The federal government has released details of a new grant aimed at helping low- to middle-income Canadian households switch from oil to heat pumps.
The Oil to Heat Pump Affordability (OHPA) Grant provides homes with up to $5,000, depending on their household income, to cover costs including purchase and installation of a heat pump, electrical upgrades required, and safe removal of oil tanks To do.
If your household income is below the standard, you may be eligible. median household after-tax incomeif their house is oil heated and they are the main occupants and owners of the house.
This funding will provide the cost of the switch upfront, and the new grants can be combined with existing greener home grants from federal, state and territory governments and utilities.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister Sean Fraser made the announcement Monday morning in Stellarton, NS.
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“It’s no secret that affordability is a top priority for people living in our community,” he said.
“I think if you talk to someone about what their biggest problem is, they’ll say food costs are going up. Ability to survive isn’t something they take for granted.”
The government says households that switch from kerosene to heat pumps can save $1,500 to $4,700 a year in utility bills.
“Light at the end of the tunnel”
Kayla Muir is a homeowner near Stellarton with two young children. Her family is struggling with rising prices for everything from food to clothing to electricity, but one of her biggest household expenses is kerosene for heating.
She said she lived on household kerosene in a gas station jerry can last winter because she couldn’t afford to fill up her oil truck.
“Sadly, it makes us forget about other necessities,” she told them at a press conference. Money spent means less bread and milk in the kitchen.
Muir said he is grateful that the new grants will be available soon.
“This is a tough time and my family is getting through it, but today’s news really feels like the light at the end of the tunnel.
Brian Gifford, chairman of the Affordable Energy Coalition, said he heard from members of the group facing a difficult winter due to rising energy prices.
“The cost of half the Antigonish oil tank is $900, more than double what it was last year, and people can’t afford it,” he said.
According to Gifford, Halifax members on disability who live in mobile homes found their oil bills increased by $73 a month.
“She was distraught,” he said. “She doesn’t know how to deal with herself.”
Gifford said the new grant is important and one of its perks is that it provides funding upfront rather than expecting recipients to pay first and be reimbursed later. rice field.
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The OHPA program costs $250 million, with grants starting in January Canada’s Green Housing Initiative Portal.
Fraser said the new program will help Canadians save money while creating jobs and reducing pollution.
He said that after post-rainforest storm Fiona, “it’s especially important to reflect on what we’ve all experienced this fall here in Atlantic Canada.”
“We have programs to deal with these adverse weather events, but today’s programs not only help people save money, but they also reduce the potential impact of severe weather by reducing pollution in the first place. less likely than just paying after the damage is done.”
OHPA’s grant is in addition to another $250 million home heating program through the Low Carbon Economic Fund announced in September. The program aims to make home heating affordable in households nationwide, especially in Atlantic Canada, where 30% of homeowners still use heating oil to heat their homes.