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Canada Greener Homes Grant

Launched on May 27, 2021, the Greener Homes Grant offers Canadian homeowners up to 700,000 grants of up to $5,000 to complete energy-efficient retrofit upgrades to their homes, including insulation upgrades.

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.

As Ontario's leading insulation and building envelope experts, Great Northern Insulation provides professionally installed insulation and air sealing services that help Ontario homeowners qualify for the Canada Greener Homes Grant. Whether you're interested in upgrading your attic, exterior walls, crawlspace, basement, garage, exposed floor, or overall home air sealing, GNI can help guide you through the Greener Homes Grant process. Additionally, the Greener Homes Grant can be combined with the Enbridge Home Efficiency Rebate or other rebate programs available in Ontario.

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 Canada-wide to eligible homeowners, regardless of location.

The following property types are eligible for the Greener Homes Grant:

Additionally, the homeowner must provide proof of ownership and be able to show that the home is registered as your primary residence. Only one homeowner per home can register for the 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.

 

Important Program Notes & Benefits

 

Process

The Greener Homes Grant is similar in process to other rebate programs such as the Enbridge Home Efficiency Rebate. 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).

Great Northern Insulation recommends the following path for our Ontario customers:

  1. Complete a free assessment from Great Northern Insulation for an insulation quote to maximize savings.
  2. Complete your online registration on the Greener Homes Grant Portal. The homeowner is responsible for this step.
  3. Complete a pre-work home energy audit (EnerGuide evaluation) with Barrier Sciences Group. The cost of the pre- and post-work energy audits, up to $600, will be reimbursed as part of the grant finalization.
  4. Complete at least one energy efficiency retrofit (two retrofits if stacking with the Home Efficiency Rebate) that is both eligible and recommended in the energy audit report.
  5. Complete a post-work home energy audit (EnerGuide evaluation) with Barrier Sciences Group.
  6. Upload all documents online via the Greener Homes Grant portal to complete all requirements and receive your reimbursement.
  7. Keep all documentation until March 31, 2028.

 

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Insulation & Air Sealing Grant Amounts Overview

 

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 of R-10 to R-22

Crawlspace Walls:

Add insulation value greater than R-24

Crawlspace 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 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

 

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