Making home heating more affordable for Atlantic Canada and other regions
GATINEAUQC, September 15, 2022 /CNW/ – Every Canadian deserves to be able to heat their homes with affordable, reliable and clean energy. Today the government of Canada follows through on its commitment to provide practical solutions to home heating affordability, particularly for Atlantic Canadians, while continuing to address climate change.
This afternoon, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honorable Steven Guilbeault; accompanied by the Minister of Natural Resources, the Honorable Jonathan Wilkinson; the Minister of Rural Economic Development, the Honorable Gudie Hutchings; and MPs from across the Atlantic, announced an important step forward. The government of Canada will invest up to $250 million over four years through the Low Carbon Economy Fund (LCEF) to make home heating more affordable for families across the country. With a focus on low-income households, this funding will help homeowners who currently use home heating oil switch to more affordable and environmentally friendly home heating sources, such as electric heat pumps. At current energy rates, switching from fuel oil to a heat pump could save homeowners thousands of dollars a year in heating bills.
About $120 million of the total funding will go to residents of the Atlantic provinces, where the use of oil for home heating is much more common. Early estimates indicate that clean energy transitions funded by this LCEF allocation could help 10,000 to 25,000 households nationwide, with more than 40% Atlantic Canada.
Household heating needs and realities differ across the country. This new investment will therefore be provided to Canadians by allocating funds to provincial and territorial governments, who can use their allocations to extend or expand current energy efficiency programs that support the transition from heating oil to cleaner systems.
Making life affordable while tackling climate change is a key government priority. By investing in Canadian families, the government puts money back in people’s pockets, keeps our air clean and grows the economy.
“By helping households switch from heating oil to more affordable and environmentally friendly sources of heating, we can help Canadians save thousands of dollars on their annual energy bills, while fighting climate change. We are committed to Atlantic Canada that we would come to the table with more help with household energy costs, and today we are delivering on that promise.”
– The Honorable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change
“Heating and cooling our homes more efficiently, with technologies like electric heat pumps, costs Canadians less and reduces pollution. We are thrilled to help Canadians do just that.
– The Honorable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources
“Our government is committed to helping Canadians deal with the effects of climate change and the rising cost of living. This new initiative will help Atlantic Canadians save on their heating costs while reducing their carbon footprint, a win for our environment and our economy. We will continue to work with provinces and territories to make life more affordable and build an economy that works for everyone. »
– The Honorable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities
“Atlantic Canadians are particularly vulnerable to global fuel price increases caused by the war in Ukraine and a global disruption of energy markets. Half of our Atlantic region households still use home heating oil, and the cost of switching to a new, energy-efficient electric heat pump can be truly daunting. This investment is crucial in helping our residents with the costs of this transition and is just one of many steps our government is taking to reduce emissions while supporting affordability. »
– Kody BloisMP for Kings–Hants and Chairman of the Atlantic Liberal Caucus
- Of the $250 million heating oil envelope, up to $118.4 million is destined to Atlantic Canada. Allocations by province will be finalized pending final confirmation with each jurisdiction.
- The Low Carbon Economy Fund is an important part of from Canada clean growth and climate action plans, in particular through the Emissions Reduction Plan, helping to put Canada on track to meet its 2030 emissions reduction target and work towards a net zero future.
- Low Carbon Economy Fund supports energy efficiency projects in provinces and territories Canadawhich saves money by reducing energy costs.
- In Atlantic Canada305,900 out of 1,022,256 households currently use fuel oil, an expensive and carbon-intensive fuel, for their home heating system.
- The programs offered by the provinces to support the transition from oil heating systems are very popular and are oversubscribed.
- Homeowners will be able to combine this funding with other programs, such as the Canada Greener Homes Grant. By taking advantage of funding programs from different levels of government, some households could see up to 100% of their eligible expenses covered, 75% of which could be covered by federal initiatives alone.
- Since its launch in 2021, the Canada Greener Homes Grant has supported 19,000 Canadians, including more than 3,400 in Atlantic Canadawith subsidies and interest-free loans for economical and energy-efficient renovations such as windows, doors, heating systems, solar installations, etc.
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