February 25, 2013 - Joe Oliver, minister of natural resources, has announced over 640,000 Canadian households have now received more than $934 million in grants through the ecoEnergy Retrofit—Homes program. Created in 2007, the initiative was developed to help Canadians save on home energy improvements and energy costs.
By Alyssa Dalton
“Our government has successfully exercised prudent use of taxpayers’ hard earned dollars, while encouraging Canadians to make energy efficient choices,” said Oliver.
Oliver previously announced that the renewed ecoEnergy Retrofit—Homes program had successfully reached its goal of 250,000 registered homeowners, and as planned, the program stopped accepting new registrations at that time. Overall, the equivalent of 1-in-20 Canadian households benefitted from the program, he said.
“The decision to provide time-limited funding demonstrates sensible management by our government to ensure that we can return to balanced budgets during this time of fiscal constraint,” added Oliver.
According to Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), the program has successfully helped homeowners across Canada save an average of 20% on their home energy use.