How can the Canadian Greener Home Grant help me?

Homeowners who want to take on home renovation for a more energy efficient home can get some help thanks to the Canada Government Greener Homes Grant. This initiative allows for an assistance of up to $5,600 to help homeowners with their renovations, provide EnerGuide evaluations as well as expert advice to optimize the renovation process.

The Greener Homes Grant is administered by Natural Resources Canada, which assesses the eligibility and applications of homeowners and have the discretion of issuing this grant. Homeowners are solely responsible of ensuring that all requirements to obtain the grant are fulfilled when they apply. Lowe’s does not formulate or request the grant on behalf of homeowners and does not guarantee in any way that the grant will be approved and/or issued by Natural Resources Canada. Lowe’s does not guarantee the accuracy of the details included in this webpage. Details about the requirements to obtain the grant as well as the eligibility criteria are available on the NRCan website.

Grant program highlights

The right insulation for your home
An amount of up to $5,000
Good insulation goes a long way in reducing the chances of heat loss, reducing energy consumption, and saving money.

Insofar as the eligibility criteria and other requirements imposed by Natural Resources Canada are met, eligible work includes:
insulation of the attic, ceiling, exterior walls, exposed floors, foundation basement and crawl spaces.
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The right insulation for your home
An amount of up to $5,000
Good insulation goes a long way in reducing the chances of heat loss, reducing energy consumption, and saving money.

Insofar as the eligibility criteria and other requirements imposed by Natural Resources Canada are met, eligible work includes:
insulation of the attic, ceiling, exterior walls, exposed floors, foundation basement and crawl spaces.
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Home air-sealing
An amount of up to $1,000
Sometimes simply identifying and blocking air infiltration can make your home more airtight. It can also optimize the air-change rate.
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Doors and windows
An amount of up to $5,000
High-performance ENERGY STAR® windows allow for a higher level of comfort in your home and help reduce your energy consumption.
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Thermostats
An amount of up to $50
Smart or programmable thermostats represent a great choice for programming or automatically adjusting the temperature in the house. They allow for more comfort, better energy savings. Please note that this retrofit must be namely combined with another energy efficient renovation measure from the Canada Greener Homes grant to be eligible.
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Interior space and water heating
An amount of up to $5,000
More energy efficient space and water heating equipment optimizes savings on your utility invoices.
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Renewable energy systems
An amount of up to $5,000
Solar photovoltaic panels allow you to easily convert solar energy into electricity.
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Resiliency measures
An amount of up to $2,625
Be a part of the change and help protect your home and family from potential environmental damage. These renovations must namely be combined with another approved energy saving retrofit from the Canada Greener Homes grant be eligible.

Insofar as the eligibility criteria and other requirements imposed by Natural Resources Canada are met, eligible work includes:
Batteries connected to Photovoltaic systems to provide standby power for home, self-adhering roofing membrane applied to entire roof, foundation water-proofing and moisture proofing crawl space floor, walls and headers.
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Multi-unit residential buildings (MURBs)
There is only one EnerGuide assessment needed for the entire building. The maximum allowable amount is calculated according to the number of units in the building.

What is the government grant process?

Step 1: Get informed
Step 2: Register
Step 3: Retrofits
Step 4: Evaluation
Step 5: Reimbursement

Step 1: Learn more about the grant program

Who can qualify?
Canadian homeowners, no matter where they reside, can take part in this initiative. It is important to know that only one homeowner per home can apply. Amongst other things, it is mandatory to provide proof of ownership along with the property tax invoice number (number can be found in your municipal property documents) and to prove that this property is the owner's main residence - with a driver's license or a government-issued ID with the address.

Here is the list of styles of properties that are potentially eligible for government grant:
• 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 of three stories or less with a footprint of 600 m2 or less

And here is also a list of some styles of properties that are not eligible for the government grant:
• New homes
• Multi-unit residential buildings that are over three stories or over 600 m2 in footprint

Step 2: Registration and booking an evaluation for your house retrofits

Before you start renovating your home, it is essential to complete an assessment with a NRCan registered energy efficiency advisor. Registration is done online using the government grant website.

A new EnerGuide assessment is necessary if yours was completed before April 1, 2020.

If your EnerGuide evaluation was completed between April 1 and November 30, 2020, it is valid and it can be used for the grant program, but the costs related to this evaluation cannot be submitted for reimbursement. The residential work must have been completed by December 1, 2020 or afterwards and the products must be on the list of eligible and recommended products in your advisor's report.

If your assessment was completed after December 1, 2020, the costs related to it and to the work are eligible for reimbursement if you have completed at least one eligible and recommended retrofit from the report from your energy advisor.

Costs related to the evaluation of your home
The evaluation prices differ due to several factors. It could be affected by your house’s region, exact location (land) or size. The total amount to which you are entitled for is a maximum of $600, for the two assessments combined. With that being said, the reimbursement may not cover the full cost of these evaluations.

Specific instructions by province
The greener homes grant is available in Nova-Scotia and New-Brunswick, but we do not yet have all the information with respect to the applicable process in these provinces. When this information will be made available to us, we will include more information regarding applicable process in these two provinces on this web page.

Residents of Nova Scotia need to apply directly through the Home Energy Assessment program to register and book their EnerGuide evaluation. For residents who believe they qualify for retroactive reimbursement, please note that your respective provincial entity will work directly with NRCan to identify eligible participants.

Residents of New Brunswick are encouraged to apply first through their provincial program and then through the Canada Green Homes Grant. The eligibility criteria for the two programs are very different. Meaning that work that qualifies for the provincial program is not necessarily eligible for the Greener Homes initiative, and vice versa. The best source of information is the Greener Homes Initiative website, which is more extensive and has all the program details.

Step 3: It’s now time to plan, take notes and move on with your home renovations

Once you get your EnerGuide evaluation, you can review it, read the recommendations, and choose the work that fits your budget and the plans and ideas you had in mind.

Don’t forget that you will need to complete at least one renovation that is both eligible and recommended by your advisor.

We invite you to come to Lowe’s and shop for your energy-efficient products and to contact our team of certified installers who will be happy to take care of your renovation project for your peace of mind.

Step 4: You need to book your evaluation once the work is done and submit your application for reimbursement

Once the renovations are completed, you can begin the reimbursement process for a part of the work that was done on your home.

To optimize the reimbursement, you need to do an evaluation once the work is completed. When you book your evaluation, you must provide all requested documents online or by mail. During the evaluation, your energy advisor will indicate how much energy was saved as well as his recommendation on how much you should get for your reimbursement.

To make sure you get your reimbursement, you must submit receipts for both of your evaluations as well as receipts and invoices for all products purchased and all installation costs. You need to keep copies of all documents for 7 years, which means until March 31, 2028. You should also know that federal grants, including any reimbursements received as part of this initiative, are not taxable and do not need to be reported as income.

Specific instructions for Nova Scotia residents
If you performed at least one retrofit that was both recommended by your energy advisor under the Home Energy Assessment program and eligible under the Canada Greener Homes Grant, NRCan will contact you directly about any potential additional grants.

Step 5: You are now getting your reimbursement

Once you have entered your total grant amount (you will receive an email from the government), your payment will be mailed to you in the form of a check from the government.

The last step consists of an analysis of your file by the program officers. They will review the work, the recommendations, and the grant amount. Once everything is completed, you will receive an invitation to go into the portal of the government to confirm the total grant amount to receive your refund.

Specific instructions for Nova Scotia residents
If you performed at least one retrofit that was both recommended by your energy advisor under the Home Energy Assessment program and eligible under the Canada Greener Homes Grant, NRCan will contact you directly about any potential additional grants.

Most frequently asked questions

My advisor made me a list of home renovations. Are they all eligible for the grant?
Be sure to validate the home renovations you want to include in your grant application with a Government of Canada representative or your service provider as not all of them may be eligible for the government grant program.
Is it essential for me to choose certified professionals to carry out my home renovations?
Choosing a certified professional for your mechanical and electrical renovations is a necessity. Your appliances, except thermostats, must be installed by this specialist. To be eligible for reimbursement under the government grant, it is strongly recommended that you obtain proof of installation permit (can be obtained by contacting your province or territory) and submit it to the government during your application. These documents must be obtained before starting your home renovations. In addition, some work requires that you select a product from the list of eligible models and have it installed to confirm your eligibility for government grant reimbursement.
Do all the renovations suggested by my advisor need to be completed?
It is important to understand that all the elements in your home are working and interacting together. Energy efficiency depends on several elements such as the walls, the roof, the ventilation, the heating and air conditioning system, the exterior shell and even the living habits of the occupants. A single deficient element - for example a bad insulation - can compromise the benefits of your new doors and windows. Therefore, it is important to make sure that all major retrofits are considered when starting on with your home renovations.
I was made aware of other grants available in my area. Am I entitled to apply?
You are right. There are other grants available in your province / region. The total amount you can qualify for, under the Canada Greener Homes Grant is $5,000 in total, per house. However, your work may also qualify for certain other grants from provincial, territorial, municipal, or non-governmental organization incentives.To ensure you get the most savings, it's best to do your research and identify all the grants that are available to you. The Canada Greener Homes Grant program will take other grants into account to determine your eligibility for the reimbursement amount you are requesting.

Yes, we can help make your home more energy-efficient. 

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