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What is heat pump?

Heat pumps provide efficient heating by extracting heat from outside air, the ground, or a water body, and redistributing it. They also provide cooling in summer by removing heat from indoor air.  Greensaver has installed lots of heat pumps across Ontario for the Affordability Fund Trust Program. 

Furnaces and boilers are not eligible under the Canada Greener Homes Grant Initiative, except for homeowners living in northern and off-grid communities.

Canada’s cold climate means that space heating accounts for over 60% of the energy used in the average Canadian home. Make the switch to more energy-efficient heating equipment such as a heat pump to save energy and possibly reduce your utility bills and carbon footprint. Keep in mind that the cost of energy to operate a product over its lifetime is just as important as its purchase price. Learn more about energy-efficient heating equipment.

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A heat pump is a device that is using the energy in the environment, such as air or ground, and transfers it to be used for heating or cooling purposes. Thermal energy naturally flows from places with higher temperature to locations with lower temperatures (e.g., in the winter, heat from inside the building is lost to the outside and in the summer heat from the outside flows into the interior of the building). It offers a higher energy efficiency, potentially saving on energy costs and reducing your carbon footprint. Learn more about heat pumps

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Ground source heat pumps

Two grants are available for ground source heat pump systems : 1) the installation of a full system or 2) the replacement of the heat pump unit.

EquipmentEnergy efficiency performance criteria Grant amount
Install a ground source heat pump—full system– The system capacity must be ≤ 40 kW.
Open systems
– Heating COPh  ≥ 3.6 with 10°C entering water
– Cooling COPc ≥ 4.75 with 15°C entering water
Closed loop systems         
– Heating COPh ≥ 3.1 with 0°C entering water
– Cooling COPc ≥ 3.93 with 25°C entering water
$5,000
Replace a ground source heat pump—heat pump unit only– The system capacity must be ≤ 40 kW.
Open systems
– Heating  COPh ≥ 3.6 with 10°C entering water
– Cooling COPc ≥ 4.75 with 15°C entering water
Closed loop systems
– Heating COPh ≥ 3.1 with 0°C entering water      
– Cooling COPc ≥ 3.93 with 25°C entering water
$3,000

Eligibility criteria for reimbursement:

  • Installation: Your ground source heat pump unit must be installed by a licensed and trained professional. Before accepting the quote from a licensed professional, it is highly recommended that you obtain proof of their licence to install equipment in your province or territory (PDF, 120 KB).
  • Attestation: It is highly recommended that you ask the licensed and trained professional to sign an attestation form confirming that the installation has been completed according to the CSA standard—ANSI/CSA/IGSHPA C448 SERIES (latest version), “Design and installation of ground source heat pump systems for commercial and residential buildings.” Download the attestation form (PDF, 120 KB).
  • Eligible product list: Your new ground source heat pump must be on the list of eligible products. Direct expansion (DX), water-to-water, and brine-to-water systems are not eligible.
  • Purchase location: All ground source heat pump equipment must be purchased in Canada. Online purchases are only eligible if they are ordered from a distributor located in Canada.
  • Performance criteria (see the table below)

Air source heat pumps and cold climate air source heat pumps

For air source heat pumps and cold climate air source heat pumps, there are three levels of grants depending on the equipment installed. Learn more about heat pumps.

Heat pumps for which a grant is provided can be a first-time installation of a heat pump system or a replacement of an existing heat pump system. The heat pump system can work as a standalone system or in conjunction with an existing backup heating system. Note that the backup system is not eligible for the grant; only the heat pump system would receive the grant.

Eligibility criteria for reimbursement:

  • Installation: Your air source heat pump or cold climate air source heat pump must be installed by a licensed and trained professional. Before accepting the quote from a licensed professional, it is highly recommended that you obtain proof of their licence to install equipment in your province or territory (PDF, 120 KB)
  • Attestations: The Canada Greener Homes Grant initiative requires that the heat pump system be capable of distributing heat throughout the entire conditioned space in the house, including the basement. It is highly recommended that you ask the mechanical system contractor to sign an attestation form confirming that the air source heat pump or cold climate air source heat pump is capable of distributing heat throughout the entire house (PDF, 118 KB)
  • Eligible product lists: Your new heat pump must be on the list of eligible products. If you live in Quebec or Nova Scotia, please use this link instead. All components of a heat pump system (indoor and outdoor units, and furnace or air handling unit) must be compatible and listed together as an eligible product. Use the AHRI number and make and model of the indoor and outdoor units provided by the mechanical system contractor to confirm that your heat pump is included on the list.
  • Purchase location: All equipment must be purchased in Canada. Online purchases are only eligible if they are ordered from a distributor located in Canada.
  • Performance criteria (see the table below
EquipmentEnergy efficiency performance criteriaGrant amount
ENERGY STAR certified air source heat pump (ASHP)
(other than cold climate air source heat pumps)

Mini- or multi-split ducted or ductless system with two warm air supply outlets or indoor heads.

This grant is not available for Quebec or Nova Scotia residents.
The newly installed system must meet the following criteria:

– minimum total rated heating capacity at 8.3 °C of 3.52 kW (12,000 Btu/h)
– HSPF (AHRI Climate Region Zone IV) ≥ 10
$2,500

Cold climate air source heat pumps (ccASHP)

Mini- or multi-split ducted or ductless system with two warm air supply outlets or indoor heads.
The newly installed system must meet the following criteria:

– minimum total rated heating capacity at 8.3 °C of 3.52 kW (12,000 Btu/h)
– HSPF (AHRI Climate Region Zone IV) ≥ 10
– compressor must be of variable capacity with three or more distinct operating speeds, or continuously variable speed
– COP ≥ 1.8 at -15 °C (5 °F) (at maximum capacity operation);
– Capacity maintenance (Max -15 °C (5 °F)/Rated 8.3 °C (47 °F)) ≥ 70%
$2,500

ENERGY STAR certified air source heat pump (ASHP)

Central ducted system
OR
Mini- or multi-split ducted or ductless system with three or more warm air supply outlets or indoor heads.

This grant is not available for Quebec or Nova Scotia residents.
The newly installed system must meet the following criteria:

– minimum total rated heating capacity at 8.3 °C of 3.52 kW (12,000 Btu/h)
– HSPF (AHRI Climate Region Zone IV) ≥ 10

Note: For central ducted and hybrid systems, the furnace or air handler must always be the specified matching unit.
$4,000

Cold climate air source heat pumps (ccASHP)

Central ducted system
OR
Mini- or multi-split ducted or ductless system with three or more warm air supply outlets or indoor heads.
The newly installed system must meet the following criteria:

– compressor must be of variable capacity with three or more distinct operating speeds, or continuously variable speed
– minimum total rated heating capacity at 8.3 °C of 3.52 kW (12,000 Btu/h)
– HSPF (AHRI Climate Region Zone IV) ≥ 10
– COP ≥ 1.8 at -15 °C (5 °F) (at maximum capacity operation);
– Capacity maintenance (Max -15 °C (5 °F)/Rated 8.3 °C (47 °F)) ≥ 70%

Note: For central ducted and hybrid systems, the furnace or air handler must always be the specified matching unit.
$5,000

Note: The Canada Greener Homes Grant initiative requires that the heat pump system be capable of distribut ing heat throughout the entire conditioned space in the house, including the basement (for basements where the distance from the top of the floor slab to the bottom of the ceiling joist is 1.8 m or higher). This applies regardless of whether the heat pump system is a central ducted, mini- or multi-split ducted or ductless system. The mechanical system contractor is responsible for specifying (including load calculations, sizing and selection) and installing the new heat pump system to meet this requirement.

The heat pump system is not typically sized to deliver 100% of the peak heating load as this could lead to an oversized system that frequently cycles on/off. Mechanical system contractors should design a system that optimizes the energy savings for a house and increases the comfort of occupants. Based on the house-as-a-system, the design should account for the anticipated heat requirements based on other planned energy efficiency upgrades to the building envelope (such as the installation of insulation, the replacement of windows or air sealing) in order to avoid oversizing the unit. While heat pump systems can also provide air conditioning in the summer, air conditioning considerations are secondary in the sizing of system design. It is recommended that the toolkit for air source heat pump sizing and selection be used by the mechanical system contractor to determine the optimal sizing needs.

A new heat pump system can be integrated into an existing heat pump system. However, only the new system is eligible for a grant, provided that it meets all eligibility requirements, and the new and existing systems together distribute heat throughout the entire conditioned space in the home, including the basement when applicable as defined above.

Heat pump water heaters

Water heating accounts for over 20% of the energy used in the average Canadian home. Learn more about making the switch to a more energy-efficient water heater to save money on your energy bill and reduce your carbon footprint.

Eligibility criteria for reimbursement:

  • Installation: Your new heat pump water heater must be installed by a licensed and trained professional. Before accepting the quote from a licensed professional, it is highly recommended that you obtain proof of their licence to install equipment in your province or territory (PDF, 120 KB).
  • Eligible product list: Your new heat pump water heater must be on the list of eligible products.
  • Purchase location: All heat pump water heater equipment must be purchased in Canada. Online purchases are only eligible if they are ordered from a distributor located in Canada.
  • Performance criteria (see the table below)
Option: Eligibility efficiency performance criteriaGrant amount
Replace your domestic water heater with an ENERGY STAR certified domestic heat pump water heater (HPWHIf the capacity is ≤ 55 gal
EF ≥ 2.00 with FHR ≥ 50 gallons per hour or
UEF ≥ 2.00 with FHR ≥ 45 gallons per hour

If the capacity is > 55 gal
EF ≥ 2.20 with FHR ≥ 50 gallons per hour or
UEF ≥ 2.20 with FHR ≥ 45 gallons per hour
$1,000
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