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Canadian government announces rebate program for purchasing energy-efficient products

The Government of Canada is investing in climate solutions that help Canadians reduce emissions and save money all while creating good middle-class jobs. Canadians see the impacts of climate change every day, and the Government of Canada is helping them do their part to take action.

Ontario families or businesses looking to install electric-vehicle chargers or purchase new energy-efficient appliances—like washers, dryers, dishwashers, and refrigerators—can save up to $500 per item and up to $1,000 on water heaters and heat pumps, through this initiative. Retailers include RONA, Lowe's, Canadian Tire, Best Buy Canada, Tepperman's, and scores of others, big and small, in communities across the province.

Ontario residents can take advantage of this program, in-store or online, through any eligible retailer, available here: Energy Savings Rebate program (please check back regularly as more will be added).

Participating retailers will use the money to give Ontarians point-of-sale rebates on the following eligible products:

-->Electric-vehicle home charger
-->ENERGY STAR certified washer
-->ENERGY STAR certified dryer
-->ENERGY STAR certified washer/dryer combo
-->ENERGY STAR certified dishwasher
-->ENERGY STAR certified tankless condensing water heater
-->ENERGY STAR certified air purifier/room air cleaner
-->ENERGY STAR certified smart thermostat
-->ENERGY STAR certified ductless mini-split indoor unit (air-source heat pump)
-->ENERGY STAR certified room air conditioner
-->ENERGY STAR certified ceiling fan
-->ENERGY STAR certified dehumidifier
--> Tier 3 certified refrigerator and/or refrigerator freezer
-->Induction stove top

The Energy Savings Rebate program is funded from a portion of Ontario's Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund allocation. The Government of Canada is reinvesting Ontario's allocation in programs that encourage energy efficiency, fight climate change, and leave Ontarians with more money in their pockets..

Of the $200 million invested in this program, $150 million will flow through retailers with five or more locations, and $50 million will flow through retailers with one to four locations, making sure businesses of all sizes in as many communities as possible are able to help Ontarians save money and support their communities in becoming more energy efficient. Retailers are providing rebates to customers when they purchase eligible products. These retailers then seek reimbursement from the Government of Canada for the rebates provided to customers.

Funding is still available for smaller retailers—with one to four locations in Ontario. They have until March 31, 2020, to apply to be part of the program, on a first-come-first-serve basis. Details on how to apply can be found here: Energy Savings Rebate program.

Quick facts

-->All of the money invested by the federal government will be used to provide Ontarians with point-of-sale rebates: Retailers are not compensated for administering the program.
-->A full list of eligible products can be found here: Energy Savings Rebate program
-->Through the Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund, a total of $1.4 billion was allocated to provinces and territories that signed on to the Pan-Canadian Framework. Through the Fund, the federal government has helped provinces and territories support programs that have planted trees, improved energy efficiency to help families save money, enabled public housing reduce energy waste, and helped community centres get off fossil fuels.
-->According to Clean Energy Canada, the energy-efficiency measures in Canada's climate plan will help improve Canada's economy and environment—between now and 2030—by creating 118,000 new jobs, boosting our GDP by $356 billion, and saving Canadian households an average of $114 a year.
Date: 29.08.2019