There are many rebate programs available to financially support your home retrofit program. Sometimes it can be tricky to navigate which programs you could be eligible for, so it is recommended to connect with one of the services below to help guide you through the process of applying for rebates and completing your project.
- Energy Concierge – CRD Home Energy Navigator Program
- Energy Coach – ServicesCleanBC Better Homes
- Thinking of installing a heat pump? Check out Sidney’s Heat Pump Permitting Guide
Want to learn more about what rebate programs you may want to ask about? Check out the list below.
Please note, the information below is subject to change, and may not always represent the most up-to-date information for each program.
Local Support: Town of Sidney + CRD Programs
In early 2021, Sidney Council committed $50,000 as a municipal partner in the CleanBC Better Homes rebate program and allocated an additional $25,000 to the program in the fall of 2023. The funds are used to top-up rebates provided through the Provincial CleanBC Better Homes program for home renovations completed by Sidney residents.
- Air Source Heat Pump: $350 top-up
- Electrical Service Upgrade: $500 top-up
- Heat Pump Water Heater: $350 top-up
- Contractor Incentive: $50
Residents do not need to apply for a municipal top-up directly. Any Sidney resident who applies for and receives a rebate from the CleanBC Better Homes program will automatically have the top-up added to their rebate if they are eligible.
The Home Energy Navigator Program aims to support residents to undertake low carbon home energy retrofits and take advantage of government and utility incentives. Participants are connected with an Energy Concierge, who is then available throughout a retrofit project to answer questions, provide support, and give local, expert advice and guidance to navigate the complex world of home energy retrofits.
The Home Energy Navigator Program in a free program created by the CRD and local government partners in the capital region and informed by industry experts. This program is run by City Green Solutions, a local non-profit with decades of experience helping homeowners save energy.
If you are installing a heat pump, you can also access an additional rebate using the CRD Group Purchase Rebate (GPR) code. The more people who use the code within the specified time frame when purchasing a heat pump, the larger the rebate, up to a maximum of $500 (if 35 people sign up). Any resident in the CRD can participate in this program.
Provincial Support: CleanBC Programs
CleanBC has now launched a funding program specifically for those with lower income designed to help qualifying residents make energy-efficient upgrades in their homes and lower their expenditure on energy. This is different than traditional rebate programs, because the funding goes directly to the contractor meaning you aren’t required to pay the full cost up front.
Looking for information or general advice about energy efficiency upgrades and rebates? The Energy Coach program is a free coaching service for homeowners and commercial building owners and managers in British Columbia.
Energy Coaches are trained energy efficiency specialists who provide building-science based information about the options and opportunities to improve the energy efficiency of your home or building.
Talk to a coach who can walk you through the process by:
The CleanBC Better Homes and Home Renovation Rebate Programs, administered by BC Hydro, FortisBC and the Province of BC, provides rebates for improving your home’s energy efficiency through select upgrades.
The CleanBC Better Homes New Construction Program provides rebates of up to $15,000 for the construction of new, high-performance electric homes. It is open to builders constructing new Part 9 single family detached homes, laneway homes, duplexes, triplexes, or townhomes.
Builders can receive rebates for constructing homes with electric heat pumps or for building to upper step levels in the BC Energy Step Code using electric space and water heating equipment. Additional bonus rebates are available for homes with no fossil fuel usage at all and for working with an energy advisor.
The CleanBC Go Electric program provides rebates for home and workplace EV charging and is intended to encourage and accelerate the adoption of zero-emission vehicles in B.C.
In addition to rebates for purchasing an electric vehicle in B.C., the Government of B.C. is working with BC Hydro and FortisBC to offer provincial rebates for the purchase and installation of electric vehicle (EV) chargers and infrastructure to get homes and workplaces across B.C. ready for EVs.
Federal Support: Greener Homes
The Canada Greener Homes Grant is a rebate program administered by the federal government. This program is designed to offer financial support for home retrofits including energy efficiency retrofits (e.g. insulation and air sealing), thermostats, heat pumps, and solar installations up to $5,000.
EnerGuide retrofit evaluations are required for the program, but these evaluations are also eligible for rebates up to $600. Any homeowner in Canada is eligible to apply, and could receive up to $5,600 in rebates.