Rebates & Resources

Check out some of the home energy efficiency and electric vehicle incentives that can support you to take action on climate change.

Heat Pump Incentives

Keep your home cozy in the winter and cool in the summer with a climate-friendly heat pump! There is currently up to $14,500 available in rebates offered by the City of Victoria, the CleanBC Better Homes Program, BC Hydro, and the Canada Greener Homes Grant when you upgrade your oil or natural gas fossil fuel heating system to an electric heat pump. Heat pumps run on renewable electricity to deliver heating, cooling, air filtration, and dehumidification safely and conveniently. For more information and to apply for rebates, please visit  CleanBC Better Homes.

Current heat pump rebates include:

Act now as City of Victoria municipal top-up rebates will be approved on a first-come, first-served basis. Municipal funding is subject to availability and top-up rebates are not guaranteed.

Instead of creating heat like a traditional furnace, air source heat pumps take heat from the air. In summer, the heat pump works like an air conditioner, removing heat and humidity from your home and pumping it outside.

                      

In the winter, a heat pump reverses the process, absorbing heat from the outside air and transferring it inside. Even on the coldest days in Victoria, heat pumps can efficiently absorb heat from the outside air. 

Solar Rooftop Tool 

Ever wonder what the solar potential of your home or business is? The new Solar Rooftop Tool, which was developed with support from the University of British Columbia, the University of Victoria, and others, can be used to determine the amount of sunshine that almost any building in Victoria receives over the course of a year.

This tool provides information on potential solar power generation for specific rooftops throughout the city, an estimate of how much a photovoltaic (PV) energy system (or solar array) would cost, and available rebates. Make sure to check out the Resources and FAQ sections in the menu to learn more. Installing solar panels on your home or business’ rooftop is another way that you can help make buildings in Victoria climate-friendly.  

    

Electric Vehicle Charger Rebates

Multi-Unit Residential Buildings

The City of Victoria is providing top-ups for the Electric Vehicle Charging Station rebates offered by the Provincial Government for Multi-Unit Residential Buildings (MURBs). To check out the top-up rebates offered by Victoria, please see BC Hydro's Local Charger Rebate Top-Ups page.

Building owners and managers of  MURBs can apply for rebates for EV charging stations through the CleanBC Go Electric EV Charger Rebate Program. Learn more about EV charger rebates and how to apply at B.C.'s EV charger rebate program | Electric Vehicles | BC Hydro

If you live in a condominium or apartment and would like support for EV charging from your strata council, Plug In BC and Emotive have a number of resources available to help.

Do you have questions about how to install and manage EV chargers and systems in your strata/apartment building? Check out the Vancouver Island Strata Owners Association's page on Electric Vehicle Charging for Stratas to learn more. 

Bring it Home 4 the Climate

Bring It Home 4 the Climate was created to engage and support homeowners and organizations who are interested in reducing the energy consumption and carbon footprint of their homes.

Bring It Home 4 the Climate helps homeowners take the first step by providing support such as free energy coaching, free virtual home energy check-ups, free DIY energy-efficiency materials, access to the EnerGuide Home Evaluation Subsidy, and retrofit resources. 

Information on Bring It Home 4 the Climate, including access to support services and resources can be found at BringItHome4Climate.ca. 

Climate-Friendly Rebates and Resources for Businesses

  1. EV Charger Rebates for Workplaces

    Workplaces with more than five employees can apply for rebates to cover the cost of installing EV chargers for employee parking. Workplaces looking to install EV chargers can get up to five hours of free advice and planning assistance from an expert in EV charging and equipment. Check out the EV charger rebate program for workplaces to learn more.

  2. Participate in Building Benchmark BC

    Building owners, sign up to participate in Building Benchmark BC! The City of Victoria is supporting this pilot program for energy benchmarking and disclosure designed to help you in reducing energy and emissions in your buildings. Energy benchmarking is the process of tracking and recording a building’s energy performance over time. It is based on the principle that building energy consumption must be measured before it can be managed. At the building scale, performance data can help owners and managers to identify opportunities for operational efficiency improvements and retrofit projects.

  3. CleanBC Rebates for Commercial Building Retrofits

    The CleanBC Commercial Express Program provides support to building owners and operators who want to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in their existing commercial buildings. The Program facilitates simpler, smaller electrification opportunities across the commercial and institutional building sector.

  4. Participate in the 2030 Greater Victoria Resilient District

    2030 Greater Victoria Resilient District is a new initiative led by BOMA BC, the City of Victoria, and the District of Saanich. The District forms a unique public/private partnership between the two municipalities and owners and managers of commercial buildings within their boundaries, to achieve aggressive energy and emissions reduction targets, while also enhancing their buildings’ resilience. The program is part of the wider, North America-wide 2030 District network.

    Participating buildings voluntarily commit to reduce their buildings’ energy and emissions by 50% by 2030 from 2007 baseline levels. To achieve these reductions, the District will catalyze a critical mass amongst the building owners and managers to investigate best practices and to implement pathways to better financing, design, policy, and procurement decisions.

    To join the 2030 Greater Victoria Resilient District or to learn more about its benefits, contact sustainability@victoria.ca.