A Comprehensive Guide to Window and Door Rebates Across Canada: All You Need to Know in 2024

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Energy-efficient home upgrades continue to be the number one trend among Canadian homeowners. Not only do they contribute to a healthier environment that performs better, but they also offer substantial financial benefits through various government rebate programs.

Traditionally, windows and doors top the list of the go-to home improvements due to their high ROI, excellent energy efficiency and stunning aesthetics, making homeowners consider window and door replacement and how to save on such a major renovation project.

In this guide, we’ll discuss all the available government rebates in Canada, covering federal programs and specific local incentives in Alberta, BC, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and Manitoba, helping homeowners to maximize savings and boost home energy efficiency.

What Are Window and Door Rebates?

Understanding window and door rebates is crucial if you are on a budget but still want to improve your home’s thermal performance. Window rebates (or grants) are incentives governments and energy companies offer to motivate homeowners to upgrade to more energy-efficient options.

The core idea is simple: by replacing old, inefficient windows and doors, you lower energy consumption, which benefits your wallet and the environment, contributing to the “go green” trend.

Window and door grants can significantly offset the initial cost of your replacement project. However, to qualify, both your home and the new products you wish to install must meet specific standards, such as those set by ENERGY STAR® or similar certifications.

Moreover, the installation process plays a crucial role in eligibility. Professional installation ensures that the products perform at their best, so homeowners must choose licensed local window contractors to install the new windows to be eligible for government rebates.

Federal Window and Door Rebate Programs

Federal rebates mean that all homeowners in Canada are welcome to apply for financial support if they qualify for the program. As of today, there are 2 options available as federal programs helping homeowners with energy-efficiency upgrades:

  • Canada Greener Homes Grant. This is probably the best program in 20 years, providing homeowners with various benefits and is often called a once-in-a-generation offer by home improvement experts. This grant offers up to $5600 for replacement windows and doors: $125 per regular window, sliding or hinged door and $250 for the most energy-efficient models (all Ecoline windows qualify for maximum rebate). The program has ended in February 2024 and no longer accepts new applicants.
  • Canada Greener Homes Loan. It complements the grant by offering interest-free loans of up to $40,000 (minimum loan amount is $5000) to help cover the upfront costs of various energy-efficient retrofits, including windows and doors.

Only Energy Star-rated products are eligible to qualify for the grant & loan and should have the following specifications:

  • For minimum rebate ($125 per window or door):

U-Factor of 1.22 W/m²K or less or

Energy Rating ≥ 34

  • For maximum rebate ($250 per window or door)

U-Factor of 1.05 W/m²K or less or

Energy Rating ≥ 40

Keep in mind that the Canadian Greener Homes Grant and Loan are about to end in March 2024. The deadline to claim the $5600 rebate is approaching, and demand is skyrocketing, so hurry up to seize the final opportunity to secure your rebate spot. 

At Ecoline, we consult our clients on applying for the federal window rebate program and claiming the maximum savings, so if you need any help, give us a call.

Provincial Window and Door Rebate Programs

While federal programs are popular and offer one of the best conditions for energy-efficient upgrades, there are various local incentives issued by the local government to encourage and help homeowners complete their renovation projects.

Window and Door Rebates Alberta

A great opportunity for senior homeowners (age 65 or older) is available in Alberta with 2 government rebate programs in place:

  • Senior Home Adaptation and Repair Program (SHARP) Grant (up to $1200)

Replace up to 2 exterior doors with a rebate of $600 each. Income requirements to be eligible:

– a single senior with a total annual income of $29,630 or less

– a senior couple with a total combined annual income of $48,120 or less

  • Senior Home Adaptation and Repair Program (SHARP) Loan (up to $40,000)

You (and your spouse) must have an annual combined income of $75,000 or less and a minimum of 25 percent equity in your home. The minimum loan amount is $500, and the interest rate is 5.45%.

To be eligible, the home must be your primary residence; you will be required to show proof of residence at registration. The following rebate amounts are given per unit:

– $100 for new energy-efficient doors

– $125 per window with a U-Factor of 1.14 ≤ 1.22 W/m²K

– $150 per window with a U-Factor of 1.05 ≤ 1.13 W/m²K

Window and Door Rebates in British Columbia

Replace up to 20 windows and/or doors ($100 per unit). You must have a residential utility account with FortisBC, BC Hydro, or a municipal utility.

Your windows/doors must be installed by a licensed contractor with a GST number and a valid B.C. business license. New windows should have a U-Factor 1.22 (W/m2-K) or less.

Income Level 1. 95% of eligible upgrade costs: 

– up to a maximum of $9,500 per home, $950 per window and/or door

Income Level 2. 60% of eligible upgrade costs:

– up to a maximum of $9,500 per home, $950 per window and/or door

New windows should have a U-Factor 1.22 (W/m2-K) or less.

Read more about CleanBC Window Rebate requirements.

Window and Door Rebates in Saskatchewan

Your windows should be Energy Star-rated. Moreover, the following conditions are in place:

– a $500 administration fee is charged to participate in the program

– 5 years loan repayment – interest rate of 1.68%

– 10 years loan repayment – interest rate of 2.23%

– 20 years loan repayment – interest rate of 2.72%

– Minimum loan amount – $1000

Window and Door Rebates in Ontario

This program is a combined effort of the Canadian Greener Grant and Enbridge. Homeowners can get a rebate of $175 per regular window, sliding or hinged door and $325 for the most energy-efficient models (all Ecoline windows qualify for maximum rebate). The eligibility criteria are the same as the federal grant with one extra condition – you must be an Enbridge customer to apply.

Window and Door Rebates in Manitoba

Homeowners can claim a $50 rebate on each eligible window and door (up to 20). New units must be Energy Star-rated products and at least triple-glazed.

– Maximum loan duration is 5 years

– Interest rate – 4.8% (O.A.C.)

– The minimum amount that can be financed is $500.

Moreover, all windows and doors must be triple-pane and Energy Star-rated with a minimum Energy Rating (ER) of 34 or a maximum U-value of 1.22.

How to Claim Maximum Rebates When Replacing Windows and Doors?

At Ecoline, we’ve assisted numerous homeowners in navigating the complexities of rebate programs for windows and doors across Canada. Here are some 7 key tips to help you claim maximum rebates and save big:

  1. Understand the Requirements: Each rebate program has its own set of rules and requirements. Ensure you understand these fully before proceeding. This includes the type of products that qualify, the required energy efficiency ratings, and any necessary pre- and post-installation evaluations.
  2. Combine Rebates: As a rule of thumb, you can combine federal and provincial window and/or door rebates. A great example is BC, where you can get a $5600 federal Canadian Greener Grant rebate and $2000 BC Energy Efficiency, whopping up to $7600 savings on new windows or doors. But make sure to confirm the combinations with your local contractors.
  3. Choose the Right Products: Opt for high-quality, Energy Star-rated windows and doors that meet or exceed the required standards for the rebate programs. This ensures eligibility and increases the chance of getting a maximum rebate per window/door.
  4. Professional Installation: Many rebate programs require professional installation to ensure the products perform effectively. Hiring qualified professionals ensures eligibility for rebates and guarantees the longevity and effectiveness of your upgrades.
  5. Keep Timely Records: Maintain detailed records of your purchases and installations. This includes receipts, product specifications, and any correspondence with installers or energy advisors. Proper documentation is crucial for a smooth rebate application process.
  6. Stay Informed: Rebate programs can change, so staying updated on the latest information is vital. Regularly check official websites and contact program representatives if you have any questions.
  7. Act Quickly: Some rebate programs have limited funding and operate on a first-come, first-served basis. Once you’ve decided to proceed, act promptly to ensure you don’t miss out.

By following these tips, you can significantly increase your chances of maximizing the rebates available for your window and door upgrades, leading to substantial savings and improved home energy efficiency.

Wrapping Up

The availability of generous rebates for window and door upgrades across Canada presents a valuable opportunity for homeowners. These programs not only make energy-efficient renovations more affordable but also contribute to a greener, more sustainable future.

With the right approach and understanding of the various rebate programs, you can significantly reduce the costs associated with various home improvement projects. 

If you want to upgrade windows and doors while maximizing your savings, we are here to help. Contact Ecoline rebate experts to consult on your replacement project and help you save big!