The federal and provincial governments provide grants to homeowners who undertake renovations that improve the energy efficiency of their homes. These programs are coming to a close as of March 31, 2011.
Before undertaking any renovations, homeowners must first have an energy audit of their home performed by a licensed service organization. The evaluation report provides customized recommendations for renovations to improve the energy efficiency of the home. Once the homeowner has completed the renovations, a second audit must be undertaken within 18 months of the first one to determine the change in the home’s energy efficiency.
Deadlines for eligibility: Home energy retrofit grants are provided by both the federal and provincial governments. Both programs are ending as of March 31, 2011. To be eligible for federal grants, homeowners must have booked a pre-retrofit audit BEFORE March 31, 2010 and have the post-retrofit audit completed by March 31, 2011, or within 18 months of the date of the pre-retrofit evaluation (whichever comes first). Homeowners who booked a pre-retrofit audit AFTER March 31, 2010 can only access grants from the provincial government, but must also complete their post-retrofit audit completed by March 31, 2011.
More information: The Ministry of Energy Natural Resources Canada