Posts Tagged ‘grants and rebates’

Home Renovation Tax Credit Now Available in Quebec

April 29th, 2014

On April 24th, 2014, the newly elected provincial Liberal government announced a LogiRenov Home Renovation Tax Credit, similar to the one the Federal government offered back in 2009.

Specifically the tax credit works like this (from the website):

The amount of the tax credit corresponds to 20% of the portion of an individual’s eligible expenses that exceeds $3,000, up to a maximum tax credit of $2,500 per eligible dwelling. [source]

The type of work that is permitted is pretty broad, from fixing up a bathroom to repairing or replacing roofing shingles. However, the work must be completed by a registered contractor and you must have a receipt for the work done.

To find out what type of work qualifies, visit the Revenu Quebec website.

Another point to remember is that EcoRenov tax credit that was introduced in November, 2013 is still in effect and will work in conjunction with this one.

The Home Renovation Tax Credit is only in effect for the tax years of 2014 and 2015, so if you want to take advantage of it, start organizing those projects now.

For more information, visit the Revenu Quebec website.

 

Hey, Prime Minister Harper! What do you mean you cancelled the Eco Energy Retrofit Grant???

April 7th, 2010

Yes, that’s right folks, here in Canada, when it comes to improving your home’s energy efficiency, if you snoozed, you lost. As of March 31, 2010, if you haven’t already booked your appointment with an energy auditor you can no longer apply for any ecoEnergy retrofit grant money from the feds.  Do NOT get me started on the short-sightedness of this latest cost-cutting measure. The only good news? So far it looks like the provincial Ontario grants have not been affected by Mr. Harper’s latest move — keep your fingers crossed they don’t follow suit.

To qualify to receive your federal ecoEnergy Retrofit grant, you must complete your retrofits by March 31, 2011 in order to get the grant money.

You are still eligible if you’ve already had your assessment or have even booked your appointment.

A little warning might have been nice, but there you go.

For more information see the Office of Energy Efficiency’s Home Page.

Home Improvement Grants and Rebates Available in Toronto

February 9th, 2010

NOTE: I updated this post on September 30, 2013 as many of the programs have now changed or have been cancelled.

 

Now that the Home Renovation Tax Credit has expired, you might be reluctant to do any but the necessary home improvement work around your house. The HRTC covered ANY home improvement, as long as it was permanently attached to the house (i.e., decks and broadloom can be claimed but patio furniture and area rugs can’t). But don’t despair,  there are still some rebates available for energy efficiency upgrades — which in the long run will save you money. However, trying to find available grants and rebates can be like walking through the cedar maze on Toronto Island, so I’ve put together a list of websites that can help in your search to save money.

One important point: if you want a rebate on any of the work you’re having done you must use a qualified energy auditor to perform pre and post energy audits. So if you’re building a new house, the rebates don’t apply (bummer, eh?).

Below is a list of websites that will guide you to the grants and rebates available to you depending on what home renovations you do.

City of Toronto:

Live Green Toronto has a program called HEAT (Home Energy Assistance Toronto) that lists the amount of rebate you can receive for improving your home’s insulation [***Update: As of March 31, 2011, this program is no longer available***].

Provincial Rebates and Grants:

Under the Home Energy Savings Program, the Ontario government matches federal grants and rebates, so you get twice the bang for your rebate buck. Provincial rebates are up to a maximum of $5000. [Note: this program appears to no longer be in existence. In its place are several smaller, piecemeal programs. Check out this page for more information at the Ministry of the Environment, Ontario.

Update: As of September 30th, 2013, “Every Kilowatt Counts” is now called the SaveONenergy program. It is the Ontario Power Authority’s website that offers great energy saving tips as well as coupons for gadgets that help you better control your electricity use. In the spring of 2010 look for coupons for discounts on programmable thermostats, weatherstripping, and one of my favourites, powerbars with built-in timers (be still my beating heart!). Plus, if you click further into their website, you’ll find a handy chart that identifies who sells what. (Hot tip!: Canadian Tire sells everything on the list!).

Federal Rebates and Grants:

The ecoEnergy Retrofit program is the federal government’s energy efficiency program. The rules are again very specific and depend on an energy audit first. But you can earn up to a maximum of $5000 in rebates depending on how far you take the efficiency steps. Note: This grant program is set to expire in March 31, 2011. Update: As of March 31, 2010, the federal government has cancelled this program. For more information read this post.

Happy Home Improvement!

Greensaver’s offers a rebate to all the HRTC procrastinators out there

January 26th, 2010

With the Home Renovation Tax Credit expired, you might be wondering what grant and rebate money is available to help you in your quest to increase your energy efficiency or home improvements. At least on one front, one company is offering a break to procrastinators:  Greensaver’s responsible renovation division will waive your GST if you book them to do your home improvement work before February 28th, 2010.

For more information on their home improvement division see their website.

For more information on Greensaver’s 5% GST waive click here.

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