Canada Launches Greener Homes Grant

The government of Canada has launched the ‘Canada Greener Homes Grant,’ which will help up to 700,000 Canadian homeowners across the country improve the energy efficiency of their homes and reduce their energy bills through an investment of $2.6 billion over seven years. Homeowners will be able to receive grants of up to $5,000 to make energy efficient retrofits to their primary residences and up to $600 to help with the cost of home energy evaluations. Eligible home improvements and upgrades include replacing windows and doors, adding insulation, sealing air leaks, improving heating and cooling systems – such as with heat pumps – and purchasing renewable energy systems like solar panels. Retrofits that help protect homes from weather events – such as floods, wind damage, and power outages – are also eligible for the grant if they are done in combination with measures that improve energy efficiency. The grants are retroactive to December 1, 2020. In addition, the government will recruit and train up to 2,000 energy advisors to help provide guidance, advice, and timely evaluations to Canadians.