MIL-OSI Translation: Government of Canada to launch new phase of Canadian Green Housing Initiative to help even more Canadians save on their energy bills

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Source: Government of Canada

February 5, 2024 Ottawa, Ontario Natural Resources Canada

By improving the energy efficiency of their homes, for example by installing a heat pump and replacing leaky windows, families can save hundreds of dollars on their energy bills every year. The Canadian Greener Homes Initiative is helping Canadian households make their homes more energy-efficient and comfortable, save money, create jobs for energy advisors across the country and combat climate change.

Since its launch three years ago, the federal Canada Green Housing Grant (CGHG) program has helped more than 165,000 Canadians improve their homes and save, on average, $386 a year on their energy bills. The Government of Canada expects the program to help more than half a million households improve their homes and reduce their energy bills.

To build on the success of the SCMV, and in response to changing needs, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, has announced that the federal government will launch a new phase of the Canadian Green Housing Initiative. A key element of Canada’s next Green Building Strategy, which focuses on energy and housing affordability, this next phase will offer financial assistance that is more accessible to low- to middle-income households – those most in need of reducing their energy bills.

To date, the program has been successful in encouraging many Canadians to carry out the renovations required to reduce their emissions and energy bills. What’s more, it’s open to all Canadians, regardless of income level; however, while many people could have used both programs – grant and loan – to complete their renovations, this option isn’t financially viable for everyone. The next phase of the Canadian Green Housing Initiative will ensure that people who don’t necessarily have the financial means to choose this option will be able to do so.

However, Canadians who have already submitted an application to the SCMV program need not worry: their application will be processed, and the hundreds of thousands of energy assessments required will run their course as planned for the duration of the program. However, precisely because of the program’s success, the government will have to stop accepting new applications within the next two weeks to prepare for the transition to the new phase of the Initiative.

The next phase of the Canadian Green Housing Initiative will complete the suite of federal programs available to help Canadians improve their homes and reduce their utility bills. One such program is the Canada Loan for Greener Homes, which continues to offer interest-free loans of up to $40,000 for home energy retrofits, regardless of income level. There’s also the Affordable Oil to Heat Pump Conversion Program (AOHCTP), aimed at low- to middle-income households that heat with oil. PCAMT offers subsidies of up to $10,000 to all Canadians who switch from oil to a heat pump. Households living in provinces with joint delivery agreements, where the government contributes at least $5,000, can take advantage of enhanced WCHP grants (to be announced in fall 2023 by the federal government) of up to $15,000. Low-to-middle-income households living in provinces with joint implementation agreements will also receive a lump sum of $250 from the federal government when their application to convert from oil to heat pump is accepted. Taken together, these enhanced CCHALP grants help cover the average cost of a heat pump, and households that switch from oil to heat pumps can save between $1,500 and $4,700 a year on their energy bills.

Visit Canadian Green Housing Initiative website contains regularly updated information on Canadian housing and energy affordability programs.

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