Heat pump rebates for fuel switching

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Currently heated by natural gas, oil or propane? You could get up to $11,000 for going electric

You could get up to $11,000 for switching to an electric heat pump from a fossil fuel heating source. This includes a $3,000 rebate top-up from BC Hydro, which is in addition to CleanBC’s existing $3,000 rebate. This means eligible applicants can receive a combined rebate of up to $6,000 from BC Hydro and CleanBC in one application while funding lasts.

You may also be eligible for up to $5,000 in additional rebates from the federal government’s Canada Greener Homes Grant. This is a separate program with its own eligibility criteria and application process, which requires registration and a home evaluation before making any upgrades. Note: The Canada Greener Homes Grant program is currently experiencing delays in processing registrations for home evaluations, which may delay your heat pump installation if you choose to apply for that grant.

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Rebate options

For customers who replace a fossil fuel heating system (natural gas, oil, or propane):

  • CleanBC rebate: up to $3,000
  • BC Hydro top-up: up to $3,000
  • Total combined: up to $6,000

Some municipalities offer additional top-ups depending on where you live.

For customers who replace a fossil fuel heating system (natural gas, oil, or propane):

  • CleanBC rebate: up to $3,000
  • BC Hydro top-up: up to $3,000
  • Canada Greener Homes grant: up to $4,000 (*federal program, unaffiliated)
  • Total combined: up to $10,000

Some municipalities offer additional top-ups depending on where you live.

Including cold climate models

For customers who replace a fossil fuel heating system (natural gas, oil, or propane):

  • CleanBC rebate: up to $3,000
  • BC Hydro top-up: up to $3,000
  • Canada Greener Homes grant: up to $5,000 (*federal program, unaffiliated)
  • Total combined: up to $11,000

Some municipalities offer additional top-ups depending on where you live.

Eligibility for the top-up

  • You must have a residential account with BC Hydro.
  • Your home must currently be primarily heated with natural gas, oil, or propane.
  • The heat pump must become the primary heating system of the home. Old and back-up systems powered by fossil fuels must be fully decommissioned or removed (proof is required).
  • Your invoice must be dated September 28, 2021 or later, and you must apply for the rebate within six months.
  • You must meet our general eligibility requirements, which includes living in an eligible property type.

Product eligibility

  • The heat pump must be listed on the rebate-eligible heat pump list
  • It must be sufficiently sized to function as the primary heating system for the home.
    • A primary heating system must have the capacity to heat a minimum of 50% of the home for the entire heating season to 21ºC.

Select a type of air-source heat pump below to view additional eligibility criteria:

  • The indoor unit of the heat pump (head) must serve a main living area (Family room, living room or open-concept kitchen-living room) of the premises.
  • The system must meet all of the following requirements:
    • Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) of 16 or higher;
    • Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF Region IV) of 10.00 or higher;
    • Variable speed compressor (single speed and two stage compressors are not eligible); and
    • An AHRI certified reference number that references all components of the heat pump, including outdoor unit and indoor unit.
  • At least one indoor unit (head) must serve a main living area (Family room, living room, or open-concept kitchen-living room) of the premises.
  • The system must meet all of the following requirements:
    • Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) of 16 or higher;
    • Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF Region IV) of 9.30 or higher;
    • Variable speed compressor (single speed and two stage compressors are not eligible); and
    • An AHRI certified reference number that references the outdoor unit.
  • At least one indoor unit (head) must serve a main living area (Family room, living room, or open-concept kitchen-living room) of the premises.
  • The system must meet all of the following requirements:.
    • Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) of 16 or higher;
    • Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF Region IV) of 9.30 or higher;
    • Variable speed compressor (single speed and two stage compressors are not eligible),
    • An AHRI certified reference number that references all components of the heat pump, including outdoor unit, indoor unit(s), and air handler or furnace; and
    • Products with a maximum static pressure of less than 0.6" WC are considered mini-split or multi-split systems.

Currently heated by electricity?

Electrically heated homes aren’t eligible for this top-up, but can still get a rebate of up to $2,000 for installing a heat pump. This existing rebate has been available since 2014 and more than 10,000 customers have received it.

How to apply

  1. Review the eligibility criteria above to make sure you’re eligible.
  2. Reach out to qualified heat pump contractors – we recommend you get three quotes, and also recommend choosing a program registered contractor.
  3. Once you’ve secured your contractor, install your heat pump. Be sure to keep copies of your installation invoice and any other supporting documentation.
  4. When the upgrade is done, complete our online application. BC Hydro, CleanBC and applicable municipal rebates are all handled together; there’s no separate application for the fuel-switching top-ups. The top-ups will be added to your rebate amount.
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*Canada Greener Homes is a separate program with its own application process and eligibility criteria. If all criteria are met, it can be combined with BC Hydro, Clean BC and municipal rebates. View full details

A program registered contractor can help you understand the best options for your heat pump installation. Start early, as it may take some time to connect with a contractor due to the growing popularity of heat pumps.

If you’re hoping to get the federal Canada Greener Homes Grant as well, you’ll also want to register for their program at this time.

The program requires a pre-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation, which needs to be completed before proceeding with your installation, and would be beneficial to have completed before you discuss install timing and options with your contractor.

Helping to create a cleaner B.C.

Despite having access to the cleanest energy in western North America, 54% of homes in B.C. are still primarily heated by fossil fuels, and 42% of homes use fossil fuels for water heating.

Electrification is the clear path forward to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and this rebate is one of many initiatives included in our Electrification Plan.

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