As part of the Government of Canada’s Economic Action Plan, the ecoEnergy Retrofit – Homes Program has been expanded to aid 200,000 homeowners in covering the cost of making their homes more energy efficient. The time-sensitive program includes a $300 million increase in funding over two years. In other words, the program provides non-taxable grants to those that have carried out renovations that improve the energy efficiency of their property.

The question is: Does your property qualify? The grant is offered to owners of low-rise residential properties. For example; single detached and attached homes, small multi-unit residential buildings (including apartment buildings of three storey’s or less), mobile homes that are on a permanent foundation and floating homes that are permanently moored all are eligible for the grant. The only restrictions on the types of homes mentioned are the age of the home so make sure your home is not newly built and has been occupied for more than six months. Even if you are in the process of building a house you will not be entitled to the program because the idea behind the grant is to help older homes adhere to a greener energy condition.
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