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Through FortisBC and BC Hydro’s Social Housing Retrofit Support Program, charities and non-profit housing providers can receive energy study funding, implementation support funding, and incentives 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 CleanBC’s Social Housing Incentive Program. Funding is available for energy studies, implementation support, and custom energy efficiency measures.

Available Incentives

Energy Study Funding – 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.

Incentives 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 incentives and incentive amounts in detail.

Eligibility Requirements

  • You must be a registered charity that provides assistance to low-income persons, or a housing provider that is:
  • 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 incentives 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 energy@bcnpha.ca 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 energy@bcnpha.ca.

Deadlines

  • For deadline information please contact your key account manager or technical advisor.

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 incentives.
  • Did you see a building science or energy efficiency term you did not understand? Check out our glossary.
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