In our blog on January 18th, we shared that you had until February 29th 2024 to secure your initial audit to qualify into the Greener Homes Grant program, which in Ontario, was being delivered through Enbridge as part of their Home Efficiency Rebate Plus (HER+) umbrella program.
As of yesterday, February 5th, we have learned that the Greener Homes Grant program is on pause, and no new participants will be considered for participation; the February 29th window was shortened. This news is also reflected in the official release from Natural Resources Canada who fund the program, and on the Enbridge HER+ program page.
According to the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, the next phase of the program is being readied. No dates have been announced about when the details of the updated program will be released, but it seems reasonable to speculate that the program’s future is strongly tied to its funding model and will therefore only be announced after the federal budget has been presented, challenged and accepted – possibly as late as March or April.
WHAT CAN I DO NOW?
If you’re considering using a heat pump as a source of heating and cooling for your home, whether as a standalone system or part of a hybrid system backed up by a natural gas or propane-burning furnace, you can still move forward with your plans, and leverage a $5,000 to $40,000 interest-free Canada Greener Homes loan, so long as the equipment qualifies under the guidelines setup for the now paused grant program and a pre- and post-audits are done by a certified energy auditor.
If you’re unsure which equipment qualifies or would like help with setting up an energy audit, you should consult a Comfort Advisor with Link ClimateCare as your next step. We’re here to help you, every step of the way.