Important Update on the Canada Greener Homes Initiative.
Homeowners undertaking energy-efficient retrofits can still apply for an interest-free Greener Homes Loan of up to $40,000 from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). If your windows or doors are due for a change, NOW’S THE TIME to replace them. The Canada Greener Homes Initiative offers significant financial incentives to cover your home improvement costs. We’re here to help you get the most of it, so you can:
- Save more energy and money
- Increase your home’s resale value
- Reduce your home’s carbon footprint
Maximize Your Return on Investment in New Windows
Our RevoCell® windows are certified ENERGY STAR® 2024 Most Efficient, even in double-pane configuration. In triple-pane, their performance has yet to be matched. Priced competitively, on par with regular windows, they also qualify for the maximum amount redeemable under the existing financial incentives, so you can get more of your hard-earned money back.
What is the Canada Greener Homes Initiative?
The Canada Greener Homes Initiative is a program from the federal government aimed at raising the energy efficiency of residential buildings, reducing greenhouse emissions, and stimulating the growth of a greener economy. It offers financial incentives for homeowners to help undertake home improvements to make them more energy-efficient and resilient in face of extreme weather. The Initiative is comprised of a Canada Greener Homes Grant of up to $5,000, and an interest-free Canada Greener Homes Loan of up to $40,000. Both the Grant and the Loan are conditional on performing an EnerGuide home evaluation with a NRCan approved energy advisor. An extra of up to $600 towards the cost of the energy assessment is also available.
Interest-free Loan of up to $40,000
Homeowners participating in the Canada Greener Homes Grant, including through the Home Efficiency Rebate Plus (HER+), also qualify for an interest-free Canada Greener Homes Loan of up to $40,000. The Loan is issued by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) and payable over a 10-year period. The Loan also allows for an advance payment of up to 15%, making it easier for homeowners to sign with contractors most of whom require a deposit.
Home improvements can get costly, but should be done right. Access to financing allows homeowners to undertake larger projects, which brings economies of scale. When you factor in inflation, interest-free loans mean extra savings down the road. And when that money comes from the government, you’re using your own tax money. This is an incredible opportunity.
Greener Homes Grant: up to $5,000 back
As of January 19, 2024, the Canada's Greener Homes Grant program has been paused.
Announced in 2020 and launched in 2021, the Greener Homes Grant reimburses up to $5000 for qualifying retrofits. The grant is conditional on performing an EnerGuide home assessment, and also covers an extra of up to $600 for it. Qualifying retrofits should be recommended by the advisor to make residences more energy-efficient, and can include windows and doors, home insulation, heating equipment, and renewable energy. Other upgrades like resiliency measures, air sealing, and programmable thermostats are also covered, albeit to a lesser extent.
Home Efficiency Rebate Plus: now, up to $10,000 back!
As of January 19, 2024, the HER+ program has been paused.
As of 2023, the Canada Greener Homes Grant is implemented in Ontario by Enbridge Gas, whose Home Efficiency Rebate (HER) was expanded to the Home Efficiency Rebate Plus (HER+) program. Under the new program, the maximum redeemable amount for Enbridge Gas customers went up from $250 to $325 per qualifying window, and the maximum total increased from $5,000 to $10,000. That’s great news for those looking to undertake more extensive home improvements.
Need more info on the Greener Homes Initiative? Check out some frequently asked questions:
- How much can a homeowner get for retrofits in total?
Up to $5,000 is available as all retrofits under the Canada Greener Homes Grant for all homeowners. Enbridge Gas customers in Ontario can get up to $10,000 through the HER+ program.
- Is the energy audit included in the maximum redeemable amount?
The EnerGuide audit costs extra, but up to $600 extra can be reimbursed from the Canada Greener Homes Grant / Home Efficiency Rebate Plus. That additional $600 doesn’t count towards your maximum grant/rebate amount.
- How much money can you get back in grants for changing windows and doors?
- ENERGY STAR 2024 Most Efficient rated windows: up to $250 per rough opening / up to $325 for Enbridge Gas customers
- ENERGY STAR rated doors: up to $125 per rough opening / up to $325 for Enbridge Gas customers)
- $125 for ENERGY STAR rated doors (including hinged and sliding doors, with transoms and sidelights)
- Total: up to $5,000 / $10,000 for Enbridge Gas customers
- How do I break down the grant amount I can expect to receive?
Windows and door grants are calculated on a rough opening basis. That means that multi-panel/composite windows, or doors with sidelites and transoms, are treated as a single unit per rough opening. For example, your bay window may consist of three or more separate frames, but it is still counted as filling a single rough opening.
- Are window and door repairs or alterations covered?
No. Glass-only or sash replacement for windows, or door slab or insert replacement for doors, without a frame replacement, are ineligible for the grant/rebate.
- How do I know which products are covered under the grant?
All products must be purchased and manufactured in Canada.
All eligible manufacturers and their products must be registered on the NRCan database and ENERGY STAR rated. All of our windows are registered under manufacturer Nordik Windows.
All Energy Star labels must be kept on the windows and doors until after the final energy audit. Should any labels be misplaced after installation, please contact us for new labels.
- I replaced my windows in 2019. Can I still apply for the grant?
Unfortunately, retrofits performed before December 2020 are not covered by the Greener Homes Grant.
- I replaced my windows recently, but I did not do an energy audit. Can I apply for the grant?
Energy audits, before and after the retrofits, are required for grant/rebate eligibility. If your retrofit has begun but wasn’t pre-evaluated, your renovation isn’t eligible for this grant.
- Can I request grant money for new windows and doors if the initial evaluation does not explicitly recommend them?
At least one of the performed retrofits must be recommended by the energy advisor in their report to be eligible. Meaning, if the evaluator doesn't state that a specific retrofit is recommended, you may not receive money under the grant.
- What paperwork do I need to keep?
All receipts and documents must be kept from pre- and post-retrofit evaluations, as well as invoices for product and installation for all retrofit work done.
- Is it even worth getting my windows or doors replaced?
Windows and doors can also be among the more expensive home upgrades. Still, they qualify for the largest amount of funding. If your windows are leaky, replacing them will be a worthwhile investment anyway, and the grant will cover a significant portion of this expense.
- How do I find an energy evaluation company?
Homeowners are responsible for choosing a contractor to perform the EnerGuide home assessment. Ontarians are provided with a list of approved evaluators on the Enbridge Gas HER+ page. However, we are working directly with select NRCan approved evaluators across Ontario and can help you get set up with an appointment in as little as 48 hours. You can also go with an evaluator you prefer as long as they are approved by and registered with NRCan.
Please note, we are not financially associated with energy advisers, nor do we benefit financially from this relationship. Customers are not obligated to use the services of the advisers we refer them to for their EnerGuide energy audit, and we make no representations or warranties with respect to their services and your eligibility for the above-mentioned grants.
- When will the Greener Home Grant end?
We can't say for certain, but we do know it won't last forever :(
Some reports are suggesting that the federal government will stop accepting new applicants to the Greener Homes Grant as early as March 2024.