Rebate eligibility

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We're offering home renovation rebates to make it easier to make energy-efficient upgrades that will help you conserve electricity and save money. Please review our general rebate eligibility criteria to make sure your home is eligible, then check the upgrade-specific eligibility.

General eligibility

Utility account requirements

  • The home must be connected to a current residential utility account with BC Hydro, FortisBC or Pacific Northern Gas. Electrically-heated homes served by local municipal utilities, such as New Westminster, within the service territories of BC Hydro or FortisBC are also eligible.
  • The home must be heated primarily by natural gas or electricity (hard-wired electric heating systems such as electric baseboards, radiant ceiling, radiant floors, or forced-air furnace)
    • A primary heating system must have the capacity to heat a minimum of 50% of the home for the entire heating season to 21ºC. A fireplace is not eligible as a primary heating system.
  • The home must have 12 months of consecutive utility billing history for the period immediately prior to the installation of the upgrade(s).

Property type

The home must be one of the following types of residential buildings:

  • Single family home (detached).
  • Single family home (detached) with a secondary suite, both of which are individually metered.
  • Mobile home that is permanently fixed on a foundation, structurally complete with plumbing, heating, electrical, water and sewer services. Towing apparatus and axle has been removed.
  • Side-by-side or stacked duplex or side-by-side row home or townhouse, each unit with its own natural gas and/or electricity meter. Homes with utility accounts in the name of a strata corporation are not eligible.

The following types of homes are not eligible:

  • Multi-unit residential buildings such as condominiums, high-rises and apartment buildings.
  • Stacked townhomes.
  • Vacation homes or premises that are not year-round primary residences.
  • Garages, workshops, and outbuildings.
  • Upgrades installed in a newly constructed building or a new addition to an existing building. An existing space, such as a garage or solarium, being converted into a living space is considered a new addition and is therefore ineligible.

Installation requirements

  • The upgrades need to be completed by a licensed contractor with a valid B.C. business license for the relevant work, e.g. Contractor – Electrical; Contractor – Heating; Inter-municipal trades and construction business license.
  • Rebates cannot exceed the cost on the invoice and the paid cost of the upgrade.
  • Rebates can only be claimed once.
  • All equipment and products installed as part of an upgrade must be new, in good working order, not previously installed in another home or building.
  • You are responsible for safe removal, decommissioning, modification (where applicable), and disposal/recycling of old equipment in accordance with all applicable laws and ensuring the equipment is not resold or reused.

Please refer to the additional terms and conditions [PDF, 159 KB] for a complete list of requirements.

Upgrade-specific eligibility

Now that you've reviewed the general eligibility, take a look at the specific eligibility criteria for the upgrade(s) you're interested in.