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Through FortisBC and BC Hydro’s Social Housing Retrofit Support Program, non-profit housing providers can receive energy study funding, implementation support funding, and rebates on a variety of high-efficiency natural gas and electric upgrades for your renovation projects.

Additional incentives are available for non-profit housing providers through EfficiencyBC’s Social Housing Incentive Program. Funding is available for energy studies, implementation support, and custom energy efficiency measures.

Available Incentives

Energy Study Funding – FortisBC offers up to $5,000 for the completion of an energy study.

Implementation Support Funding – up to $7,000 is offered for implementation support, such as project management, project specification, engaging contractors and preparing required documentation and invoices for submission.

Rebates for Energy Conservation Measures – you can access a variety of natural gas and/ or electric energy conservation measures.

Visit the program’s website to see all rebates and rebate amounts in detail.

Eligibility Requirements

  • You must be a registered charity that provides assistance to low-income persons, or a housing provider that is:
    • A local government
    • A housing society registered under the Society Act
    • A housing co-operative housing registered under the Cooperative Association Act
    • A governing body of an Indigenous bands
  • You must be a commercial customer of FortisBC (natural gas or electricity) and/ or BC Hydro, or a municipal utility*.
  • The building where energy efficiency upgrades will be implemented must be an existing multi-unit residential building with a minimum of nine units. Spaces being retrofitted should be common areas. Recreational spaces can qualify.
  • Participants must be approved before accessing funding and rebates through this program.

*Natural gas customers include those with FortisBC piped propane service. Municipal electric utilities include New Westminster, Grand Forks, Penticton, Summerland, and Nelson Hydro.

How to Apply

  1. Carefully review the terms and conditions to confirm your eligibility.
  2. Contact your FortisBC key account manager or email conservationassistance@fortisbc.com to request an application.
  3. If your project involves measures for electricity only and your building is in BC Hydro’s service area (including New Westminster), contact your key account manager at BC Hydro or email incentives@bchydro.com.

Deadlines

  • The energy efficiency upgrades must be approved by the utility and installed, and operational within 12 months of receiving the capital incentive approval.
  • If an energy study is conducted, the study must be submitted to the utilities within 90 days of the date of issuance of the Program Approval Notification by the utility.

Other

  • Check out the Energy Conservation Assistance Program that can help income-qualified residents save energy with a free home energy evaluation, installation of energy-saving products and advice.
  • 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.
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