Are you looking for opportunities to upgrade your home and reduce your energy bills, while also reducing your greenhouse gas emissions?
We're here to help! We've compiled this list of resources and available rebates to help guide people in our community to save money and the environment. Converting your home from natural gas to a heat pump system alongside some simple insulation upgrades can save you over $2,000 annually in energy bills, and is the equivalent of taking 2 cars off the road per household.
See below for additional information on potential cost savings.
Rebate and Financial Support Programs
Below is a list of resources that may help you in retrofitting your home to be more energy efficient:
CleanBC Better Homes (Provincial):
- Home Renovation Rebate Program
- Northern top-up offer applies
- Income-Qualified Program
- Low-Interest Financing Program (cannot be combined with BC rebates)
Canada Greener Homes Initiative (Federal):
- Canada Greener Homes Grant
- Canada Greener Homes Loan
- Oil to Heat Pump Affordability Program (income-qualified)
- Nisga'a Lisims Urban Renovation Grant (for Nisga'a Citizens only)
- CMHC Eco Plus Program insurance premium refund on CMHC Home insurance
- Sagen Energy Efficient Housing Program mortgage insurance refund
- Federal and Provincial GST/HST New Housing Rebate
Skills training and education
Funding is also available for individuals interested in training and education to join the home energy improvement industry, or to gain additional energy efficiency knowledge.
BC Centre for Women in the Trades (BCCWITT) offers a variety of trades training and employment supports for female-identifying individuals.
The Skilled Trades Employment Program (STEP) provides support for individuals looking to working in construction.
For Indigenous individuals: Tribal Resources Investment Corporation (TRICORP) provides general employment skills, and Nisga’a Employment, Skills & Training (NEST) provides supports for Nisga’a citizens.
Further information can be found on https://skilledtradesbc.ca/
The City partnered in 2023 with Ecotrust Canada to complete a Home Energy Retrofit Financing Feasibility study to identify barriers and opportunities for implementing Home Energy Retrofit programming locally. The above information was drawn from that study, which provides significantly more detail on the potential for energy-efficient upgrades and considerations based on the age and vintage of your home.
Find the final report on that work, here: