New changes in effect - April 1, 2023
Insulation upgrades must be installed by a member of the Home Performance Contractor Network (HPCN) to be eligible for insulation rebates.
The Program Registered Contractor (PRC) membership has ended on March 31, 2023. If your insulation upgrade was completed by a PRC on or before this date, you still have 6 months from the invoice date to apply for rebates.
Get up to $1,200 for new insulation in attics, exterior walls and more
Upgrading insulation will help you save at least 10% of your home's energy cost and improve your home's comfort all year. When planning an insulation upgrade, you'll need to understand R-value, which is the measure of insulation's ability to slow the transfer of heat. Rebate amounts are calculated by the amount of R-value you're adding to your home.
Insulation rebate options
|Attic insulation $0.02 x R-value added x sq ft||Maximum $900|
|Basement/crawlspace insulation $0.09 x R-value added x sq ft||Maximum $1,200|
|Exterior wall cavity insulation $0.09 x R-value added x sq ft||Maximum $1,200|
|Exterior wall sheathing insulation $0.09 x R-value added x sq ft||Maximum $1,200|
|Other insulation $0.07 x R-value added x sq ft||Maximum $1,000|
Make sure your upgrade is eligible
Once you’ve checked that your home is eligible for this program, review the following eligibility criteria for this specific rebate.
- Batt, loose fill, board and spray foam are eligible insulation types.
- Insulation added must have a minimum R-value added per location outlined below:
|Insulation location||Min. R-Value of new insulation|
|Attic – flat and cathedral ceiling||R12|
|Exterior wall cavities||R12|
|Exterior wall sheathing||R3.8|
|Other (exposed floor, floor over crawlspace, basement header)||R20|
Note: If prior insulation was removed, a minimum starting R-value will be assumed based on the age of home by the program.
- Insulation must be installed by a Home Performance Contractor Network (HPCN) member.
- Insulation must be installed in accordance with the Best Practice Guide Air Sealing and Insulation Retrofits for Single Family Homes.
- Rebates are calculated based on the R-value of new insulation added. In cases where pre-existing insulation was removed (e.g. due to pest infestation or mold), the rebate is calculated on the difference in R-value between the new and pre-existing insulation.
- Participants must resolve any pest infestations and rodent tunnels in the insulation prior to installation of new insulation. Presence of a pest infestation and/or rodent tunnels in the new insulation must be resolved to receive the rebate.
- All insulation installed must be new, in good working order, not previously installed in another home or building.
- Insulation upgrades made to a home that require installations to meet code compliance and new building construction requirements, including and not limited to renovations that require a "New Construction" or "Addition/Alteration" building permit, are not eligible.
Application deadline and required documents
You must submit your rebate application and all supporting documentation within six months of the invoice date.
The only supporting document required for our insulation rebate is the invoice. Make sure the invoice meets all the requirements, outlined in our insulation sample invoice [PDF, 113 KB].
Ways to increase your rebate amount
Federal rebates of up to $5,000 for insulation upgrades may also be available through the Canada Greener Homes Grant, which is a separate program with its own eligibility criteria and application process. If you're eligible for both, you can apply for rebates from both programs. The federal program requires registration and a home evaluation before making any upgrades.
This rebate offer is part of the home renovation rebate program, which is a partnership between the Government of B.C., BC Hydro and FortisBC to support British Columbians in making energy-efficient upgrades to their homes.