Canada Just Cancelled its $400-Million ecoENERGY Retrofit Program

Canada Just Cancelled its $400-Million ecoENERGY Retrofit Program

This is an update to my previous blog ecoENERGY Retrofit – Homes Grants For Homeowners Are Back!

Today the following disappointing news is provided by the Toronto Star:

  • Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver quietly announced Sunday that the Tories will no longer accept new registrants to the ecoENERGY Retrofit program. (The government was expected to close registration March 31.)
  • The Conservative government has cancelled its $400-million ecoENERGY Retrofit program ahead of schedule.
  • However, homeowners currently registered can receive post-retrofit evaluations and apply for grants until June 30, 2012; the retrofit renovations must be completed by March 31.

Please click here to read the Toronto Star’s story “Federal government pulls plug on ecoENERGY Retrofit program.”

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2 Responses to “Canada Just Cancelled its $400-Million ecoENERGY Retrofit Program”

  1. jamesM says:

    Federal Conservatives axe popular energy-saving program???
    An early end to ecoENERGY grants program closed two months ahead of schedule, with an estimated less than 1/2 of the $400 Million set aside in Budget 2011 used. We need to Save Energy First!

    Energy efficiency should be the first item on Canada’s energy agenda. Canada is about to spend billions on new oil sands projects, pipelines, nuclear and fossil-fuel power stations, hydroelectric dams, solar projects, and wind farms. But as we prepare to generate more energy, it makes sense to save energy first.

    We need to get serious about energy efficiency. The global economy is struggling and governments want to create jobs. This is a huge opportunity for Canadian governments to help Canadian families save energy. Making our homes more energy-efficient creates jobs in all communities. http://www.SaveEnergyFirst.ca

  2. editor says:

    Hi JamesM:

    Yes, I agree with you that the ecoENERGY Retrofit – Homes Grants program is a huge opportunity for Canadian governments to help Canadian families save energy, make Canadian homes more energy-efficient as well as create jobs in all communities.

    The Save ecoENERGY Coalition (at http://saveecoenergy.ca/about-us) urges Canadians to send a clear message to decision makers that it’s time for Canada to save energy first before spending billions on more energy.

    Canadians can send this message using the Save ecoENERGY Coalition form at: http://saveecoenergy.ca/save-energy-first .

    Thank you for your comment.

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