The Government of Canada is launching a new program today that provides Canadians with grants of up to $ 5,000 to pay for energy-efficient home renovations.
The Canada Greener Homes Grant program – worth about $ 2.6 billion over seven years – will help homeowners upgrade furnaces, install solar panels and replace windows and windows. doors, according to a federal government source with knowledge of the program.
People across the country will be able to apply online today. An application begins with an energy assessment by a certified advisor. This adviser goes to the home of an applicant and determines which energy saving measures could be reimbursed.
If the homeowner chooses to proceed, then a licensed contractor would be hired to perform the renovations. After an inspection of the completed work, the owner would be reimbursed.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan are expected to announce today more details on the program, which they say aims to lower Canadians’ energy bills, create jobs and cut emissions .
Homes and private buildings are estimated to be among the largest sources of carbon emissions in Canada, contributing about 18% of the country’s emissions.
Today’s announcement responds to a promise made by the federal government in the Fall Economic Statement. The federal grant, the source said, could also be combined with other provincial grants.
Last week, the federal government announced it provides up to $ 10 million to recruit, train and mentor 2,000 people to perform energy audits.