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16 June 2016

Do you know about the Rénoclimat program?

We have recently added new content to our Frequently asked questions. Feel free to read it and learn more about this program that can help you save money! 

Rénoclimat is a government program that encourages owners to improve the energy efficiency of their homes.

  • Rénoclimat will guide you in your home renovation project. Benefit from an on-site evaluation from a Rénoclimat advisor at a reduced price. Receive personalized advice to improve the energy efficiency of your home.
  • You can be eligible for financial assistance under the Rénoclimat program if you are carrying out insulation work; carrying out work affecting your home’s air tightness; or installing or replacing mechanical systems (ventilation system, water heater, heat pump, geothermal heating system).
  • What is more, your renovations will help you reduce your energy consumption in the long term while improving the comfort level of your home.

Question: If I participate in the Rénoclimat program, is there a time limit to carry out the work?

Rénoclimat does not set a time limit to undertake your renovations. However, the guidelines of the current Rénoclimat program are in effect until March 31, 2017. To receive the financial assistance to which you are entitled, you must have carried out all the phases (including the post-work evaluation) BEFORE this date.

It is not mandatory to carry out all the work recommended in the report produced by the advisor in order to receive financial assistance. Therefore, if you believe that you will not be able to undertake all your renovations by March 31, 2017, you can have your post-work evaluation conducted before this deadline and claim the amount of financial assistance related to the portion of the work that is completed.

Question: Why is the replacement of doors and windows not eligible under the Rénoclimat program?

Some work, such as the replacement of windows, is not eligible for financial assistance under the Rénoclimat program. Rénoclimat rather targets other renovations that help improve the energy efficiency of your home more significantly.

Carried out in a proper manner, the replacement of windows, doors and sky lights can help reduce air leaks. However, there are ways to improve their airtightness without necessarily replacing them. In a home with a low energy efficiency rating, there are often other sources of heat loss that are easier to correct; watch our video about air leaks to learn more about this: « Faites la chasse aux fuites d'air ».

When the Rénoclimat advisor visits your home, you will receive advice and a detailed report of the most pertinent improvements to make in your home.

Question: Does the work have to be performed by a contractor in order to be eligible to participate in the Rénoclimat program?

The Rénoclimat program does not require the work to be carried out by a contractor. However, some work is regulated by code and must be given to a qualified professional, such as plumbing and electricity work.

Please note that if you would like to benefit from the RénoVert tax credit, you must do business with a contractor.

If you would like to hire a contractor for your renovations, please consult some of our tips in the section devoted to General Questions (How to choose a contractor to carry out renovations?)

Question: Can I combine the Rénoclimat financial assistance or the Heating with Green Power program with the RénoVert tax credit?

Yes, some of your environmentally responsible renovations can be eligible under the RénoVert tax credit in addition to the Rénoclimat financial assistance and Heating with Green Power programs.

However, the eligible work and participation guidelines are not the same. Be sure to be adequately informed about the requirements of the program and of the tax credit before starting your renovations.



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