Feds terminate popular ecoENERGY Retrofit – Homes program early

Below is a press release from the coordinator of the Save ecoENERGY group that Green Venture supports. Green Venture expects to be dramatically affected by the termination of the ecoENERGY program; this will also have serious repercussions on our staff and on our efforts to reduce GHGs locally.

The energy auditing industry is an industry we will need for many years looking forward. Unfortunately, there is no plan to transition the thousands that do this work across Canada (including here in Niagara/Hamilton) into the next generation of energy conservation initiatives. Despite the numerous and well-documented economic and environmental benefits of the ecoENERGY program, our Federal government has chosen to focus on supporting new energy, rather than on energy conservation, which provides the cheapest method of addressing our energy challenges.

Pete Wobschall
Executive Director
Green Venture

Feds terminate popular ecoENERGY Retrofit – Homes program early

Harper Government invests less than half of $400 million promised in Budget 2011 – industry braces for job losses

VANCOUVER, BC — (January 30, 2012) — Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver closed the popular ecoENERGY Retrofit – Homes program to any new registrants on Sunday, January 29. The sudden closing of the program comes two months before its official end date on March 31, 2012. The government has limited participation to 250,000 registered homeowners.

Industry estimates show that by capping registration the federal government will invest at most $192 million in total ecoENERGY home retrofit grants. This investment is less than half of the $400 million the federal government committed in Budget 2011.

“With the Harper government focused on creating jobs and securing Canada’s energy future, we are surprised that Minister Oliver closed such a successful program early,” says Jeff Murdock, vice-president of Building Insight Technologies, a Vancouver-based energy audit company and Save ecoENERGY Coalition supporter. “We are shocked that the federal government is cutting back its investment in job-creating and energy saving retrofits at a time of global economic, environmental and energy uncertainty.”

Home retrofit incentive programs save energy, help families, and are proven low-tax job creation measures, generating $2 in tax revenue for every $1 invested in homeowner grants. These programs are extremely popular with Canadians. For example, according to the Ontario Real Estate Association, 92 per cent of Ontario homeowners think government should create more incentives for homeowners to make environmentally friendly and energy efficient renovations to their homes.


Contact: Jeff Murdock, vice-president, Building Insight Technologies Inc.
jmurdock@buildinginsight.com | 604-785-9109 | www.HomePerformance.com


  • In June 2011, the Harper government renewed the ecoENERGY Retrofit-Homes program with a $400 million investment in Budget 2011: The Next Phase of Canada’s Economic Action Plan — A Low-Tax Plan for Jobs and Growth.
  • Only 50-80% of the 250,000 homeowners who registered online for a CID number will go on to purchase a pre-retrofit evaluation. Projection calculations assume 80%.
  • Historically, only 80% of homeowners who purchase a pre-retrofit evaluation go on to get a post-retrofit evaluation and qualify for an ecoENERGY grant (NRCan figures).
  • Average ecoENERGY grant amount $1,200 (industry tracking).
  • 192 million = 250,000 x 0.8 x 0.8 x $1,200
  • The Save ecoENERGY Coalition formed in March, 2011. See saveecoenergy.ca

Pdf of press release: Feds terminate popular ecoENERGY retrofit program 30 JAN 2012.

One Response to Feds terminate popular ecoENERGY Retrofit – Homes program early

  • jamesM says:

    Save Energy First! Extend ecoENERGY!

    Federal Conservatives axe popular energy-saving program???
    An early end to ecoENERGY grants program closed two months ahead of schedule, with an estimated less than 1/2 of the $400 Million set aside in Budget 2011 used. We need to Save Energy First!

    Energy efficiency should be the first item on Canada’s energy agenda. Canada is about to spend billions on new oil sands projects, pipelines, nuclear and fossil-fuel power stations, hydroelectric dams, solar projects, and wind farms. But as we prepare to generate more energy, it makes sense to save energy first.

    We need to get serious about energy efficiency. The global economy is struggling and governments want to create jobs. This is a huge opportunity for Canadian governments to help Canadian families save energy. Making our homes more energy-efficient creates jobs in all communities. http://www.SaveEnergyFirs​t.ca

    The Save ecoENERGY Coalition (at http://saveecoenergy.ca/about-
    urges Canadians to send a clear message to decision makers that it’s
    time for Canada to save energy first before spending billions on more

    Canadians can send this message using the Save ecoENERGY Coalition form at: http://saveecoenergy.ca/save-energy-first

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