Information on the Canada Greener Homes Grant

Information on the Canada Greener Homes Grant


Our homes contribute 18% of Canada's greenhouse gas emissions. The Government of Canada wants to help Canadians make their homes more energy-efficient. By doing this, homeowners will maintain their homes more efficiently and at less cost while also contributing to our environmental objectives. The Canada Greener Homes Grant will help homeowners make their homes more energy-efficient, create new jobs for energy advisors across the country, and increase our domestic green supply chains, all while fighting climate change.

What are the benefits of the initiative?

The program will provide grants for up to 700,000 households to upgrade their homes to improve their energy efficiency, including better insulation.

The EnerGuide program provides homeowners with evaluations (valued up to $600) and expert advice so that they may begin planning their retrofits.

Under the initiative, participants can receive up to $5,600.

Insulation & Air Sealing Rebate

Get up to $5000 for home insulation.

You have to update your eligible attic/ceiling, exterior wall, exposed floor, basement or foundation, and crawlspaces.

Get up to $1,000 for Air Sealing.

You must perform air sealing to improve the air-tightness of your home to achieve the air-change target.

The work must be done and installed by a licensed and trained professional.

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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 insulationAttic: Achieved total minimum insulation value of R-50 for the atticFlat 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 a 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 insulate 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 AreaCrawlspace Walls: Add insulation value of R-10 to R-22Crawlspace Walls: Add insulation value greater than R-24Crawlspace Ceiling: Add insulation value greater than R-24
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 pre- post-work energy upgrades will provide the airtightness target for your home. As a result of hiring a professional company like Reitzel Insulation to complete air sealing upgrades in addition to your insulation upgrades, you will be entitled to higher grant amounts for exceeding your airtightness target, as detailed 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

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Eligibility criteria for reimbursement:

Insulate a minimum of 20 percent of the total area of your attic or ceiling.

You must increase the insulation value (R-value or RSI)

Add insulation in the same location (eg.,attic floor vs attic ceiling) as the insulation present at the time of the pre-retrofit evaluation.)

Important:

  • The grant amounts reflect a situation where 100 percent of the ceiling area is one roof type. Your home may have a combination of ceiling types.
  • The total grant for any combination of attic, cathedral ceiling and flat roof insulation cannot exceed $1,800.
  • The total amount of your reimbursement will be calculated based on the total percentage of your attic that you choose to insulate.

For example, if you insulate 80% of your attic you would qualify for 80% of the amount listed below.

Who is eligible?

The program is open to all eligible homeowners in Canada, regardless of where they live. Each home can only have one homeowner register. You will need to:

Provide proof of ownership by providing your property tax bill number (found on your municipal property documents)

Please show proof of your primary residence, either your license or ID (with your address), or utility bills

  • Eligible property types:
  • Single and semi-detached houses
  • Row housing
  • Townhomes
  • All-season cottages
  • Mobile homes on a permanent foundation
  • Permanently-moored floating homes
  • Mixed-use buildings (residential portion only)
  • Small multi-unit residential building (three storeys or less with a footprint of 600m2 or less)

Initiative requirements:

The following must be done:

Perform a pre-and post-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation (residents of Quebec and Nova Scotia should apply directly to their provincial programs for their EnerGuide evaluation)

Complete at least one retrofit that is both eligible and recommended by your energy advisor. In order to receive reimbursement, homeowners must complete one or more retrofits.

Be sure to provide and keep copies of all your documents through March 31, 2028.

The products must be purchased in Canada. Only purchases made from a Canadian distributor online are eligible.

Our homes contribute 18% of Canada's greenhouse gas emissions. The Government of Canada wants to help Canadians make their homes more energy-efficient. By doing this, homeowners will maintain their homes more efficiently and at less cost while also contributing to our environmental objectives. The Canada Greener Homes Grant will help homeowners make their homes more energy-efficient, create new jobs for energy advisors across the country, and increase our domestic green supply chains, all while fighting climate change.

What expenses are eligible for reimbursement?

Following the completion of your retrofit, you can seek reimbursement for:

A maximum of $5,000 is available for eligible retrofits completed after December 1, 2020.

For EnerGuide evaluations conducted before and after a retrofit, the cost is limited to $600. Unless you receive a full Greener Homes Grant, the pre-retrofit evaluation will not be reimbursed. If your EnerGuide evaluation was completed before December 1, 2020, reimbursement would not be given.

In order to make sure you receive the maximum reimbursement possible, you must submit all of the following documentation:

Receipts for pre- post-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation

All receipts and invoices for products purchased and for their installation

Your energy advisor will upload yours before and after photos for you.

You need to keep copies of your documents until March 31, 2028. Note that the federal grants are not taxable and do not have to be declared as income.

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