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Renovating your home: Québec’s programs and tax credits

November 9 2016 by Nathalie Champoux
What you'll learn
  • Discover what programs and grants are available to Québec homeowners to reduce their home renovation costs.
  • What are the RénoVert, RénoRégion, Rénoclimat, Chauffez vert and Éconologis programs?

Is it time to renovate your home? But wait! Before you call the container service to ditch your old heating system or windows that are constantly fogged up, it’s important to find out what the Québec Government offers homeowners in terms of programs and tax credits. With these, you can save a lot of time and money!

RénoVert

Are you looking to carry out eco-friendly renovations? This type of work includes: isolating your roof, exterior walls and foundation, sealing windows and walls, installing a green or white roof, replacing a heating, air conditioning or water heating system, and installing solar panels or residential wind turbine.

Will these renovations be made by a qualified contractor based on an agreement dated before April 1, 2017? If so, you can get a tax credit of up to $10 000; that’s 20% of the eligible expenses that exceed $2500. To qualify, you must meet all the criteria and fill out the Crédit RénoVert form when doing your income taxes.

Don’t forget: the RénoVert tax credit can be combined with the Rénoclimat program, which was established in 2007 and helps homeowners decrease their energy costs by providing financial assistance for insulation work, sealing your home and installing/replacing various mechanical systems.

RénoRégion

This program gives financial aid for owner-occupied homes. Homeowners with low-to-modest incomes that live in rural areas can benefit from a grant of up to 95% of the work to be carried out (with a maximum of $12 000). This program caters to the needs of small municipalities. Find out about how you can qualify.

Éconologis

Éconologis is not exactly a program that provides financial assistance; rather, it is an energy efficiency program for low-income households. It allows homeowners to take advantage of free, personalized advice and have electronic thermostats installed free of charge. Making your home more energy efficient can help you to substantially save on costs each year. It is definitely a program to consider!
 

Chauffez vert

Do you have a heating system or water heater in your home that uses oil? Are you thinking of replacing it with a more efficient system that pollutes less? Chauffez vert is a financial assistance program for the replacement of fossil-fueled systems with systems that use electricity or other renewable energy sources. 

Combine tax credits and grants

Remember: tax credits and grads are not mutually exclusive; you can take advantage of more than one program at a time! Be sure, however, to learn more about each program’s eligibility requirements.

For example, you can receive financial assistance from Rénoclimat for renovations that will improve your home’s energy efficiency as well as get a tax credit from RénoVert for 20% of the portion of your eligible expenses over $2500. And, if you are replacing your heading system that uses oil, you can also apply for the Chauffez vert program!

Moreover, don’t forget to talk to your mortgage broker to find out how you can finance your home renovations

Key takeaways
  • RénoVert, Rénoclimat, RénoRégion and Chauffez vert can help you save thousands of dollars on your renovation project. 
  • You can take advantage of several programs at the same time.
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