & Ceiling Insulation

Up to $1,800 is available for attic or ceiling insulation upgrades that insulate a minimum of 20% of the total area of the attic or ceiling.

 

Grant Amounts

Existing level of insulation

Attic:

Achieved total minimum insulation value of R-50 for the attic

Flat Roof and/or Cathedral Ceiling:

Achieved total minimum insulation value of R-28 on a flat roof and/or cathedral ceiling.

Flat Roof and/or Cathedral Ceiling:

Achieved total minimum of R-20 on a previously uninsulated flat roof and/or cathedral ceiling.

No insulationN/AN/A$600
R-12 and Less$1,800$600$600
Between R-12 and R-25$600$250N/A
Between R-25 and R-35$250N/AN/A

 

Exterior Wall Insulation

Up to $5,000 is available for exterior wall insulation upgrades that insulates a minimum of 20% of the exterior wall area (excluding foundation walls, which are a separate grant - see below in Basement/Foundation Insulation).

The total reimbursement amount is prorated based on the total percentage of the wall that a homeowner chooses to insulate. If you insulate 50% of your wall area, you will receive 50% of the amounts listed below. To achieve the full amounts below, 100% of the wall area must be insulated.

For homeowners of a semi-detached or end unit row house, the maximum grant eligibility is 75% of the below amounts. For a middle-unit row house, the maximum grant eligibility is 50% of the below amounts. There are no grant incentives for insulating walls between individual units.

 

Grant Amounts

Percent of exterior wall area insulatedAdd insulation value of R-7.5 to R-12Add insulation value of R-12 to R-20Add insulation above R-20
20%$660$760$1,000
100%$3,300$3,800$5,000

 

Basement/Foundation Insulation

Up to $1,500 is available for basement or foundation wall insulation that insulates a minimum of 20% of the wall area of the foundation, including basement and crawl space walls.

For homes with both a basement and crawlspace, the below grants are pro-rated to a maximum of $1,500. The below grants can be combined to increase the total grant amount. For instance, a homeowner can improve the basement wall insulation alongside insulating the entire basement header to receive both grant amounts.

For homeowners of a semi-detached or end unit row house, the maximum grant eligibility is 75% of the below amounts. For a middle-unit row house, the maximum grant eligibility is 50% of the below amounts. There are no grant incentives for insulating walls between individual units.

Seal and insulate at least:Grant Amounts
80% of your entire basement header area to increase its insulation value by a minimum of R-20$240
50% of your entire basement slab by a minimum of R-3.5$400

 

Minimum Additional Basement Wall InsulationGrant Amounts
Percent area that you choose to insulateAdd insulation value between R10 and R22Add insulation greater than R22
20%$210$300
100%$1,050$1,500

 

Crawlspace Insulation

Up to $1,300 is available for adding insulation to crawlspace walls and header or crawlspace ceiling. The entire crawlspace area defined in your home energy audit must be insulated in order to receive the below amounts. If you are also insulating your basement, the maximum available grant is $1,500 between both basement and crawlspace.

For homeowners of a semi-detached or end unit row house, the maximum grant eligibility is 75% of the below amounts. For a middle-unit row house, the maximum grant eligibility is 50% of the below amounts.

 Grant Amounts
Crawlspace Area

Crawlspace Walls:

Add insulation value greater than R-22

Crawlspace Walls:

Add insulation value greater than R-24

Crawlspace Ceiling:

Add insulation value of R-10 to R-22

Insulate 100% of the crawlspace's total exterior wall area, including the header area.$1,040$1,300N/A
Insulate 100% of the crawlspace's ceiling (preferably with minimum continuous insulation)N/AN/A$800

 

 

Garage/Exposed Floor Insulation

A $350 grant is available for adding a minimum of R-20 to the entire exposed floor area, provided the exposed floor area is a minimum of 120 square feet or 11 square meters. This grant includes overhangs and floors above unheated spaces, including unheated garages. Crawlspaces are a separate grant - above in Crawl Space Insulation).

Insulation Option:Grant Amount
Insulate exposed floor area of a minimum 120sqft (11 square meters) with minimum additional insulation to R-20$350

 

Air Sealing Upgrades

Up to $1,000 is available for air sealing upgrades that improve your home's airtightness, as defined on your pre- and post-work energy audits.

The Renovation Upgrade Report (RUR) obtained following your pre-and post-work energy upgrades will provide the airtightness target for your home. By having a professional company like Great Northern Insulation complete air sealing upgrades in addition to your insulation upgrades, you can achieve larger grant values for surpassing the airtightness target as outlined in your Renovation Upgrade Report.

Insulation Options:Grant Amounts
Meet the air sealing target in your Renovation Upgrade Report (RUR)$550
Surpass the air sealing target in your RUR by 10% (i.e 0.9 x target value)$810
Surpass the air sealing target in your RUR by 20% (i.e 0.8 x target value)$1,000



Home Mechanics, Doors/Windows, Renewable Energy & Resiliency Measures - Detailed Grant Amounts

 

Windows and Doors

Up to $5,000 is available in total grants for installing new ENERGY STAR certified models of windows and doors.

All equipment must be purchased in Canada, and must be on an eligible list provided by Natural Resources Canada. The ENERGY STAR labels must be left on your new windows and doors to be verified in your post-work EnerGuide evaluation.

Options:Grant Amounts (Per Rough Opening)

Replace your windows or sliding glass doors with ENERGY STAR certified models:

  • U-Factor of 1.22 W/m²K or less or
  • Energy Rating >= 34
  • Must be on the NRCAN approved list of windows or sliding glass doors.
$125

Replace your windows or sliding glass doors with ENERGY STAR Most Efficient models:

  • U-Factor of 1.05 W/m²K or less or
  • Energy Rating >= 40
  • Must be on the NRCAN approved list of windows or sliding glass doors.
$810

Replace hinged doors, with or without sadelites or transoms ENERGY STAR certified models: 

  • U-Factor =< 1.22 W/m²K or
  • Energy Rating >= 34
  • Must be on the NRCAN approved list of hinged doors, sidelites and transoms.
$1,000

 

 

Home Heating

The Canada Greener Homes Grant includes up to $5,000 for homeowners who switch to more energy-efficient heating equipment.

Full details for available heating retrofit grants, including eligible device criteria and eligible device lists, can be found on the NRCAN website here.

Home Heating Options:

Grant Amounts

New installation of Ground Source Heat Pump system

$5,000

Replacement of Ground Source Heat Pump - pump unit

$3,000

Installation of an ENERGY STAR certified new or replacement air source heat pump (ASHP) system or a variable capacity cold climate air source heat pump (ccASHP) system.

Up to $4,000

Installation of a complete ENERGY STAR certified new or replacement variable capacity cold climate air source heat pump (ccASHP) system.

$5,000

Replace your existing domestic water heater with an ENERGY STAR certified domestic hot water heat pump (DHW-HP).

$1,000

 

Renewable Energy

Up to $5,000 is available through the Canada Greener Homes Grant for installing photovoltaic solar panels to a single-family home or MURB.

All renewable energy equipment must be purchased in Canada and composed of photovoltaic panel and inverter certified to CSA standards, and online purchases are only eligible if purchased from a Canadian online distributor. The rated photovoltaic panel must have peak power capacity higher than or equal to 1.0 kW.

Renewable Energy Options:Grant Amount
Single-family homeMURBs

Install solar panels (photovoltaic system) >= 1.0 kW

$1,000 per kW$1,000

 

Resiliency Measures

Up to $2,625 is avialable through the Canada Greener Homes Grant for resiliency measure sthat help protect your home and family from environmental damages, including those caused by climate change.

The below resiliency measure grant amounts must be combined with another eligible energy efficient retrofit, and cannot be claimed through the Canada Greener Homes Grant on their own.

Resiliency Options

Grant Amount

Batteries connected to photovoltaic systems to provide standby power

$1,000

Self-adhering roofing membrane underlayment applied to entire roof

$150

Home foundation waterproofing

$875

Moistureproofing entirety of crawlspace area

$600

 

The Canada Greener Homes Grant offers home efficiency renovation grants up to $5,000.

Homeowners Canada-wide are eligible for the Canada Greener Homes Grant, announced on May 27, 2021. This new incentive offers up to $5,000 in grants for home efficiency retrofit renovations, plus a $600 reimbursement for pre- and post-work EnerGuide evaluations. Eligible retrofit scopes include home insulation, heating, doors, windows, photovoltaic solar panels, resiliency measures, and thermostats.

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