THE GREENER HOMESOIL TO HEAT PUMP AFFORDABILITY PROGRAM
Get AN UP FRONT PAYMENT OF UP TO $10,000
The costs associated with acquiring and setting up qualifying cold climate air source heat pump systems, along with various related measures pertaining to their installation. These include:
Essential electrical and mechanical enhancements to your home to accommodate the new cold climate air source heat pump.
The secure removal of your oil tank.
Installation of a supplementary electric heating system, if deemed necessary.
Transitioning other household systems that use oil, such as a hot water heater, as needed.
Hybrid cold climate heat pump systems (central ducted heat pumps paired with an oil, gas or propane-fired furnace) will unfortunately NOT qualify for this program.
HERE’S YOUR STEP BY STEP GUIDE TO THE CANADA OIL TO HEAT PUMP AFFORDABILITY PROGRAM
Does your residence utilize oil for heating? Is your household’s after-tax income at or below the median?
Canadian homeowners who affirmatively respond to these questions may be eligible to receive an upfront payment of up to $10,000 through the Oil to Heat Pump Affordability Program. This initiative aims to facilitate the transition from oil-based heating to state-of-the-art, energy-efficient heat pumps.
The program is designed to assist homeowners in Canada currently relying on oil heating systems to switch to electric heat, specifically through the installation of a cold climate air source heat pump system. This transition not only has the potential to yield substantial savings on annual heating expenses but also contributes to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
It’s important to note that hybrid cold climate heat pump systems, which involve central ducted heat pumps paired with an oil, gas, or propane-fired furnace, do not qualify for participation in this program.
What are the Eligibility Requirements?
Only one homeowner per home can apply. Before you apply, ensure you qualify:
- Your whole home income must qualify as median income or below, after taxes as defined by Statistics Canada (this varies by province). For more Information on how to calculate income and how this affects eligibility click here.
- Your home is an eligible property type:
Regardless of property type, the building must meet the following requirements to be eligible:
- It has three or fewer storeys above ground.
- The building area does not exceed 600 m2.
- The building must be habitable year-round.
Ineligible under the Canada Greener Homes Initiative:
New homes (6 months or newer based on the date of occupancy by the first homeowner) and recent inclusions to current homes are not eligible for the Canada Greener Homes Grant or the Oil to Heat Pump Affordability program.
- You are a primary resident and owner of your home
- You heat your home with oil
- You have recent receipts for the purchase of at least 1,000 litres of heating oil to heat your home in the past 12 months leading up to the time of application
- You have not already received money for a heat pump as part of the Canada Greener Homes Grant or Loan
- You are able to complete the work within 6 months of receiving the upfront payment
- Your home is connected to a North American electricity grid (Off-grid houses are not eligible)
How do i apply?
Call, text or email us to schedule your free consultation and quote
Oil Conversion Grants don’t have to be scary! With assistance from us, the entire application will be simple.
We would be happy to help you schedule a free no-pressure in-home quote with one of our Heat pump and Oil To Heat Pump Affordability grant Specialists. You’ll need a quote as part of your documentation to apply for the grant.
We will provide pricing options that suit your needs and budget while qualifying for the rebate and if you want to move forward with the quote we’ve provided
To submit your application to the Oil to Heat Pump Affordability Program, you’ll need to log in to the Canada Greener Homes portal by using one of these methods:
- Sign in with your Sign in Partner account, which uses the login information you use for your online banking (no financial information will be requested).
- Sign in using your GCKey. This is different from your CRA GCKey. Learn more about GCKey or call 1-855-438-1102 or TTY 1-855-438-1103 for technical difficulties.
Log in the same way each time to avoid technical issues with your application.
Once you have logged in to the Canada Greener Homes portal, select New Application for the Oil to Heat Pump Affordability Program.
Ensure You Have The Following Documentation Ready:
Your name, contact details, and the address of your primary residence.
Type of house.
Proof of Ownership:
Property tax bill (must match the name and address on your application).
Proof of Primary Residence:
Valid, government-issued identification (e.g., driver’s license, matching the name and address on your application).
Income levels and size of household.
Social Insurance Number for income verification with the Canada Revenue Agency.
Heating Oil Purchases:
Recent receipts, bills, or invoices showing the purchase of at least 1,000 litres of oil over the 12 months preceding your application. (Note: Natural gas, propane, or coal are not eligible for this program.)
Contractor Quotes Which Should Include:
-Applicant’s name and address.
-Description of the work, specifying the make and model of equipment, and the quantity of heat pumps.
-Total amount to be paid.
-Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) number(s) for each cold climate air-source heat pump system intended for installation.
-Assurance that the contractor can complete the installation within 6 months and will sign the attestation form at the time of installation.
Attainment of Multiple Quotes:
It is recommended to obtain at least 3 quotes for comparative evaluation. You are required to upload the quote for the selected system, ensuring it contains sufficient information to confirm eligibility.
Note: Grant amounts are based on the submitted information, and only one payment is issued per household. If you plan to hire different contractors for various tasks, submit quotes from each contractor during the application to determine the grant amount accurately. Subsequent submission of additional quotes will not be accepted.
Accept Your Grant Amount
Upon completion of the application review by program staff and assessment of the information you supplied, an email will be sent to confirm your eligibility. If deemed eligible, and upon acceptance of the grant amount, you can expect the issuance of your grant within a prompt timeframe of 5-10 business days.
It’s essential to note that the upfront grant payment is specifically allocated for the acquisition and installation of a qualifying cold climate air source heat pump, along with other measures eligible under the program. Natural Resources Canada retains the right to seek repayment and take appropriate measures for fund recovery if necessary. Therefore, it is imperative to thoroughly read and comprehend the eligible measures, technical criteria, and conditions to ensure compliance.
Complete Your Project Within Six Months
Ensure the timely completion of your project within a 6-month timeframe and submit the relevant receipts.
Amidst the excitement of acquiring a new heat pump, remember to secure a signed attestation form from the contractor you hire. This form confirms that the cold climate air source heat pump system is capable of effectively distributing heat throughout your entire home. The attestation form, duly signed by your mechanical system contractor, must be submitted.
After all work has been concluded and settled, log in to the Canada Greener Homes portal to submit your final receipts and the signed attestation form. This submission should occur within 6 months of receiving your grant payment. It is advisable to retain copies of your documents until March 31, 2028. Notably, federal grants are non-taxable and do not need to be declared as income.
Complete Your Journey
Program officers will assess your final receipts and attestation form, after which you will be notified via email regarding the subsequent steps. While this marks the completion of the journey for some homeowners, others may be contacted for post-payment verification of the heat pump installation and all eligible measures funded.
It is crucial to emphasize that the upfront grant payment is exclusively designated for the acquisition and installation of a qualifying cold climate air source heat pump and other eligible measures outlined in the program. Natural Resources Canada reserves the right to seek repayment and pursue necessary actions for fund recovery if required. Therefore, it is imperative to thoroughly read and comprehend the eligible measures and technical criteria, and conditions to ensure full compliance.
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Apply for the Canada Greener Homes Loan
Want to perform additional upgrades covered under the Canada Greener Homes Grant, but don’t have enough money to perform them? You can apply for 10 year an interest free loan for up to $40,000 to help perform eligible upgrades.
Loan Amount: $5,000 – $40,000
Repayment term: 10 years, interest-free
Loan Type: Unsecured personal loan on approved credit
- You must be eligible for and apply for the Canada Greener Homes Grant or the equivalent provincial program
- You must be a Canadian homeowner, and your home must be your primary residence
- You have completed a pre-retrofit evaluation of your home dated April 1, 2020, or later
- You have a good credit history and aren’t under:
- a consumer proposal
- an orderly payment of debt program
- a bankruptcy or equivalent insolvency proceeding
For more information, visit the
Canada Greener Homes Loan website.
- For Complete Details Visit the Governments Official Canada Greener Homes Website.
- Canada Greener Homes Grants are not taxable and do not have to be declared as income.
- Ensure you keep all your documents until 2028.
- Always check the license of any professional installing or performing any services in your home.
- Canada Greener Homes Grants are pro-rated according to the type of home and percentage of energy efficiency
improvements made through the upgrades.
- Always Save everything during this grant process- It never hurts to have too much information but can affect whether your application is approved or not if you are missing some.
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