Canada Greener Homes Grant

A PERFECT OPPORTUNITY TO UPGRADE THE WINDOWS AND DOORS IN YOUR HOME! HOMEOWNERS CAN CLAIM UP TO $5,000 IN FEDERAL GRANTS.

As a certified supplier and installer of Kohltech Windows and Entrance Systems, McLeod is focused on providing the best service possible while helping customers save money. The Canada Greener Homes Grant does just that and will help homeowners make their existing homes more energy-efficient with financial assistance for home improvements. The Government of Canada has allotted 100,000 grants of up to $5,000 each year over the next 7 years. We’ve outlined the important information below for homeowners who plan to buy windows & doors from McLeod. Also indicated below are the Kohltech windows and doors that meet the requirements to claim the reimbursement.*

Step 1

Learn about the initiative

Eligible Property Types

  • Single and semi-detached houses
  • Row housing
  • Townhomes
  • All-season cottages
  • Mobile homes on a permanent foundation
  • Permanently-moored floating homes
  • Mixed use buildings (residential portion only)1
  • Small multi-unit residential building (three storeys or less with a footprint of 600m2 or less)1

1Multi-unit residential buildings (over three storeys or over 600 m2 in footprint) are not eligible homes under the initiative.

Requirements for the initiative

You must:

  • complete a pre- and post-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation
  • complete at least one retrofit that is both eligible and recommended by your energy advisor in their report. Only homeowners who conduct at least one retrofit will be reimbursed.
  • provide and keep copies of all of your documents until March 31, 2028.

All products must be purchased in Canada. Online purchases are only eligible if they are ordered from an online distributor located in Canada.

Reimbursement Amounts

  • Up to $5,000 total for the implementation of eligible retrofits and up to $600 for the cost of pre- and post-retrofit EnerGuide evaluations.
  • All $5,000 can be claimed on energy-efficient window & door retrofit/renovations if desired.
  • This grant is stackable with any other provincial, municipal, or privately-run program.

Step 2

Register and book your pre-retrofit evaluation

In order to register, you will be asked to provide your:

  • Name
  • Phone number
  • Email
  • Type of house
  • Address of your primary residence
  • Proof of ownership with your property tax bill number (this number can be found on your municipal property documents)
  • Proof of residence through either a drivers licence or government issued ID (with address), or utility bill

During the process, you will need to complete two EnerGuide evaluations; a pre and post-retrofit evaluation. These evaluations are completed by NRCan registered energy advisors.

The pre-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation provides you expert advice on what retrofits make the most sense for your home. It will help you understand how to improve the energy performance of your home.

When the pre-retrofit evaluation is complete, the energy advisor will provide you with:

  • an EnerGuide home rating and a label
  • a Renovation Upgrade Report and Homeowner Information Sheet with recommendations for improving your home’s energy performance

The post-retrofit evaluation, which you will receive after the work is complete, provides a measure of energy saved and greenhouse gas emissions reduced as a result of the retrofits.

Homeowners will be able to login to access their reports.

Important Dates

  • April 1st, 2020 – EnerGuide pre-evaluations must have been conducted after this date to be admissible. No testing reimbursement available though.
  • December 1st, 2020 – EnerGuide pre-evaluations conducted after this date are admissible and reimbursable.
  • The program runs until 2028 but can only be claimed once per household.

Step 3

Plan, document and complete your home retrofits

Which retrofits should you undertake?

Only retrofits recommended by your energy advisor are eligible for reimbursement. Your recommended retrofits will be listed in your Renovation Upgrade Report and in the online portal. The recommended retrofits are prioritized by:

  • your potential energy savings
  • life expectancy of your home’s components
  • the interactions among the components in your home
  • your potential renovation plans
  • the cost

What should you consider before you start?

  1. Some retrofits may not be eligible. Some retrofits recommended by your advisor may not be eligible for reimbursement. Please check which retrofits are eligible for reimbursement.
  2. All mechanical and electrical systems, with the exception of thermostats, must be installed by a licenced and trained professional. In order to be reimbursed for these retrofits, it is highly recommended that you obtain proof of their qualifications to install equipment (sometimes issued by your province or territory), which you can submit when applying for reimbursement. We recommend you get this documentation before moving ahead with your retrofits.
  3. Your home operates as a system. All of its elements – the walls, the roof, ventilation, heating and cooling systems, the external environment, and even the activities of the occupants – affect one another. How these elements interact determines your home’s overall performance. For example, poor insulation or ventilation can cancel out an investment in new windows or doors.
  4. What is the main objective of your retrofit? Is it improved comfort, saving on energy bills, helping the environment, or all of the above? Knowing what you ultimately want to achieve will help you decide what retrofits to make. Review your Renovation Upgrade Report to understand the potential energy savings.
  5. Your budget will play a major role in deciding what retrofits you will be able to do. Consider how much you want to invest. We recognize that homeowners need to be able to access simple and affordable financing to make deeper home energy retrofits.
  6. There may be additional incentives available to you. The maximum reimbursement for retrofits with the Canada Greener Homes Grant is $5,000 total per home. Your retrofits may also be eligible for some provincial, territorial, municipal, or non-governmental organization incentives. If you want to maximize your savings, you should explore all the available incentives. Grant amounts under Canada’s Greener Homes will consider other incentive programs when determining your final reimbursement eligibility.

Eligibility Requirements

  • EnerGuide evaluations before and after the retrofit/renovation.
    • Those located in Western Canada must register here, then search for a certified service organization.
  • Complete one retrofit that is recommended and eligible in the EnerGuide evaluation report.
  • Keep the receipts for the evaluations and receipts & invoices for the product and installation.
  • All products must be purchased in Canada.
  • Maintain the ENERGY STAR labels on windows and doors until post-retrofit evaluation.

Window & Door Eligibility Criteria

Window/Door OptionRating RequirementsAmount per Rough Opening
ENERGY STAR
Windows or Sliding
Patio Door
U-Factor of ≤1.22 W/m2K
OR
Energy Rating ≥ 34
$125
ENERGY STAR
Windows or Sliding
Patio Door
U-Factor of ≤1.05 W/m2K or less
OR
Energy Rating ≥ 40
$250
ENERGY STAR
Hinged Door
(Can have sidelites or transom)
U-Factor of ≤1.22 W/m2K
OR
Energy Rating ≥ 34
$125

Step 4

Book your post-retrofit evaluation and apply for reimbursement

Steps to finalize your reimbursement

Book your post-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation

Sign in to the portal to request your post-retrofit evaluation.

Get ready for your evaluation:

Receive your post-retrofit evaluation

The post-retrofit evaluation shows how much energy has been saved, how much greenhouse gas emissions are reduced because of the retrofits, and how much your energy advisor recommends you receive for reimbursement.

Once completed, your evaluation will include:

  • your new EnerGuide rating and label
  • follow-up information indicating improvements to your home energy efficiency and your EnerGuide rating

Your energy advisor has up to 30 days after your post-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation to submit electronic and signed paper documents to Natural Resources Canada.

You will be able to login to access your reports. Once you have reviewed your evaluation, mark this step as completed in the portal to move forward.

Upload all documents online

To ensure that you are properly reimbursed, you must have all of the following documents so they can verify your eligible retrofits:

  • receipts for your pre-and post-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation
  • all receipts and invoices for products purchased and for installation costs

It is highly recommended that you also have an attestation form (if applicable for your retrofit) confirming that:

Your energy advisor will upload your before and after photos.

You will need to keep copies of your documents until March 31, 2028. The federal grants are not taxable and do not have to be declared as income.

*When using a licensed professional you must obtain proof of their license to install equipment in your province or territory. You will be required to provide this proof to be eligible for reimbursement.

Step 5

Receive your reimbursement

As the final step in the process, once program officers have completed a review of your file and recommended grant amount, you will be prompted to go into the portal to confirm your grant total in order to receive your reimbursement.

If you do not agree with the amount and explanation, you will be asked to provide your rationale so that your grant application can be reassessed. If you would like to discuss your final grant total or dispute the claim, please contact the Greener Homes Initiative.

Your retrofits have an impact

Improving your home’s energy efficiency is one of the best ways you can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fight climate change. By making home retrofits, you will help Canada meet its 2030 climate change commitments and significantly contribute to Canada’s goal of achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

To find out what specific products are eligible for the grant, please check out Kohltech’s Canada Greener Homes Grant page to find out more.

*McLeod Windows & Doors is not responsible for any issues that may arise when applying for the grant, including, but not limited to: eligibility requirements, cancellation of the program by the government, government funding exhausted, etc.