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Eco-Roof Incentive Program

Eco-Roof Incentive Program

Grants for Green and Cool Roofs

Grants are available to support the installation of green and cool roofs on Toronto homes and buildings.

Green roofs support the growth of vegetation and consists of a waterproofing membrane, drainage layer, organic growing medium (soil), and vegetation. Cool roofs reflect the sun’s rays and reduce heat build-up through a coating applied over an existing roof system, or a new single-ply waterproofing membrane.

Eco-Roof Incentive Program

Benefits of eco-roofs:

  • Save energy
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Reduce urban heat
  • Capture stormwater
  • Improve air quality
  • Create habitat

Green Roof Incentives

  • $100 / square metre installed
  • up to $1,000.00 for a structural assessment

Cool Roof Incentive

  • $2 to $5 / square metre

Eco-Roof Incentive Program

Eligible buildings for the Eco-Roof Incentive Program

  • existing residential, industrial, commercial and institutional buildings in the city of Toronto
  • new residential, industrial, commercial, and institutional buildings with a gross floor area of less than 2,000 m²
  • all new construction projects by Toronto School Boards and not-for-profit organizations

Grant applications must be approved prior to commencing any work on the roof.

Projects that have started, or are complete, are not eligible for funding.

Projects must be completed within six months of the application date

Eco-Roof Incentive Program

Incentive

  • $100 per m2 of green roof

Funding requests greater than $100,000 are subject to approval by City Council

Green roofs on existing buildings are also eligible for a Structural Assessment Grant. See information below.

Design/Construction Requirements

Must be designed and constructed in conformance with the Toronto Green Roof Construction Standard.

Coverage requirements

Gross Floor Area*
(Size of Building)
Minimum Coverage of Available Roof Space**
(Size of Green Roof)
Less than 4,999 m² 20%
5,000 – 9,999 m² 30%
10,000 – 14,999 m² 40%
15,000 – 19,999 m² 50%
20,000 m² or greater 60%

* Gross Floor Area – The total area (all floors) of a building, above and below average grade, measured from the exterior wall of each floor level, including voids at the level of each floor, such as an atrium, mezzanine, stairwell, escalator, elevator, ventilation duct or utility shaft, but excluding areas used for the purpose of parking or loading.
** Available Roof Space – The total roof area minus areas designated for renewable energy, private terraces, and residential outdoor amenities (to a maximum of 2 square metres per unit). 

Documentation requirements

Photo of the roof prior to construction (not applicable for new construction).

  1. Roof plan: A detailed drawing of the roof showing:
    • Total roof area in m2
    • Proposed green roof area in m2
    • Percentage green roof coverage
    • Total gross floor area of the building
  2. Green roof design plans showing:
    • plant material
    • type of growing medium
    • construction details
  3. Maintenance plan that addresses:
    • protection measures for vegetated areas from impact of foot traffic (i.e., minimizing potential for damage);
    • the amount, time and control of irrigation;
    • the amount, type and time of fertilizer application;
    • weed management, including how often, which weeds to remove;
    • replanting (if required);
    • periodic inspection of drains, edging, roof penetrations, flashings, non-planted areas. This information may also be part of the roofing membrane maintenance program;
    • troubleshooting, and
    • assignment of responsibility for removal of, care for, and reinstallation of growing medium and vegetation in the event of a leak.
  4. If you are also applying for a Structural Assessment Grant, you must provide the following:
    • A copy of the structural assessment report, which evaluates the ability of a building to hold the weight of a green roof that meets the City’s Green Roof Construction Standards.
    • A copy of the paid invoice for the structural assessment.

These documents can up uploaded via the online form or emailed to ecoroof@toronto.ca. The City reserves the right to request additional supporting documentation.

Structural Assessment Grant

Grants are available to help offset the cost of a structural assessment to determine if an existing building can carry the additional weight of a green roof.

You must hire a structural engineer licensed to work in the Province of Ontario and undertake the structural assessment prior to applying for funding for your green roof.

To be considered for a structural assessment grant, you must include the following documentation with your green roof funding application:

  • A copy of the structural assessment report, which evaluates the ability of a building to hold the weight of a green roof that meets the City’s Green Roof Construction Standards.
  • A copy of the paid invoice for the structural assessment.

The grant will equal the cost of the structural assessment or $1000.00, whichever is less. If a structural engineer determines that the building cannot support a green roof, the applicant will still be eligible for a Structural Assessment Grant.

Eco-Roof Incentive Program

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POOLSaver

Get an instant $400 rebate when you replace a constant-speed pump with a variable speed pool pump.


POOLSaver

Who can participate

Customers in the Toronto Hydro, Oakville Hydro, Hydro Ottawa, Renfew Hydro, Burlington Hydro, Halton Hills Hydro and Milton Hydro service territories who replace an existing constant speed pump with a variable-speed pump for their residential pool.


POOLSaver

What you can get:

Gain $400 in incentives when you switch out inefficient equipment for energy-saving variable-speed pumps. The rebate is applied when you purchase your new pool pump.


POOLSaver

How to Get Started:

Start off pool season with a lighter carbon footprint. For more information visit your local hydro company site for POOLSaver:

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Home Winterproofing Program

A free Home Winterproofing Program for low-income customers to improve the comfort and energy efficiency of their homes and reduce their gas bills by up to 30 per cent.


Who can participate

Customers who pay their natural gas bill and live in homes built prior to 1980 that use a gas furnace and who either:

This program is also offered free to social housing providers who use natural gas for heating.

Home Winterproofing Program


What you can get:

Home Winterproofing Program

  • A free assessment of your home by an Enbridge delivery agent to assess what energy-saving upgrades you can receive free of charge. These could include: new insulation and draft proofing, low-flow showerheads, kitchen and bathroom aerators and programmable thermostats.
  • Installation of energy-efficient upgrades by a professional contractor.
  • Home audit to measure how the energy-efficiency of your home has improved once the upgrades have been installed.

Home Winterproofing Program


How to Get Started:

Visit the Enbridge site to learn more about the program and how to apply.

Home Winterproofing Program

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Smart Thermostat $100 Rebate for Ontario Homes

Get Smart Thermostat $100 Rebate for Ontario Homes

Smart Thermostat $100 Rebate for Ontario Homes 

Using a smart thermostat to control your home heating and cooling makes it easy to reduce your carbon footprint. If you live in Ontario, you could receive a $100 rebate for purchasing an eligible smart thermostat.

Who Can Participate

If you live in a house, condominium or apartment unit in Ontario, you could be eligible as long as your heating and cooling system is compatible. If you rent, you must receive consent from your landlord to participate.

Read the complete list of requirements in the Terms and Conditions for more information.

What You Get

Smart thermostats do the leg work of keeping your home comfortable as efficiently as possible. They manage energy use in your home by learning your schedule and preferences, automatically delivering comfort when you're there and savings when you're not. Enjoy features like automated energy saving adjustments and maintenance alerts. Plus, with Wi-Fi technology, you control your thermostat from anywhere – on your phone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer.

Starting December 13, 2017 purchase and install one of the qualifying smart thermostat models and receive a $100 rebate.

Ecobee

Nest

Smart Thermostat $100 Rebate for Ontario Homes

You can purchase a smart thermostat online from manufacturer websites or at local home improvement stores.

How it Works

  1. Purchase and install one of the eligible smart thermostat models.
  2. Connect your smart thermostat to Wi-Fi then register your smart thermostat online with the manufacturer.
  3. Submit your rebate application through the manufacturer’s rebate portal:

     

  4. Your $100 rebate cheque will be sent to you in 8 to 12 weeks.

Smart Thermostat $100 Rebate for Ontario Homes

For more information about available grants for your home or business or to learn how to repair your credit please go to:

http://www.governmentgrantscanada.ca/

Smart Thermostat $100 Rebate for Ontario Homes

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Home Energy Conservation Program

Get up to $5,000 back for making efficiency upgrades throughout your whole home. Plus receive additional rebates to upgrade electrical appliances.


Who can participate

Homeowners with natural gas, oil, propane, electric and wood-stove heated homes in the Enbridge program area.

To participate, you must get an assessment of your home’s current energy use by an approved energy advisor who will suggest how you can make improvements to your home’s energy efficiency. You will need to implement at least two energy upgrades to receive incentives.

Home Energy Conservation Program


What you can get:

Get up to $5,000 back in home energy efficiency incentives for home improvements such as new insulation, windows, water heaters, furnaces and boilers through the Enbridge Home Energy Conservation Program. If you complete more than two of these upgrades you'll qualify for an extra $250 rebate for each additional improvement. Your rebate will also include $600 towards the cost of the pre- and post-audit assessments completed for your home. The more energy you save, the more money you’ll get back from the program.

Home Energy Conservation Program

Here are some of the additional rebates you can receive:

  • $600 toward the cost of the pre- and post-renovation assessments.
  • Additional rebates to replace existing electric appliances such as,

     

    • Fridges ($75)
    • Freezers ($75)
    • Clothes washers ($75)
    • Dehumidifiers ($30)
  • Incentives are also available to upgrade your existing window air conditioner or install a new central air conditioning system.

Home Energy Conservation Program

You could also receive between $500 to $5,800 for eligible air source heat pumps depending on your existing fuel source.

This program is delivered by Enbridge Gas Distribution in partnership with the Green Ontario Fund and Save on Energy

Home Energy Conservation Program

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GreenON Rebates for Ground-Source Heat Pumps

Heat and cool your home while reducing your carbon emissions. Ground-source heat pumps (GSHPs), also known as home geothermal, use the earth's constant underground temperature to draw heat to warm your home more efficiently, which can reduce heating costs by up to 50 per cent. In the summer, it reverses the cycle to keep your home cool and comfortable.

GreenON Rebates for Ground-Source Heat Pumps

GreenON Rebates for Ground-Source Heat Pumps

Using a participating contractor, Ontario homeowners who live in a detached home, townhouse or semi are able to take part. The rebate is also available to homeowners of new custom home builds. If you are a landlord, you must obtain permission from your tenants.


What You Get

Receive up to $20,000 in rebates for an ENERGY STAR® Certified GSHP which can save you up to 50 per cent on heating costs. Rebates are available for three models:

Horizontal closed-loop heat pump:

Receive $2,000/loop ton up to $15,000

If your home is located on sufficient land this heat pump may be the most cost-effective for you. Pipes are laid in trenches, which requires a minimum 600 feet of ¾” or 1” HDPE pipe per ton or 500 feet of 1-¼” HDPE pipe per ton.

GreenON Rebates for Ground-Source Heat Pumps


Pond closed-loop heat pump:

Receive $2,000/loop ton up to $15,000

Have a property with a pond? If it’s the right size and depth this heat pump may be the most cost-effective option for you. Pipes are laid at least eight feet below the pond surface and connect to your home.

 


Vertical closed-loop heat pump:

Receive $3,000/loop ton up to $20,000

This heat pump is most often used where there is less space available or soil is too shallow or difficult to trench. Pipes require minimum 200 feet of borehole and 400 feet of ¾” or 1” HDPE pipe per ton or 180 feet of borehole and 360 feet of 1-¼” HDPE pipe per ton.

GreenON Rebates for Ground-Source Heat Pumps


Already have a heat pump and looking to update? Receive up to $4,500 to replace or repair your ground-source heat pump. Systems must be at least 20 years old.

Receive up to $750/ton of heat pump when replacing an existing ground source heat pump system or $750/loop ton for ground loop repair.

 

For more information about available grants for your home or business or to learn how to repair your credit please go to:

http://www.governmentgrantscanada.ca/

GreenON Rebates for Ground-Source Heat Pumps

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GreenON Rebates for Air-Source Heat Pumps

Get up to $5,800 for an Air-Source Heat Pump

 

Use the outside air to heat and cool your home while reducing your carbon footprint. Air-source heat pumps (ASHPs) use heat exchangers to draw heat from the outside air to bring it indoors, keeping your home warm more efficiently. In the summer it reverses the cycle to keep you cool.

Rebates for Air-Source Heat Pumps


Who Can Participate

Using a participating contractor, Ontario homeowners who live in a detached home, townhouse or semi are able to take part. If you are a landlord, you must obtain permission from your tenants.

Please note that in order to qualify for this rebate your home must use electricity, propane or heating oil as a primary heating source. Homes heated with natural gas are not eligible.


What You Get

Receive up to $5,800 to install or replace an air-source heat pump in your home. Air-source heat pumps are more efficient than ever, so it’s easy to find a model that’s right for your home.

Rebates for Air-Source Heat Pumps

For homes with existing ductwork:

  • ENERGY STAR® Ducted Air-Source Heat Pump $3,250
  • ENERGY STAR® Cold Climate Ducted Air-Source Heat Pump $5,500

 

For homes without existing ductwork:

  • ENERGY STAR® Ductless Air-Source Heat Pump $1,900
  • ENERGY STAR® Ductless Multiport Air-Source Heat Pump $2,500 for exterior unit and first two interior units plus $250 for each additional interior unit, up to a maximum of $4,250
  • ENERGY STAR® Cold Climate Ductless Air-Source Heat Pump $2,500
  • ENERGY STAR® Cold Climate Ductless Multiport Air-Source Heat Pump $3,000 for exterior unit and first two interior units plus $400 for each additional interior unit, up to a maximum of $5,800

Rebates for Air-Source Heat Pumps

Which system is right for me?

Call GreenON Support to find out. It depends on your home’s age, size and location. You can also ask a GreenON participating contractor, who can assess your home and recommend the best options for you. Some manufacturers offer additional rebates and extended warranties, so be sure to ask your contractor if your system qualifies.

 

For more information about available grants for your home or business or to learn how to repair your credit please go to:

http://www.governmentgrantscanada.ca/

Rebates for Air-Source Heat Pumps

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Free New insulation and draft proofing Enbridge Gas

Free New insulation and draft proofing Enbridge Gas

Is your home heated by natural gas?
In order to qualify for this great program, you will
need to meet the customer and income requirements 
described below:

Are you a customer of Enbridge Gas Distribution?
Do you pay your own natural gas bill?

Free New insulation and draft proofing Enbridge Gas
How to apply

Visit winterproofing.ca and complete the online 
Program application form then submit the form to the 
Program Delivery Agent in your Area. The Program 
Delivery Agent will contact you within a few weeks. 
Mail or fax the attached Program application form 
to the Program Delivery Agent in your area listed 
on the back of this brochure.

Call the Enbridge Program Delivery Agent in 
your area. They may be able to pre-qualify your 
home over the phone.

•Signed application, proof of income
•The account number on your gas bill
•A copy of your last income tax assessment or
benefit statement

Free New insulation and draft proofing Enbridge Gas

We see the greatest energy savings in homes that are35 years and older.

Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. makes no representation, warranty or 
guarantee regarding the projected savings of any energy efficiency 
measures or performance of installed equipment.

Free New insulation and draft proofing Enbridge Gas

If your household income (before tax 
income of all household members 18 years 
or older) is no more than the amounts on 
the following chart:

Free New insulation and draft proofing Enbridge Gas
Eligibility Requirements

If you participate in one of the following government 
assistance programs:

•Ontario Works
•Guaranteed Income Supplement
•National Child Benefit Supplement
•Allowance for Seniors
•Allowance for Survivors
•Ontario Disability Support Program
•Electric Utility HAP Program
•Healthy Smiles Ontario Child Dental Program
•Ontario Electricity Support Program

OR

Household Size-Maximum Gross Annual Income
One person $32,843
Two people $40,886
Three people $50,266
Four people $61,028
Five people $69,217
Six people $78,065
Seven or more people $86,914

Enbridge Program Agents

Toronto, Peel, Niagara, Simcoe, and York Areas
GreenSaver
74 Six Point Road 
Etobicoke, ON M8Z 2X2 

T:416-203-3106
T:1-888-855-3106 (Toll Free) 
F: 416-203-3121
F:1-888-777-8416 (Toll Free)

info@greensaver.org 

Ottawa Area EnviroCentre
366 Rideau Street
Ottawa, ON K1N 5Y8
T:613-656-0100
T: 1-877-580-2582 (Toll Free) 
F:613-562-3361

enviro@envirocentre.ca 

Durham and Peterborough Area
Windfall Centre

93A Industrial Parkway S. 
Aurora, ON L4G 3V5

T: 905-727-0491 (local # – Aurora)

T: 705-243-1879 (local # – Peterborough)

T: 1-866-280-4431 (Toll Free) 
F: 289-648-4106

applications@windfallcentre.ca 

Prepare your home for winter by applying Home
Winter proofing Program. If you qualify, you can save and 
stay that much warmer during the long winter months. 
Now that’s something to cozy up to.

Yes, it’s free.
No catch.
Just coziness.

This program is absolutely free to all homes that
qualify.
 Enbridge will pay for the cost of energy saving
improvements such as insulation and draft proofing 
preventing against cold drafts that are common in old 
homes. We want to help you afford home improvements
that will keep you warm and comfortable.
New insulation and draft proofing installed by
experienced professionals.

If you qualify, you could receive

Enjoy savings of up to 30% of your energy use and lower energy bills.
Increase comfort
We want to help you afford home improvements that will keep you warm and
comfortable Be healthier
Living in drafty conditions can be hard on your health. 
Fewer drafts mean a more comfortable home for you and your family. 

DISCLAIMER

We believe the information contained in this 
article to be accurate.It is presented with the
understanding that we are not engaged in
rendering legal,accounting, or investment advice.
When professional assistance is required,
utilize the services of a licensed real estate
broker, lawyer, accountant,
or other consultant as may be required.

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Eligible for the GST/HST new housing rebate

Eligible for the GST/HST new housing rebate

You may be eligible for a new housing rebate for some of the GST/HST paid if you are an individual who:

purchased new housing or constructed or substantially renovated housing, which could include housing on leased land (if the lease is for at least 20 years or gives you the option to buy the land), for use as your (or your relation’s) primary place of residence
purchased shares in a co-operative housing (co-op) complex for the purpose of using a unit in the co-op for use as your (or your relation’s) primary place of residence
constructed or substantially renovated your own home, or hired someone else to construct or substantially renovate your home for use as your (or your relation’s) primary place of residence and the fair market value of the house when the construction is substantially completed is less than $450,000

new housing rebate

Qualifying housing also includes mobile homes (including modular homes) and floating homes. For mobile and floating homes, you may have the option to treat your mobile or floating home as a purchased home or as an owner-built home when claiming your new housing rebate.

For more information, see Guide RC4028, GST/HST New Housing Rebate.

GST/HST new housing rebate you can claim
new housing rebate
The GST/HST new housing rebate allows an individual to recover some of the goods and services tax (GST) or the federal part of the harmonized sales tax (HST) paid for a new or substantially renovated house that is for use as the individual's, or their relation's, primary place of residence, when all of the other conditions are met. Additionally, other provincial new housing rebates may be available for the provincial part of the HST whether the GST/HST new housing rebate for the federal part of the HST is available or not.

In certain circumstances, a transitional new housing rebate may be available in addition to any GST/HST new housing rebate and provincial new housing rebate for which you may be eligible, even if the house is not your primary place of residence.

The new housing rebate is not available to a corporation or a partnership.

Owner-built houses

You may be entitled to claim a GST/HST new housing rebate for an owner-built house if you:

built, or engaged someone else to build, a house on land that you already owned or leased
substantially renovated, or engaged someone else to substantially renovate, your existing house (at least 90% of the interior of the existing house must be removed or replaced to be a substantial renovation)
renovated, or engaged someone else to renovate, your existing house and built, or engaged someone else to build, a major addition to your house that at least doubles the size of the living area of the house (for example, the addition of a full second story to an existing bungalow. Adding a sun porch, sun room, family room, or bedroom by itself is not a major addition)
converted a non-residential property into your house
purchased a new or substantially renovated mobile home or a new floating home from a builder of the home (this includes the manufacturer or vendor of the home) or you or someone you hired substantially renovated such a home. For a mobile or a floating home, you have the option of claiming either the owner-built new housing rebate or the new housing rebate for a house purchased from a builder

More information at
https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/tax/businesses/topics/gst-hst-businesses/gst-hst-home-construction/gst-hst-new-housing-rebate.html

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Hamilton Emergency Repair Program

The Hamilton Emergency Repair Program (ERP) is open to 

Ontario Works (OW) and 
Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) homeowners 

to fund serious and urgent repairs that would jeopardize 
the condition of the home to the point that it would 
adversely affect the household’s health and safety.

Hamilton Emergency Repair Program

The Emergency Repair Program is provided in the form of a grant up to the amount of $5,000.

Funding for the program is limited and applications will be reviewed on a “first come, first serve basis” until funding is exhausted. Incomplete applications will not be considered for program funding. 

Eligibility for Emergency Repair Program

You must be current recipients of Ontario Works (OW) or Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)
You must own a home in Hamilton that is their sole and principal residence with a Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) Tax Assessment valued at or below $330,000
You must have confirmation of home insurance and be able to prove they have exhausted all insurance(s) and funding sources as a remedy for the emergency prior to applying to this program
Your property must be registered in your name(s) and mortgage, property taxes, and utilities must be up-to-date

Eligible repairs include:

heating systems that are no longer working or that have been deemed too dangerous to operate (by a licensed gas-fitter or other similarly authorized professional
patching a roof
electrical systems
plumbing systems
owned water heater repairs
damage which compromises the security of the home/inhabitants
foundation repairs
chimney repairs
accessibility (repairs to existing accessibility modifications only)

Ineligible repairs include, but are not limited to:

Hamilton Emergency Repair Program

renovations to increase energy efficiency
accessibility modifications
renovations for aesthetic purposes only
additions or creation of secondary suites
preventative maintenance
the cost of a new home foundation
work done before program approval is given
the cost of a new furnace except where the City is satisfied that the existing furnace is unsafe
additions or upgrades to a home not considered emergency repairs
the cost of materials for insulation
the portion of costs exceeding $5000

How to apply for Emergency Repair Program
Contact at least two licensed and unrelated repair contractors to provide a written detailed quote for your repair.

Complete and return the application form (PDF, 203 KB) and your supporting material and documentation to:
City of Hamilton – Housing Services Division
350 King Street East, Suite 110
Hamilton, ON L8N 3Y3

ATTENTION: Marjorie Walker

If you are found eligible for the program, you will be requested to meet with the program administrator where you will be issued:
A promissory/eligibility letter
A liability waiver releasing the City of any responsibility of the transactions and services between the program participant and the contractor
A Letter of Work Satisfaction Sign-off
After the meeting, you can contact the contractor to arrange for the repairs to be completed.

Once the repairs are complete, sign and return the Letter of Satisfaction and a detailed invoice from the Contractor within three business days of having the work completed to receive payment.

Contact us

For more information, contact:
Housing Loans Officer
Phone: 905-546-2424 ext. 2758
Email: housing@hamilton.ca

Hamilton Emergency Repair Program

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