Space heating is the largest use of energy in homes. A properly installed heat pump is two to three times more efficient than other alternatives, and can provide you with both heating and cooling for today’s hot summers. For more information, see What is a heat pump and what are its benefits?
The Home Renovation Rebate and EfficiencyBC Program is offering a rebate of up to $3,000 for switching to a central system air source heat pump.
- $1,200 if you install a Tier 1 central heat pump in your home that is heated with electricity supplied by FortisBC or convert your fossil fuel heating system (oil, propane, or natural gas) to a Tier 1 central heat pump.
- $2,000 if you install a Tier 2 central heat pump in your home that is heated with electricity supplied by FortisBC, BC Hydro, or a municipal utility provider.
- $3,000 if you convert your fossil fuel heating system (oil, propane, or natural gas) to a Tier 2 central heat pump.
- Select municipalities have Municipal Offers of up to an additional $2000 that can be accessed only when converting from fossil fuel heating (natural gas, oil, or propane) to an electric air-source heat pump.
This upgrade can count towards the Two Upgrade Bonus or the Home Energy Improvement Bonus. If you are considering a mini-split or multi-split system, see the separate incentive page on the Mini-Split or Multi-Split Air Source Heat Pump rebate. For more information on choosing the right type of heat pump for your home, see What type of heat pump should I choose?
- The invoice date for the installed heat pump must be on or after April 01, 2019.
- Your upgrades must be installed by a licensed contractor with a valid BC business license for the trade applicable to the installation work.
- You must have a residential utility account with FortisBC, BC Hydro, or a municipal utility.
- Your home must be primarily heated with:
- Natural Gas or piped-propane supplied by FortisBC
- Electricity supplied by FortisBC, BC Hydro, or a municipal utility
- Oil or propane not supplied FortisBC
- Homes primarily heated by wood or other solid fossil fuels are not eligible.
- You must live in an eligible home.
- The home must have a minimum of 12 months of consecutive utility billing history.
- The heat pump must be installed by a licensed contractor with a valid BC business license for the trade applicable to the installation work.
- The heat pump must become the primary heating system of the home.
- If you are replacing an electric heating system, your old electric system must be hard-wired (for example, baseboards or an electric furnace). Replacement of an existing heat pump is not eligible for the rebate.
- If you are replacing an oil heating system, your old oil system must be removed or decommissioned. Some exemptions may apply, see Am I eligible for a heat pump rebate if it is combined with a gas, propane, or oil furnace as backup? for more information.
- If you are replacing a propane or natural gas heating system, your old propane or natural gas system must be removed or decommissioned or be integrated into a combined furnace/heat pump system. Please see Am I eligible for a heat pump rebate if it is combined with a gas, propane, or oil furnace as backup? for more information.
- A heat load calculation is required for all heat pump installations with a natural gas or propane back-up. For more information, see this FAQ.
- Products with a maximum static pressure of less than 0.6” WC are not eligible.
- The installed system must have an AHRI certified reference number that references all components of the system and meet the following performance requirements
|Heat Pump Type||Requirements||Primary Fuel Before Upgrade||Rebate|
|Tier 1 Central||SEER >15.00
|BC Hydro Electricity||No Rebate|
|Fossil Fuel (Oil, Propane, or Natural Gas)||$1,200|
|Tier 2 Central||SEER >16.00
Variable Speed Compressor
|BC Hydro Electricity||$2,000|
|Fossil Fuel (Oil, Propane, or Natural Gas)||$3,000|
How to Apply
Have your contractor check the AHRI directory to ensure your heat pump meets these requirements.
- Carefully review the terms and conditions to confirm your eligibility.
- Purchase an eligible heat pump and have it installed by a licensed contractor..
- Once your upgrades are installed, complete the online application and upload all supporting documentation including copies of all receipts and invoices. See sample invoices. If you are converting from oil, propane, or natural gas to a heat pump, include proof of your oil, propane, or natural gas system removal, decommissioning or modification.
- The application form for individual upgrades must be submitted within 6 months of the invoice date of the upgrade.
- The application form for the Two Upgrade Bonus must be submitted within 6 months of the second bonus-eligible upgrade. You must complete your second bonus-eligible upgrade within 18 months of the invoice date of the first bonus-eligible upgrade.
- The application form for the Home Energy Improvement Bonus and EnerGuide Home Evaluation Rebate must be submitted within 6 months of the date of your post-retrofit EnerGuide home evaluation. You must complete your post-retrofit EnerGuide home evaluation within 18 months of your pre-retrofit EnerGuide home evaluation.
- Rebates are issued based on the date of the invoice.
- If you installed upgrades prior to April 01, 2019, see What if I started my renovations before the April 01 2019 Home Renovation Rebate and EfficiencyBC Program update?
- If you installed upgrades prior to September 28th, 2018, see What if I started my renovations before the launch of the new Home Renovation Rebate and EfficiencyBC program?
- See What are the heat pump requirements for the Home Renovation Rebate and EfficiencyBC Program? for more information on heat pump requirements.
- If you are planning to replace your space heating system and water heating system with a combination space & water heating system, you may be eligible for incentives—please see here for more information.
- Check out our incentive search tool for other energy efficiency upgrades rebates.
- Did you see a building science or energy efficiency term you did not understand? Check out our glossary.
- This rebate is funded, in part, by the Province of British Columbia and the Government of Canada.