The Canada Greener Homes Grant will end in the new year

Canada’s Greener Homes Grant Program will no longer accept new applicants starting in March 2024.

The Canadian Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute said it confirmed those reports, saying grant usage exceeded what was expected and the average amount of each application was higher than expected.

HRAI sent out a newsletter on the issue, saying Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) said more announcements on the need for climate action would be made in the coming weeks or months.

PKBNEWS has contacted NRCan for comment.

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According to the NRCan website, the program distributes grants for home renovations such as insulation, windows and doors, as well as heat pumps and solar panels.

Grants can range from $125 to $5,000, but an a*sessment must be completed before and after renovations to qualify.

Martin Luymes, vice president of government and stakeholder relations at HRAI, said the information was notified a few weeks ago, calling it advance notice for those in the industry.

He said intake was different from when the work was completed, saying there was often a long delay.

“So the end is not so much March 2024 as a year after that, or maybe a year and a half, when the work is actually finished and the grant has been paid,” Luymes said.

He said the purpose of a grant like this is to encourage Canadians to invest in something they otherwise wouldn’t.

Luymes said that when it comes to the HVAC industry, it revolves around heat pumps and clean energy systems and that it’s best to have long-term programs, not something that is “on, off”.

“(They) tend to prefer long-term programs so our members can plan for the long term, make sure they have the right products in stock and the right sk**ls for the people doing the installations, and that they know how to sell the products. therefore.”

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He said there was a bit of panic within the industry, with fears of a drop in sales.

Luymes said it was a bit surprising to see a seven-year program end like this just two and a half years later.

He said if the federal government is to achieve some of its climate action goals, programs such as the Greener Homes grant program must be sustained over long periods of time.

“I think Greener Homes’ original goal was 700,000 homes. This represents less than 10 percent of the total number of single-family homes in the country, and probably less than 5 percent of all homes.”

He said this is just the tip of the iceberg for opportunities in Canada, saying there are still many households across the country that can benefit from a program like this.

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