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The Quebec government recently announced changes to the Rénoclimat grant program. This program, which targets energy-efficient renovations, has been modified to expand the range of work that it covers. In this article, we will present the types of projects that will benefit from this grant, the conditions to be eligible and the steps to follow to obtain the amounts in question.
It should be noted that some temporary measures have been added to the program to stimulate the construction sector during this period of crisis that we are experiencing. These measures will be specified in a section of the article.
The Rénoclimat home renovation program was introduced several years ago. It has been transformed over time to meet evolving needs. The work covered by this subsidy must be aimed at improving the energy performance of the building in question. This is why the program involves insulation, waterproofing, doors and windows and mechanical system replacements.
Here's a look at the amount of financial assistance you could get through the Rénoclimat program:
Several elements will be factored into the calculations, including the energy improvements that will be made.
|Type of work|| |
Factors taken into account in the calculation/conditions
Attic, cathedral ceiling, flat roof
|$35 to $975|| |
|Exterior wall insulation||$295 to $2,440|| |
Basement foundation wall insulation
|$165 to $1,625|| |
Insulation and sealing of the basement header joist
|Insulation of the exterior walls and header joists of the crawl space||$130 and 1,300$|| |
|100% floor insulation over crawl space||$325|| |
|Insulation of an exposed floor||$245|| |
per opening in the wall or roof
|Heat recovery fan (VRC) or energy-recovery fan (VRE)||$490|| |
|Drainage Water Heat Recovery Device||$80 to $165|| |
Installing a geothermal system
Replacing a geothermal system
|Air heat pump||$650|| |
Factors taken into account in the calculations
Achieving the rate of air change per hour, as recommended in the evaluation report.
|Over 10% of the rate of change of air per hour, as recommended in the evaluation report.||$365|
|Over 20% of the rate of change of air per hour, as recommended in the evaluation report.||$490|
Source: Transition énergétique Québec
It should be noted that if the building contains several units, the financial assistance will be higher than for single-family homes.
The previous tables will have provided you with a nice overview of the work that may benefit from this subsidy, but we will still look in more detail at the different categories of work that are part of this program.
Here are the four main classifications of energy efficiency improvement projects:
Many homes are poorly insulated, resulting in energy losses that harm the environment and hurt the wallet. Efforts to improve the insulation of a building are therefore covered by this subsidy. An expert can help you determine which insulation work will be most relevant to your home. This generally refers to roof insulation, exterior wall insulation, foundation wall insulation and floor sublayer insulation.
Openings between doors and windows are other places where energy loss can be significant. Therefore, we must make sure that the building's waterproofing is optimized. This can be done through caulking work, such as around doors, windows and any other area where cold and warm air can escape.
Doors and windows
Regarding doors and windows, the goal of the program is to encourage people to replace their old models with models that are ENERGY STAR-approved.
In this case, the aim is to make the replacement of certain systems more accessible:
It should be noted that if you plan to install a heat pump for your heating system, it might be more worthwhile for you to apply to the Chauffez vert program. Click here to learn more about this program.
Here are the projects that are not eligible for the Rénoclimat program:
Between 11 May and 31 December 2020, some temporary measures were added to the program:
To obtain the subsidy, it is important to follow the steps carefully, as the payment of financial assistance will not take place until after the work has been completed. An evaluator will be required to visit the site to inspect the results and determine whether the changes are in fact within the program's criteria.
Here are the steps you can take to get the Rénoclimat grant:
Here is the place to make an appointment for the initial evaluation: Request for an appointment for Rénoclimat (in french only).
First, to be eligible for the program, you must be the legal owner of the property (a proxy may also be accepted).
Here are the types of homes that are eligible:
To find out which types of housing are not accessible, check out the Rénoclimat Participant's Guide (in french only).
Would you like to take part in the RénoClimat program for a second or third time? This is entirely possible! You will need to do an assessment before the work, but it will be shorter than the initial visit and the evaluation rates will be reduced.
Chauffez vert- this program has also been improved recently. Its main objective is to help people replace their old heating systems with energy-efficient systems.
Novoclimat - this program is designed for the construction of new homes with high energy performance.
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