Clean Energy Incentives & Rebates Canada (Updated 2020)

Clean Energy Incentives Canada

There are at least 77 clean energy incentive programs currently available across Canada. Between them, they offer a total of 285 energy efficiency rebates, 27 renewable energy rebates, and 12 clean transportation rebates.

Clean energy incentive programs on this page are sorted by the province that they are offered it. Start your energy incentive search by clicking on you jurisdiction below:

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Canada-Wide Programs

Government of Canada

The federal government does not usually administer energy incentives. Instead, it provides provinces and territories funding to administer their own through the Low Carbon Economy Fund.

  • Zero-Emission Vehicle Incentive – One notable exception is ZEV incentive offered through transport Canada. This is a $5,000 rebate that is applied automatically at the point of sale when you purchase a zero-emission vehicle.
  • Federal GST/HST New Housing Rebate – Homeowners may be eligible to recover a portion of the GST or HST that they paid for newly constructing or substantial renovated homes. This rebate may be useful if you’re making a large investment in energy efficiency upgrades.
  • Federal Tax Incentive for Clean Energy Equipment – Businesses can also use a federal tax incentive to fully expense clean energy generation and energy efficiency equipment. This means a CCA rate of 100% and the abolishment of the first year rule.

Alberta

Energy Efficiency Alberta

There are currently 6 clean energy incentive programs available in Alberta which offer a total of 4 energy efficiency rebates, 5 renewable energy rebates, and 2 clean transportation rebates.

Two additional incentive programs offered by Energy Efficiency Alberta were recently cancelled. All current programs are offered by municipalities and/or utilities – no provincial programs currently exist.

Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs

  • Medicine Hat HAT Smart Program – The City of Medicine Hat offers rebates for new energy efficiency homes and ENERGY STAR air conditioners, as well as a scratch and win program for smaller energy efficiency upgrades.

Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

  • Banff Solar Production Incentive The Town of Banff currently offers a $0.75 per watt rebate on solar energy systems. However, applications are limited each year.
  • Canmore Solar Incentive ProgramThe Town of Canmore currently offers rebates for residential and commercial solar energy systems. However, applications are limited each year.
  • EQUS Solar Incentive – EQUS currently offers its customers a $0.10 per watt rebate for solar energy systems.

Clean Transportation Incentive Programs


British Columbia

CleanBC Better Homes

(note we are currently updating the list for BC 07/29/20)

There are at least 8 clean energy incentive programs available in British Columbia which offer well over 100 individual clean energy rebates. This includes 1 energy efficiency program, 2 renewable energy programs, and 5 electric transportation programs.

*When looking for energy efficiency or renewable energy rebates in British Columbia, we highly recommend using the Clean BC Rebate Search Tool.

Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs

  • Better Homes and Home Renovation Rebate Program – Clean BC, BC Hydro, and FortisBC are currently offering about two dozen energy efficiency rebates on a wide range of products and services including insulation, heating & water equipment, appliances, heat pumps, and much more.
  • Kamloops See The Heat Program – The City of Kamloops is currently allowing residents to loan a thermal imaging camera free of charge, along with free draft proofing kit for windows, doors, and electrical switches.
  • BC Energy Step Code Program – There are currently 18 municipalities that are offering incentives for new energy efficiency homes built to beat the BC Building Code. The best way to see if incentives exist in your municipality is to search for it on the Implementation Updates page of the Energy Step Code website.
  • RDN Grade Site-Cut Timber Program – The districts of Nanaimo and Lantzville is currently offering an incentive for home construction or renovation projects that use graded timber located on-site for structural use.
  • Vancouver Heritage Energy Retrofit GrantThe Vancouver Heritage Foundation is currently offering rebates for energy efficiency upgrades on homes that were built before 1940 and or are on the Vancouver Heritage Register.

Renewable Energy Incentive Program

  • PST Tax Exemption – There is currently a 7% PST exemption for alternative energy generation and energy conservation equipment in BC. This includes insulation, weather stripping, solar pv, micro-hydro, and more.

Clean Transportation Incentive Programs

There are currently 3 zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) incentives in British Columbia. All of these incentives, except for the Specialty use Vehicle Incentive Program, can be combined:

  • BC SCRAP-IT Program – A rebate up to $6,000 when you trade in a gas-powered vehicle when purchasing an electric vehicle.

There are currently 2 electric vehicle charging station incentives in BC. These can be combined with the ZEV incentives above, but not with each other:

Low Income & Indigenous Incentive Programs

  • Free Energy Savings Kit Program – FortisBC, BC Hydro, and municipal utilities are offering free energy savings kits to income-qualified BC residents. Kits include facet aerators, LED lights, weather stripping, window film, and more.
  • Energy Conservation Assistance Program – Similar to the free energy savings kit program, FortisBC, BC Hydro, and municipal utilities also offer free installation of these products, along with a free coaching on how you can save energy at home.

Manitoba

Efficiency Manitoba

There are currently 6 clean energy incentive programs available in Manitoba which offer a total of 22 energy efficiency rebates and 2 renewable energy tax credits.

All of these programs, except for the Green Energy Equipment Tax Credit, are offered by Efficiency Manitoba.

Energy Efficiency

  • New Homes Program – Efficiency Manitoba currently offers rebates up to $12,000 to help build certified energy efficient new homes.

Renewable Energy Incentives

  • Green Energy Equipment Tax Credit – The Government of Manitoba currently offers a tax credit for geothermal heat pump systems (7.5% – 15%) and solar thermal energy systems (10%).

Low Income and Indigenous Incentive Programs

  • Income Qualified Program – Efficiency Manitoba offers free home efficiency upgrades including insulation, gas furnaces, gas boilers, and more for residents whose household income falls below the specified limits.
  • First Nations Insulation Program – Efficiency Manitoba offers free insulation, LED lighting, low-flow showerheads, facet aerators, pipe wrap, and draft proofing for First Nations Communities.

New Brunswick

NB Power

There are currently 4 clean energy incentive programs available in New Brunswick which offer a total of 44 energy efficiency incentives and one renewable energy incentive. All of these programs are administered by NB Power.

Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs

  • Total Home Energy Savings Program – NB Power offers a comprehensive home energy efficiency program that gives homeowners access to free products such as low-flow shower heads, face aerators, and LED lights, along with over a dozen rebates on things such as insulation, heat recovery systems, air sealing, pool pumps, and more.

Renewable Energy Incentives

  • Total Home Energy Savings Program – NB Power currently offers a $0.20 to $0.30 per watt rebate on solar photovoltaic systems (only available through the Total Home Energy Savings Program).

Low Income Incentive Programs

  • Community Outreach Program – NB Power gives LED light bulbs, low-flow shower heads, facet aerators, and water heater pipe wrap to non-for profit organizations that work with underserved populations.

Newfoundland and Labrador

Take Charge NL

There are currently 2 clean energy incentive programs available in Newfoundland and Labrador which offer a total of 16 energy efficiency rebates.

Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs

  • TakeCHARGE Residential Rebate Program – NL Hydro and NL Power currently offers about a dozen rebates on thermostats, insulation, HVRs, heating equipment, low-flow shower heads, and more.

Low Income Incentive Programs

  • Home Energy Savings Program (HESP) – The Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation currently offers a grant of up to $5,000 for energy efficiency upgrades to residents whose annual household income equals $32,500 or less. Homeowners must currently have diesel-generated electricity or use 1,000+ litres of oil annually.

Northwest Territories

Arctic Energy Alliance

There are currently 2 clean energy incentive programs available in the Northwest Territories which offer a total of 8 energy efficiency rebates and 8 renewable energy rebates. Both of these programs are offered by the Arctic Energy Alliance.

Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs

  • Energy Efficiency Incentive Program – The Arctic Energy Alliance currently offers rebates on LED lighting, home appliances, heating and heat recovery equipment, insulation, and more.

Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

  • Alternative Energy Technologies Program – The Arctic Energy Alliance also offers a 50% rebate on the total cost of renewable generation projects (solar, wind, wood pellet heating, etc) for property owners in non-hydro communities.

Nova Scotia

Efficiency Nova Scotia

There are currently 8 clean energy incentive programs available in Nova Scotia which offer a total of 29 energy efficiency rebates and 3 renewable energy rebates. All of these programs are administered by Efficiency Nova Scotia.

Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs

  • Home Energy Assessment Program – Efficiency Nova Scotia offers about of dozen rebates on home energy efficiency upgrades including insulation, heat pumps, solar thermal systems, windows, doors, and more.
  • Instant In Store Rebate Program – Efficiency Nova Scotia partners with retailers to offer instant rebates on smart thermostats, appliances, and other energy efficiency produces and devices.
  • Free Energy Efficient Products Program – Efficiency Nova Scotia currently offers free energy efficient products including LED lighting, facet aerators, low flow shower heads, smart thermostats, pipe wrap, and more.
  • Fridge and Freezer Recycling Program – Efficiency Nova Scotia currently offers a free pick up and $30 for your old fridge or freezer, plus $10 for mini fridges and air conditioning units.
  • Heating System Rebate Program – Efficiency Nova Scotia currently offers rebates on various home air and water heaters including heat pumps and wood/pellet stoves.

Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

There are also rebates for solar thermal systems through the Heating System Rebates Program and the Home Energy Assessment Program.

Low Income Incentive Programs

  • HomeWarming Program– Efficiency Nova Scotia is currently offering free home energy efficiency upgrades such as insulation and air sealing to residents whose household income falls below a specified threshold.

Nunavut

Nunavut Housing Corporation

Unfortunately, there are no known clean energy incentive programs available in Nunavut. When these programs are available, you will be able to find them here.


Ontario

Save ON Energy

There are currently 3 clean energy incentive programs available in Ontario which offer a total of 8 energy efficiency rebates.

Since provincially-administered rebates were cancelled by the current conservative government, these programs are offered exclusively by Enbridge Gas to their customers.

Energy Efficiency

  • Save ON Energy – Unfortunately, provincial energy efficiency programs in Ontario have been cancelled by the current conservative government. When programs are available, you can view them on the Save ON Energy website.
  • Enbridge Home Efficiency Rebate – Enbridge Gas currently offers rebates available for air sealing, high-efficiency furnaces, windows, doors, water heaters, and more.

Clean Energy Incentives

Low Income Incentive Programs

  • Enbridge Home Winterproofing Program – Enbridge Gas offers several free efficiency upgrades including insulation, air sealing, and smart thermostats to customers whose total annual household income is under a certain threshold.

Prince Edward Island

Government of Prince Edward Island

There are currently 6 clean energy incentive programs available in Prince Edward Island which offer a total of 28 energy efficiency rebates and 1 renewable energy rebate.

These incentive programs are primarily offered by EfficiencyPEI, while a single low-income program is also co-offered by the City of Charlottetown.

Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs

  • Energy Efficient Equipment Rebates – EfficiencyPEI currently offers rebates on various home air and water heating equipment including heat pumps, biomass heating systems, and more.
  • Home Insulation Rebates – EfficiencyPEI currently offers rebates for insulation, air sealing, windows, doors, and skylights.

Both of these above programs (along with the Winter Warming Program, listed below) are also available to duplexes, townhouses, and apartment buildings through the Multi-Unit Residential Building Efficiency Program.

Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

Low Income Incentive Programs

  • Winter Warming Program – EfficiencyPEI is offering free home air sealing, installation of a programmable thermostat, a low-flow shower head, LED light bulbs and more to PEI residents whose total annual household income equals $50,000 or less.

Québec

Transition energetique Quebec

There are currently 8 major clean energy incentive programs in Québec which offer a total of 27 energy efficiency rebates, 1 renewable energy rebate, and 1 clean transportation rebate.

Most of these programs are offered through Transition énergétique Québec and energy distribution companies such as Hydro Québec, Gazifére, and Énergir.

Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs

  • Rénoclimat Program – Transition énergétique Québec currently offers rebates for insulation, air sealing, windows, doors, water heating systems, and more.
  • Chauffez vert Program – Transition énergétique Québec currently offers rebates for heat pumps and heating systems.
  • Éconologis Program – Transition énergétique Québec currently offers rebates for low income households, which may come with a free electronic thermostat.
  • Novoclimat Program – Transition énergétique Québec also offers rebate for newly built energy efficient homes.
  • Gazifére Green – Gazifére is currently offering cash incentives on smart thermostats, air exchangers, and water heaters.
  • Énergir Grants – Énergir is currently offering several grants for smart thermostats, water and heating systems, and more.

Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

  • Rénoclimat Program – Transition énergétique Québec currently offers rebates geothermal heating systems.

Clean Transportation Incentive Programs

  • New Vehicle Rebate – Transition énergétique Québec is currently offering a rebate of up to $8,000 for zero-emission vehicles. The rebate varies by make and model, so use this tool to determine the rebate amount that is eligible for each.

Saskatchewan

SaskPower

Sadly, there are no known clean energy incentive programs available in Saskatchewan.

When these programs are available, you will be able to find them here, and possibly on the SaskPower and SaskEnergy websites.


Yukon Territory

Government of Yukon

There is currently 1 major clean energy incentive program in the Yukon which offers a total of 12 energy efficiency rebates and 1 renewable energy rebate.

The program is called the Good Energy Program and is offered by the Government of Yukon.

Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs

  • Good Energy Home Energy Rebates – The Government of Yukon is currently offering rebates on heat-recovery ventilators, appliances, insulation, windows, doors, water-saving devices, and more.

Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

  • Good Energy Renewable Energy Rebate – The Government of Yukon is currently offering a rebate of $800 per kW for off-grid residents who are installing solar, wind, hydro, biomass, or geothermal energy generation systems.

External Resources

  • Government of Canada – The federal government used to maintain a list of energy incentives for every province and territory. However, this list appears to have been last updated in November 2018.

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Clean Energy Incentives & Rebates in Canada 2020 was published by Rylan Urban on May 5th, 2020.


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MCG
3 months ago

Ontario amended Regulation 282/98 under the Assessment Act so that the assessment and tax classification of property would not change due to the addition of a renewable energy installation on the property (2012). LINK
 
This type of property tax classification encourages residential and commercial property owners to install permanent renewable energy installations.

Atupele Chakwera
3 months ago
Greg
3 months ago

Enbridge has some incentives: https://enbridgesmartsavings.com/