Green Building

Oil to Heat Pump Program

This provincial program encourages homeowners to transition from oil heating to heat pumps. In addition to the $1,700 incentive on offer from this program, eligible homeowners in CVRD Electoral Areas will also receive a $400 incentive - while supplies last! This rebate is an additional incentive from the CVRD for those who complete the upgrade from oil to heat pump and are eligible for the provincial Oil to Heat Pump Incentive Program administered by City Green Solutions. To learn more about how to apply for this program (including the $400 CVRD incentive), visit

CVRD New Energy Efficient Houses Rebate Program

Starting January 1, 2018, receive 25 to 100 per cent rebate on building permit fee for achieving Step 3 or higher of the BC Energy Step Code. The BC Energy Step Code is a voluntary provincial standard that aims to create more energy efficient buildings. There are five steps for houses, and each step represents different energy efficiency requirements. Steps 1 to 3 can be achieved using construction techniques and products readily understood and available in today’s market. Homes built to Steps 4 and 5 are more ambitious.

Step Description Rebate
3 20% More Energy Efficient than BC Building Code;
Comparable to Energy Star or Built Green
4 40% More Energy Efficient than BC Building Code;
Comparable to R-2000
5 Net Zero Energy Ready 100%

The application form, along with the board policy on this rebate program available here.

Home Renovation Rebate Program

BC Hydro and FortisBC have recently announced some enhancements to their home energy rebate programs. Significant changes include a 40% increase to the incentives paid for improving insulation, and the addition of a $150 incentive for obtaining an EnerGuide Home Evaluation with a Qualified Energy Advisor.

For full program details visit:

To find an Qualified Energy Advisor, visit

These changes take effect September 1, 2016.

BC Hydro Power Smart for Low-Income Households

BC Hydro has two seperate programs to help low-income households save money on their energy costs:

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