The Canada Greener Homes Grant, provided by the Government of Canada, will help owners make their buildings more energy-efficient, create new jobs across Canada for energy advisors, grow our domestic green supply chains, and fight climate change. For low-rise multi-unit residential buildings (MURBs), groups of unit owners can access up to $20,600 in grants to undertake an EnerGuide evaluation for the entire building and various energy efficiency retrofits.
- MURB grant amounts vary based on the number of units within the building and upgrades completed. For complete grant eligibility, see the Canada Greener Homes Grant website.
- Individual unit owners living within the low-rise MURB may be eligible for:
- Up to $5,000 for eligible retrofits across multiple upgrade categories.
- Up to $600 for the cost of a pre-and post-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation (a single evaluation for the entire building is required).
- In addition, MURB retrofits for insulation, air sealing and resiliency measures are eligible for a grant multiplier.
- The multiplier is based on the number of units within the building. See the Canada Greener Homes Grant website for full details on multipliers.
- The maximum amount of grants that a MURB can receive is $20,000.
- MURBS retrofits are not eligible for heat pump, water heaters or thermostat grants.
Update your eligible attic/ceiling, exterior wall, exposed floor, basement or foundation, and crawlspaces.
|Up to $5,000
Perform air sealing to improve the air-tightness of your home to achieve the air-change rate target
|Up to $1,000
|Windows and doors
Replace your windows or glass doors with ENERGY STAR® certified models
|Up to $5,000
Install photovoltaic solar panels to convert sunlight energy into electricity.
|Up to $5,000
Incentives to protect your home and your family from environmental damages (must be combined with another retrofit)
|Up to $2,625
- The grant multiplier modifies the maximum available grants for a multi-unit residential building based on the number of units in that building. Visit the Canada Greener Homes Grant website for more information.
|Number of Units per MURB
|Maximum Grant Amount
- For the Canada Greener Homes Grant Initiative, a low-rise MURB is defined based on Part 9 of the National Building Code of Canada as having three or fewer storeys in building height and having a building area not exceeding 600 m2. MURBs must either be stacked (up/down) or have a common area. Retirement homes and townhouses are not MURBs.
- The low-rise MURB must conform with the definition set out by the Canada Greener Homes Grant
- A single EnerGuide evaluation must be undertaken for the entire structure (or address) and not on a unit-by-unit basis.
- Homeowners within the MURB need to organize themselves (e.g., by way of a condo board) in such a way that all homeowners are aware that the evaluation will be taking place.
- Retrofits in a MURB must be agreed to by the person or persons who are able to make decisions about the renovations to the building.
- Individual homeowners within the MURB must apply for individual grants of up to $5,000 based on the single EnerGuide evaluation undertaken for the entire structure.
- For MURBs that are owned by a single person, the owner must live in the building as their primary residence.
- MURB owners can only access a grant up to $5,000, as they are considered as the only homeowner residing in the building.
- Upgrade requirements vary.
- Upgrades completed must both be eligible and recommended in the Renovation Upgrade Report received from the energy advisor after the pre-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation.
- For all upgrade efficiency requirements, visit the Canada Greener Homes Grant website.
How to Apply
- Learn about the initiative to determine if you are eligible to participate, documentation requirements, and other participation considerations.
- Homeowners within the MURB must organize themselves (e.g., condo board/council) to schedule a single evaluation for the entire building.
- Register and book the pre-retrofit evaluation. Confirmed registrations will receive a registration number from the program.
- You must select the Service Organization you wish to engage from within the Homeowner Portal.
- To identify energy advisors and Service Organizations that serve your area, visit the Energy Advisor Search Tool.
- Confirm that you work with an energy advisor qualified for Multi-Unit Residential Buildings (MURBQ).
- It is recommended that you locate an available energy advisor, identify the Service Organization they are working for, and then submit your pre-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation request in the Homeowner Portal.
- If you are unable to find an available energy advisor, please email and inform Natural Resources Canada at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- As a group, plan, document, and complete your home retrofits based on the upgrade recommendations in your Renovation Upgrade Report. Review the upgrade requirements and available grants when planning your upgrades online.
- Book your post-retrofit evaluation and apply for reimbursement. After your upgrades are complete, book your post-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation and complete the online application form in the Homeowner Portal.
- Receive your reimbursement.
Deadlines and Important Dates
- If you conducted an EnerGuide evaluation on your home before April 1, 2020 – you will need a new evaluation.
- If you conducted an EnerGuide evaluation on your home between April 1, 2020 and November 30, 2020 – you can use your evaluation for the program but you won’t be reimbursed for the evaluation itself. To be eligible, your home retrofits must have been completed on or after December 1, 2020 and be both eligible and recommend by an energy advisor in their report.
- If you conducted an EnerGuide evaluation on your home after Dec 1, 2020 – you can be reimbursed for both your evaluations and your retrofits if you complete at least one retrofit that is both eligible and recommended by your energy advisor in their report.
- CleanBC Better Homes and the Energy Coach Service does not provide Canada Greener Homes Grant registration or Homeowner Portal support. You must contact the Canada Greener Homes Grant directly.
- Canada Greener Homes Grant is administered and supported by the Government of Canada through Natural Resources Canada.
- Check out the CleanBC Better Buildings incentive search tool for other energy efficiency upgrades rebates.
- Did you see a building science or energy efficiency term you did not understand? Check out our glossary.