Ottawa needs 2,000 new energy auditors with $5K grants for homeowners
Toronto, May 18: The federal government intends to train additional 2,000 people to do energy audits as it tries to get a new green home renovation program off the ground while promises to provide homeowners up to $5K in grants to make upgrades that curb energy use.
In that direction, the Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan says the government will provide up to $10 million in contracts to recruit, train and mentor 2,000 energy advisers to advice people how to cut their home energy use. It issues a call for proposals yesterday to anyone wanting to take on the job of training and recruiting the new workers. Also, it will then help provide the energy audits and advice needed for the Canada Greener Homes Grant to work.
Minister O’Regan said that, “We need to train more because I think very soon we will be announcing an ambitious greener homes initiative and it is going to affect thousands of Canadians. And we know that energy advisers are going to be in demand. Recruiting up to 2,000 more of them right across the country is a very good investment for what’s coming down the pipe on the greener homes announcements.”
Because, all buildings in Canada, including homes, private businesses and public buildings, contribute almost one-fifth of the country’s total greenhouse gas emissions each year, largely from the fuels used for heating and electricity. Energy retrofits could include installing better windows, improving insulation, upgrading to a more efficient furnace or adding solar panels.
Due to that, now the government program, which was unveiled last fall, but not yet launched, is to provide up to $5,000 grants to homeowners to make upgrades that curb their energy use, but requires a registered energy adviser to do a pre-renovation assessment and then a post-renovation evaluation.
However, it’s just a fraction of the $40,000 interest-free loans for home energy retrofits Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised during the 2019 federal election. The recent federal budget promised $4.4 billion over the next five years to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, which will administer those $40,000 loans.