Maximum rebate amounts up to $24000 for heat pump installations

Maximum rebate amounts up to $24000 for heat pump installations

New, improved support for heat pump, energy-efficiency upgrades

The province plans to offer even more support to British Columbians needing affordable, efficient, clean-energy home upgrades, including electric heat pumps.

Part of the Province’s plan, the Better Homes Energy Savings Program will build on the success of and replace the former CleanBC Income Qualified Program, which currently offers rebates to make fuel-switching and energy-saving upgrades more affordable for low to medium-income households.

This combined federal and provincial funding will enable key program enhancements by;

  • expanding program eligibility to add middle-income households;
  • providing rebates for 100% of the cost of a new heat pump, up to a cap that varies by the type of heat pump (central, multi-split or mini-split).
  • increasing the maximum rebate amount for heat pumps from $9,500 to $16,000.
  • increasing the maximum rebate amount for electrical service upgrades needed to install a heat pump from $3,500 to $5,000.

All British Columbians who own an eligible home (or renters who have their landlord’s permission), meet income qualification requirements, and have a residential utility account with BC Hydro, FortisBC, or a municipal utility will be able to access the program.

Participants will not need to pay for their efficiency upgrades upfront. Applicants will pre-register for the program to verify their eligibility as they have in the past. Once the upgrades have been completed by a program-approved contractor, the contractor will submit the final rebate application and deduct the rebate amount from the final cost of the upgrade.

The program is income-tested with maximum rebate amounts for heat pump installations varying with household income and size, as outlined in the table below:  

Press Releases

Federal Press Release | https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/news/2024/05/expanded-heat-pump-program-helps-british-columbians-save-on-home-energy-costs.html

Provincial Press Release | https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2024EMLI0023-000739