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Government halts for green grants to retrofit homes

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guest | 01 Feb 2012, 03:15 PM Agree 0

The federal program is no longer taking applications after Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver announced on Jan. 29 that the ecoEnergy Retrofit – Homes program was done after reaching its goal of 250,000 registered homes.
By March 31 this year, all retrofit renovations will need to be complete, and grant applications will be due by June 30.
In March last year, the government extended the program by adding $400 million. Homeowners were allowed to apply for grants of up to $5,000 toward the cost of improvements such as insulation and energy efficient furnaces and air conditioners. The end of the grant was attributed to budgetary constraints.
“The decision to provide time-limited funding demonstrates prudent management by our government to ensure that we can return to balanced budgets during this time of fiscal constraint,” said Oliver, in a release.
Critics were quick to point out that the amount doled out thus far was likely far from the $400 million set aside, however. Jeff Murdock, vice-president of the Vancouver-based energy audit company, told the Vancouver Sun that the federal government capping the grants will limit them to $192 million at most, less than half the amount set aside last year. He called the decision “shocking.”
  • Condos In Arbutus | 02 Feb 2012, 01:02 AM Agree 0
    This isn't the greatest news, but not entirely surprising. When a conservative government is looking to tighten it's belt, these kinds of programs are the first to go.
  • James Murdock | 02 Feb 2012, 06:15 AM Agree 0
    <b>Federal Conservatives axe popular energy-saving program???</b> An early end to ecoENERGY grants program closed two months ahead of schedule, with an estimated less than 1/2 of the $400 Million set aside in Budget 2011 used.

    We need to Save Energy First!

    Energy efficiency should be the first item on Canada's energy agenda. Canada is about to spend billions on new oil sands projects, pipelines, nuclear and fossil-fuel power stations, hydroelectric dams, solar projects, and wind farms. But as we prepare to generate more energy, it makes sense to save energy first.

    We need to get serious about energy efficiency. The global economy is struggling and governments want to create jobs. This is a huge opportunity for Canadian governments to help Canadian families save energy. Making our homes more energy-efficient creates jobs in all communities.
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