Air Sealing and
The Greener Homes Grant helps you pay for insulating your:
Grant amount for air sealing depends on:
The air tightness target set by your energy advisor after your pre-work evaluation.
Your performance relative to that target, as measured in your post-work evaluation.
Government of Canada
Must be combined with another
Requires 100% coverage
Apply self-adhering underlayment
Must be applied to exterior
Min. 80% below-grade coverage:
Requires 100% coverage
Add moisture barrier to walls, floors, and headers
Can I qualify for air sealing I undertake myself?
Yes, you can qualify for the federal grant if you meet the airtightness target after fixing leaks on your own. The grant amount is capped at the cost of materials so keep all your receipts.
How will I know where to find air leaks?
During your evaluation your advisor will conduct an air leakage walkthrough to identify leakage spots. We use thermal camera technology to find leaks large and small that you can seal.
How do I know if I meet the air sealing target?
A second blower test is performed at your post-retrofit evaluation. If the new result meets or exceeds the target specified in your pre-retrofit evaluation then you will qualify for the grant.
Renovation Upgrade Report: created by an energy advisor, your report is a personalized roadmap that includes:
A breakdown of your energy usage
A list of recommended upgrades
Your EnerGuide rating, before and after recommended upgrades
Energy-saving tips and more
Energy Advisor: an expert in home energy efficiency who works closely with contractors, builders and homeowners to measure and improve the efficiency of homes. HomeStep.ca energy advisors are certified and registered with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan).
Blower-Door Test: a measurement of your home's air tightness. This test is conducted by the energy advisor during the pre- and post-work assessments.
How to Apply
Greener Homes Grant
Book your evaluation
Once you have selected HomeStep.ca you are automatically added to our waitlist.
If you have finished creating your application you are ready to book your in-person energy evaluation
We will also contact you directly once your application appears in our waitlist.
Pre-retrofit EnerGuide home evaluation
You must complete a pre-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation before beginning the retrofits to be eligible for the grant.
An energy advisor performs the pre-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation, to measure the efficiency of your home. The evaluation is in-person and takes 1-2 hours. The advisor can provide upgrade guidance at this time.
Retrofit your home
After the pre-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation is complete, you will be provided a report with the results and our recommendations. After review, you can decide which retrofits work best for you.
Post-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation
Book a post-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation, and submit the required documents online or by mail. Once complete, your new EnerGuide label will show you how much more energy-efficient your home has become.
Request and receive your grant
You will be asked to confirm your total grant amount, which will cover part of your retrofits cost and the cost of the energy advisor. After confirmation, you will receive a cheque by mail within 30 business days.
Greener Homes Loan
Interest-free loans of up to $40,000 are available from the Government of Canada to help homeowners pay for the cost of retrofits.
The Canada Greener Homes Loan works alongside the Greener Homes Grant program.
With a 10 year, interest-free repayment term, homeowners may opt in to the loan when pursuing retrofits like insulation, heat pumps, solar panels, and more.
Energy advisors play a key part in the delivery of the loan.
Booking an energy evaluation is a requirement to qualify for the loan.