June 4, 2021 Blainville, Quebec Natural Resources Canada
Quebec Lieutenant Pablo Rodriguez was in the Lower Laurentians yesterday to highlight the launch of the new Canada Greener Homes Grant. The grant will help homeowners in the area make their homes more energy-efficient and lower their energy bills. This will reduce energy waste, create good jobs and foster a green economic recovery.
Mr. Rodriguez met with the teams from Fenêtres Magistral in Blainville and Quadra Plast in Sainte-Thérèse. These two local SMEs are directly affected by the programs and will be able to create high-quality jobs in the area.
He also met in Blainville with representatives from the Association des professionnels de la construction et de l’habitation du Québec (APCHQ) and the Association de la construction du Québec (ACQ), who presented the industry’s priorities and underscored the importance of a program of this kind for our economy.
Up to 700,000 Canadian homeowners are eligible for grants of up to $5,000 to make energy-efficient upgrades to their homes and up to $600 to pay for an EnerGuide home energy evaluation, before and after retrofits. Eligible home upgrades include replacing windows and doors, adding insulation, sealing air leaks, improving heating and cooling systems (e.g., heat pumps), installing smart thermostats and solar panels.
We need even more energy advisors to undertake these EnerGuide assessments from coast to coast to coast. Last week, we announced our commitment to recruit and train up to 2,000 new energy advisors. This recruitment is focused on advancing diversity and inclusion and will create new jobs and drive economic growth that benefits everyone.
Yesterday’s announcement is one of the many steps the federal government is taking to fight climate change and protect the environment. Through Canada’s strengthened climate plan, A Healthy Environment and a Healthy Economy, we are making life more affordable for Canadians, creating good, middle-class jobs, and building a stronger and cleaner economy.