Skip to content

Social housing retrofit support program

Does your social housing organization operate a multi-unit residential building? BC Hydro and FortisBC are working together to help you save energy and costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Funding and rebates available

Social housing providers can access funding and support to implement a variety of electric and natural gas energy conservation upgrades.

  • Energy study funding – up to $5,000 (optional)
  • Implementation support funding – up to $7,000 (optional)
  • Rebates on a variety of high-efficiency upgrades

Electric rebates

  • Commercial kitchen equipment
  • Commercial refrigeration equipment
  • Heat pumps and electric water heaters
  • LED lighting and controls
  • Variable speed drives

To find out if your existing equipment is eligible for a rebate, please use this calculator [XLSM, 370 KB] to determine eligibility.

Who's eligible

  • You must be a registered charity that provides assistance to low-income persons, or a housing provider that is a:
    • Local government
    • Housing society registered under the Societies Act
    • Housing co-op registered under the Cooperative Association Act or
    • Governing body of an Indigenous band, provided the housing is primarily for low-income households
  • You must be a commercial customer of BC Hydro and/or FortisBC (natural gas or electricity) or a municipal utility.
  • The building where energy conservation upgrades will be implemented must be an existing multi-unit residential building with a minimum of nine units. Spaces being retrofitted should be common areas. Recreational spaces can qualify.

Read the terms and conditions [PDF, 231 KB] for a complete list of requirements.

Note that participants must be approved before accessing funding and rebates through this program.

How to apply

If your project involves measures for electricity only and your building is in BC Hydro's service area (including New Westminster), contact your key account manager at BC Hydro or email

CleanBC Program

The CleanBC Program is intended to help building owners and operators reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in their existing commercial buildings.

CleanBC is offering both a Custom Program offer for larger operations and a Custom-Lite Program offer intended to facilitate smaller electrification opportunities across the commercial and institutional building sector.

For full program details visit the CleanBC website.

Partner logos

This program is funded in part, by the Province of British Columbia and the Government of Canada.

Province of BC and Government of Canada logo