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December 14, 2017

Ontario announces rebate program for energy-efficient home renovations

The province will offer thousands of dollars in rebates for homeowners who opt for energy-efficient renovations, including windows and insulation, the Ontario government said Wednesday. The announcement was well-timed, happening on a day that the temperature dipped well below zero.

Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Chris Ballard and Parminder Sandhu, chair of the Green Ontario Fund, announced the new measures at the MaRS Discovery District Wednesday morning.

The rebates will be offered through the Green Ontario Fund, the non-profit provincial agency funded by money from the province’s cap-and-trade program.

The new rebates are:

  • Up to $5,000 to replace windows that meet specific requirements.
  • Up to $7,200 off new insulation, and a $100 rebate for air sealing.
  • Up to $20,000 for Energy Star-certified ground source heat pumps, or up to $4,500 to repair existing heat pumps.
  • Up to $5,800 off Energy Star-certified air source heat pumps, or pumps that meet program requirements.

Homeowners and tenants could also be eligible for a $100 smart thermostat rebate.

In order to access the rebates, homeowners will have to work with a contractor that’s been screened and qualified under the program and listed at

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