Heritage Energy Retrofit Grant

Grants to assist with improving energy efficiency

The Heritage Energy Retrofit Grant is designed to assist with energy retrofits and water efficiency measures that will improve comfort, reduce energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, water use, and running costs in ways compatible with the conservation of heritage fabric and character elements.

Eligibility Requirements

Houses must be in Vancouver and either built before 1940 or on the Vancouver Heritage Register. Only houses with oil or gas heating are eligible as these offer the highest greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction opportunities. Please note the grant is for new retrofits only and we are not able to provide funds retroactively for already completed projects.


Terms & Conditions

The Heritage Energy Retrofit Grant is designed to support retrofits that deliver measurable reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and provide guidance for navigating FortisBC and BC Hydro’s Home Renovation Rebate Program (originally the Home Energy Rebate Offer) and the Municipal Partner Offer launched jointly with the City of Vancouver in September 2016. A maximum of $3,000 is available per home towards qualifying retrofits; or a maximum of $6,000 per home if fuel switching from gas or oil to an electric air source heat pump, including other retrofits.

Grant Funding is Available for:

  • Pre- and post-retrofit evaluations, the program’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Opportunities Report and Natural Resources Canada’s EnerGuide Report.
  • GHG reduction retrofits not covered by the utilities (high efficiency forms of heating & hot water, insulation and draft proofing)
  • Fuel switching from gas or oil to an electric air-source heat pump
  • Wooden storm windows (when at least one other qualifying retrofit is undertaken)*
  • Water efficiency measures (high efficiency toilets, aerators & shower heads – toilets must accompany at least one other retrofit)
  • Rental dwellings may now participate in the program

*Construction requirements are based on Province of British Columbia guidelines for traditional wood storm windows, and are specific to double hung wood windows. Non-wood storm units are not supported by this grant for traditional double-hung wood windows. If your home has different original windows such as 1930’s metal casement windows, please contact VHF to discuss heritage appropriate storm window alternatives. View full requirements for wood storm windows here.

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Application & Deadlines

Applicants may apply at any time, but have one year from the time of applying to complete the program so are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Participants can be accepted into the program until October 31, 2018, subject to available funding.

Download an Application Form


About the program

VHF launched the Heritage Energy Retrofit Grant program in the summer of 2015 in partnership with the City of Vancouver’s Sustainability Group. In 2016 the City’s Water Engineering Department joined the program, and the City has committed to providing funding for the program from November 2016 to November 2018. Our aim is to encourage retrofit of Vancouver’s older homes to reduce energy and water consumption, and greenhouse gas emissions.

Vancouver Heritage Foundation worked with the City of Vancouver’s Sustainability Group, Heritage Conservation Program and Water Engineering Department to create this tool to help older houses with energy improvements. It supports efforts to see retention of heritage and character homes, while also contributing to the City’s goal to be the Greenest City.

VHF is pleased to acknowledge the participation of City Green Solutions in the development of the Heritage Energy Retrofit Grant program and for providing the certified Energy Advisors who conduct the program’s energy and water evaluations on program participant homes. City Green Solutions provide each participant home with an EnerGuide Renovation Upgrade Report, and the program’s GHG Reduction Opportunities Report that offers specific recommendations for suitable retrofits for the home. Onsite and telephone coaching and support is available throughout the program if you have any questions during your retrofit projects.

Read how the Heritage Energy Retrofit Grant assisted one family in reducing annual GHG emissions by over 4 tonnes!