Let’s restore federal retrofit incentives

Pictured right: Minister of Natural Resources Amarjeet Sohi and Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna.

Home energy retrofit incentives
  • establish federal residential retrofit incentive program in Ontario
  • use a portion of carbon funds designated for Ontario
  • use EnerGuide Rating System – developed, operated by Natural Resources Canada
  • launch new incentives 1 January 2019
Benefits
  • achieves much deeper savings, GHG reductions than carbon tax plus rebate cheques
  • generates thousand of jobs (contractors, professional home energy advisors)
  • leverages millions in private investment
  • revives a popular program
  • promotes federal/NRCan energy efficiency mandate
Why use the EnerGuide Rating System?
  • a state-of-the-art, made-in-Canada tool; science-based; recently upgraded
  • existing NRCan infrastructure: training standards, energy advisor registration, quality assurance, file administration, quality assurance
  • targets savings, engages homeowners with credible, customized advice
  • incentives reward verified savings, ERS prevents fraud
  • incentive design can be updated to boost cost-effectiveness and targeted savings
  • utility and other incentives can easily piggy-back on ERS
Why Natural Resources Canada?
  • years of experience, existing infrastructure
  • unequalled expertise in this country about home energy performance, building science
  • the right home for an all-fuel program targeting GHG savings

“A retrofit incentive program will save more than it costs: it will make Ontarians richer and greener. For the same reason, incentives will have a negative cost per tonne of carbon saved.” 

For more information, contact Clifford Maynes, Executive Director, Green Communities Canada. cmaynes@greencommunitiescanada.org; 705 745 7479 x 118.

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