Make your home efficient with the Canada Greener Homes Loan

Upgrade Your Home’s Energy Efficiency with Interest-Free Financing

Make your home efficient with the Canada Greener Homes Loan

Upgrade Your Home’s Energy Efficiency with Interest-Free Financing

Eligibility Requirements for Ottawa Better Homes– Loan Program

The Canada Greener Homes Loan is a valuable financing option offered by the Canadian government to support homeowners in achieving a more energy-efficient and comfortable home. As a certified service organization by natural resources Canada, we are dedicated to assisting homeowners in accessing this unique financing opportunity.

Our expert team will guide you through the loan application process and help you identify and complete the major retrofits that will maximize the energy efficiency and comfort of your home. By combining interest-free financing with the Canada Greener Homes Grant, you can make substantial strides in reducing your environmental impact while enjoying improved comfort and lower utility bills.

Let Solify Energy Advisors empower you to unlock the potential of a greener future with the Canada Greener Homes Loan.

Transition to a Greener Home with the Canada Greener Homes Loan Benefit from Up to $40,000 in Interest-Free Financing

Loan Details

    • Maximum Loan Amount: $40,000
    • Repayment Term: 10 Years, Interest-Free
    • Loan Type: Unsecured Personal Loan on Approved Credit

The Canada Greener Homes Loan offers homeowners the opportunity to finance their energyefficient retrofits with a maximum loan amount of $40,000.

The actual loan amount is determined based on the selected retrofits and quotes obtained.

Please note that the eligible loan amount is subject to industry standards and market norms, which may result in a loan amount lower than the quoted cost. In such cases, homeowners are responsible for funding the difference. Each eligible property and homeowner are eligible for a maximum of one loan. The loan can only be used to finance eligible products and installations recommended by an energy advisor and approved for the grant.

To facilitate the start of the retrofit work, a portion of the loan can be disbursed upfront, as contractors often require a down payment. The remaining balance of the loan will be disbursed upon successful completion of the retrofits, following a post-retrofit evaluation.

Experience the benefits of the Canada Greener Homes Loan and take a step towards a more
energy-efficient and comfortable home. Contact Solify Energy Advisors today to learn
more and start your journey towards a greener future.

Eligibility for Canada Greener Homes Loan

To be eligible for the Canada Greener Homes Loan, applicants must meet the following requirements:

Canada Greener Homes Grant Eligibility

You must be eligible for and apply for the Canada Greener Homes Grant or the equivalent provincial program.

Homeownership

You must be a Canadian homeowner, and the home for which you are applying must be your primary residence.

Pre-Retrofit Evaluation

You must have completed a pre-retrofit evaluation of your home dated April 1, 2020, or later. (If any evaluation has not been done up to now, Solify Advisors can perform it to you.)

Good Credit History

You must have a good credit history and not be under a consumer proposal, an orderly payment of debt program, a bankruptcy, or any equivalent insolvency proceeding.

Financial Capacity and Application Process:

    • As part of the Canada Greener Homes Loan application process, you will be required to provide financial information to demonstrate your capacity to repay the loan. This is to ensure that you have the necessary means to fulfill your financial obligations.
    • The Canada Greener Homes Loan is now open to homeowners who are interested in applying or already have an active application with the Canada Greener Homes Grant at the pre-retrofit stage. Starting from August 31, 2022, homeowners who have already requested a post-retrofit evaluation or received a grant payment will also be eligible to apply for the loan to finance any remaining eligible retrofits they wish to pursue but have not yet started.
    • It’s important to note that homeowners who have completed all their retrofits are not eligible to apply for the Canada Greener Homes Loan. However, they may still be eligible to apply for the loan if there are any remaining recommended retrofits that have not yet started.

The Canada Greener Homes Loan does not apply the following

X Work that has already been started or completed.

X Retrofits that have not been recommended by an energy advisor.

X Retrofits that are not eligible for a Canada Greener Homes Grant.

X Retrofits that are not included in your loan application.

*** Solify Advisors is here to guide you through the application process and help you access the Canada Greener Homes Loan to finance your energy-efficient retrofits. Contact us today to learn more and take the next step towards a greener and more sustainable home.

Low-rise multi-unit residential buildings (MURBs):

Individual homeowners living in a low-rise multi-unit residential building (MURB) must meet the additional eligibility criteria for MURBs outlined in the Canada Greener Homes Grant.

Indigenous group applicants:

1. You have the option to register multiple homes.
2. You must either own the home(s) or have a formal partnership representing the owners. The homes do not need to be the owner’s primary residence.
3. The home must be occupied by an Indigenous household.
4. You must select at least one eligible retrofit for each property covered by the loan.

How to Apply through Solify Energy Advisors:

1

Schedule a Pre-Retrofit EnerGuide Evaluation with Solify Advisors. Our expert assessment will determine your eligibility and provide recommendations for energy-efficient retrofits and installations, making your home more resilient to climate change.

The loan covers a range of eligible retrofits, including:

    • Home insulation,
    • Air-sealing
    • Windows and doors
    • Thermostat
    • Space and water heating
    • Renewable energy
    • Resiliency measures

2

Review the recommendations provided in the reports from Solify Energy Advisors and choose retrofits that fit within your budget. If any pre-planned upgrade is missing from the recommendation list, contact us to have it added to the report and request an updated version. Obtain multiple quotes from contractors for each retrofit.

3

After submission of your pre-retrofit evaluation file to the NRCan, now the customers must apply for the loan.

    • Residents of all provinces except Nova Scotia, Ontario and Quebec apply for the loan through the Canada Greener Homes portal.
    • Residents of Nova Scotia, Ontario and Quebec apply for the loan through the Canada Greener Homes Loan portal only after applying for the grant through your provincial co-delivery organization

4

Complete your retrofits and retain all receipts and invoices as proof of the work done. Keeping a record of your expenses will be essential for the loan process.

5

Get a post-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation to assess the impact of your improvements. Contact your EA at Solify Advisors for this evaluation, we will provide you with an updated EnerGuide label and estimate your grant amount.

6

We will update the information related to your final evaluation in the Canada Greener Homes portal, including the estimates of your final grant amount. You will also have to upload all your final invoices and receipts to the Canada Greener Homes portal, and receipts for the retrofits to the loan portal. The loan amount will be reviewed again based on the actual cost of the completed retrofits.

    • If the actual costs of the completed retrofits are lower than the initial cost estimates, the loan amount will be decreased.
    • If the actual costs are higher than the initial cost estimate, the loan amount will not be increased.

The final approved loan amount will be deposited into your bank account (less the initial advance, if you received one) within 10 days

7

Repay your loan over 10 years with detailed repayment information provided.

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FAQs

What is the difference between the grant and the loan?

The grant provides:

    • up to $5,000 of the eligible, recommended retrofits that you complete. Please note in some provinces the amount of the grant may be higher due to financial support of other programs; such as up to the $6500 in Ontario which is paid through HERX program.
    • up to $600 toward your eligible evaluations.

The grant is available once:

    • the retrofit and post-retrofit evaluation are complete.
    • the final invoices have been provided.
    • Natural Resources Canada and/or other supporters of the program such as Enbridge in ON has completed the final assessment of the grant amount.

Loan funds are also available once:

    • the retrofit and post-retrofit evaluation are complete.
    • the final invoices have been provided.
    • your final loan amount has been assessed.

You may be eligible to receive a portion of your loan funds in advance to pay for eligible upfront costs.

The loan can be up to $40,000, has a 10-year repayment term and is interest-free.

If I've already applied for the grant, how do I apply for the loan?

To apply for the loan after applying for the grant, follow these steps:

1. Schedule a Pre-Retrofit EnerGuide Evaluation with Solify Energy Advisors.

2. Decide which retrofits you wish to complete based on Solify energy advisors Renovation Upgrade Report.

3. Obtain quotes from contractors for the recommended retrofits (one quote is mandatory, but three quotes are optimal).

4. Submit an application for the loan, including your quotes, through the Solify Energy Advisors.

I've already started or completed my retrofits - how do I apply for the loan?

It’s important to note that you must receive loan approval before beginning your retrofits. If you have already started or completed your retrofits, even if they were included in your pre retrofit evaluation report, you will not be able to submit a loan application.

To be eligible for the loan, you must apply, upload 1 to 3 quotes from contractors, and get update for your application from Solify Energy Advisors.

Can I get the loan without applying for the grant?

No, the Canada Greener Homes Loan is available only to homeowners who are eligible for the Canada Greener Homes Grant or similar provincial programs (like HERX in Ontario). To be eligible for the loan, you must first apply for and be eligible for the grant program

Will this loan appear on my credit bureau?

Yes, the Canada Greener Homes Loan and its performance will be reported to Equifax Canada, a leading credit reporting agency.