Clean BC Better Homes Rebate

The CleanBC Better Homes Rebate Program is a program coordinated by the Province of BC to accelerate home energy retrofits and reduce energy use by providing incentives for high efficiency heating equipment and building envelope improvements. Both BC Hydro and Fortis BC are supporting partners. To help support this effort, the City of Nanaimo is also providing top-up funding.

For more information on the CleanBC Better Homes Rebate Program, visit their link

Note the Province recently announced the doubling of CleanBC Better Homes retrofit rebates for select home-heating and energy-efficiency upgrades.

Available Rebates

Fuel Switch Heat Pump

The Fuel Switch Heat Pump rebate is for participants that switch from a fossil fuel (oil, natural gas, or propane) heating system to an electric air-source heat pump. The City of Nanaimo will top-up the rebate by $350. Participants either can install a fully electric heat pump system, or install a dual-fuel heat pump system with back up fossil fuel heating (i.e. a furnace). The City's top-up is in addition to to the heat pump rebates currently on offer through the Clean BC Better Homes Program.  


Electric Service Upgrade

The City of Nanaimo is offering a $500 top-up to the Clean BC Better Homes Program for participants upgrading their electrical service to 100, 200 or 400 amp service, and switching from a fossil fuel (oil, natural gas, or propane) space, or a water heating system to an electric air-source heat pump or heat pump water heater. This top-up offer is in addition to the heat pump and electric service upgrade rebates currently available through the CleanBC Better Homes Rebate Program.


Heat Pump Water Heater

The City of Nanaimo is offering  a $350 top-up available for participants that switch from a fossil fuel (oil, natural gas, or propane) water heating system to an electric heat pump water heater. This top-up offer is in addition to the heat pump rebates  currently available through the CleanBC Better Homes Rebate Program. 


Nanaimo Energuide Home Evaluation Top-Up

The City of Nanaimo is offering a $150 top-up for the CleanBC Better Homes and Home Renovation Rebate Program participants that complete a pre- and post-upgrade EnerGuide home evaluation. This municipal offer is in addition to the EnerGuide Home Evaluation rebate currently available through the CleanBC Better Homes and Home Renovation Rebate Program.  Limited time offer – act now, as municipal top-up rebates will be approved on a first come first serve basis. Please note: This offers applies to existing homes and not new home construction.

Home Energy Post Assessment Rebate

Homeowners can receive a rebate for completing an initial Energuide assessment through the CleanBC Better Homes Program.   Homeowners that can improve on their initial Energuide rating after completing a follow-up assessment, can receive an additional incentive, up to a maximum of $200 from the City of Nanaimo.

How to Receive Your Rebate

There are two Home Energy Assessment incentive types available to residents:



Documentation and where to apply

$150 Initial Home Energy Assessment incentive (Apply to Better Homes BC)

A $150 incentive is available to homeowners who have an initial Home Energy Assessment conducted by a certified energy advisor. For new construction, the initial assessment can be done at the building design stage. The completed application must be submitted to the City of Nanaimo within the 12 month period after the date shown on the receipt

$200 Follow-up Home Energy Assessment incentive (Apply to the City of Nanaimo)

Follow-up Assessments are eligible for $10 per point improvement in the EnerGuide rating 0-100 scale, or per 5 GJ/year reduction in the new EnerGuide rating Gigajoules per Year scale, to a maximum of $200.

  • The follow-up Home Energy Assessment report showing the new EnerGuide rating

  • The initial Home Energy Assessment (if not already submitted to the City of Nanaimo);

  • Receipt for the follow-up Home Energy Assessment    

  • Apply Online Here

Submissions can also be made by mail or in person at the Service and Resource Building:


Home Energy Assessment Rebate Program
City of Nanaimo

Engineering and Environment

411 Dunsmuir Street
Nanaimo BC  V9R 5J6



How do I find an Energy Advisor?  


Contact a licensed Service Organization who will send an Energy Advisor to conduct your home assessment. An Energuide home energy assessment typically costs $400 - $500 for an existing home and $475 - $700 for a new home, depending on size.


Book an Energuide Home Energy Assessment Now



The energy advisor will spend 2 to 3 hours during their assessment. For existing homes, they may ask about issues you may be having with your home and any renovation plans and priorities for improving your home. With this information, they will complete a comprehensive assessment of your home's insulation, heating system, air leakage and much more. For new construction, design drawings and plans can be provided to the energy advisor, who will review the designs and make recommendations on improving the energuide rating for the home.  



The energy advisor will assign an Energuide rating for your home along with recommendations for improvements that are customized to your home. Along with your Energuide rating and label, you will receive a Homeowner Information Sheet and Energy Renovation Report.


Other contacts for information:

Betterhomes BC website (rebates and incentives)

Natural Resources Canada: Energy Efficiency

Fortis BC Rebate

Fortis BC New Home Construction Rebate 

BC Hydro Rebates


Terms & Conditions

  • Incentives are available to residents working on projects in the City of Nanaimo
  • Incentives are limited and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Assessments need to be submitted no later than 4 weeks after completion.
  • Only one application per property.
  • It is the participant's responsibility to provide all receipts and reports to the City.
  • The City may verify information provided by contacting the energy advisor before issuing a rebate.
  • The City reserves the right to refuse applications that are incomplete, inaccurate, or otherwise do not the meet the programs requirements.
  • The City does not endorse any the services of any contractor, nor any specific products, and accepts no liability in the selection of materials, products, and contractor's performance or workmanship.
  • It is the participant's responsibility to meet all program requirements and comply with any laws, regulations, or bylaws regarding permits, codes, restrictions, or inspections in relation to appliances, products, or equipment installed.
  • Energy assessors must have a valid City of Nanaimo business license in order to participate. More information is available at:
  • The Home Energy Assessment Rebate Program may be amended, modified, or terminated based on funding limitations, or for any other reason, without notice.

Last updated: January 6, 2021

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