Our Government Once Again Shows its Support to Canadian Families
July 22, 2021Ottawa Journal (July 25 – July 29, 2021)
David Tilson, M.P.
Our Government is once again showing our support for Canadian families across Canada with the one-year extension of the ecoENERGY Retrofit-Homes program. This $400 million program provides grants of up to $5,000 for Canadians to make their homes more energy efficient, helping Canadians pocketbooks and the environment.
This program has been very popular with constituents in Dufferin-Caledon and indeed with Canadians right across the country. Over 500,000 Canadians have already taken advantage of this program. Canadians who participated have reaped an average energy savings of 20 per cent per household.
Not only will our Government’s renewal of the ecoENERGY Retrofit-Homes program help homeowners make their homes more energy efficient and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, it will also create jobs for local businesses and contractors across Canada and here in Dufferin-Caledon.
To participate in the program, homeowners must first register for the program online at ecoaction.gc.ca/homes or by calling 1-800-O-CANADA (1-800-622-6232). Then, they must hire a local service organization to send an energy advisor, licensed by Natural Resources Canada, to perform a pre-retrofit evaluation of the home (unless the property has already had an evaluation since April 2007). All upgrades, and the post-retrofit evaluation, must take place before March 31, 2012.
Homeowners who participated in the program before April 1, 2011, and have not received the maximum amount for their current property, can submit an application for improvements purchased and installed after June 6, 2011.
Only products purchased and installed after June 6, 2011, are eligible for an ecoENERGY grant. All energy retrofits and post-retrofit evaluations must be completed by March 31, 2012, and the grant application must be signed by this date. Homeowners must provide receipts to their energy advisor at the time of the post-retrofit evaluation to confirm their eligibility for the grant.
If you are interested in participating in the ecoENERGY Retrofit-Homes program, I would encourage you to register as soon as possible. If you have any questions, feel free to contact my office or call the ecoENERGY hotline (toll free) at: 1-877-953-5454.