Canada  Invests in Net-Zero Retrofit Program for Homeowners

News release

September 4, 2018 - Bridgewater, Nova Scotia - Natural Resources Canada

Energy efficiency is hard to see, but we feel its benefits in our homes, neighbourhoods, environment, economy and wallets. A clean energy future includes federal investments in innovation to drive economic growth, reduce environmental impact and create new, middle-class jobs for Canadians.

Today, Bernadette Jordan, Member of Parliament for South Shore–St. Margarets, on behalf of Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, announced a $374,830 investment to help homeowners bring their home energy use to the net-zero level. 

In collaboration with the Clean Foundation — and partially funded through Natural Resources Canada’s Energy Efficiency Program — the Clean Net Zero Program aims to help homeowners complete deep energy retrofits with the goal of upgrading their homes to produce as much energy as they consume on an annual basis. 

The Clean Net Zero Program also aims to address barriers, such as costs, that homeowners experience while retrofitting their homes. In fact, the Town of Bridgewater and LaHave River Credit Union are offering financing options to those who quality. 

The Clean Net Zero Program is helping residents in Bridgewater and Lunenburg make their homes more comfortable and more cost-effective to maintain and is helping set an example in home energy efficiency for communities across Nova Scotia. As part of the program’s enlistment process, homeowners receive home evaluations based on Natural Resources Canada’s EnerGuide tool to identify upgrades that can improve energy efficiency. 

Through Canada’s national energy dialogue, Generation Energy, Canadians made it clear that reliable, affordable clean energy solutions are not a luxury but a necessity for Canada’s low-carbon future. We will continue to support clean energy initiatives that create jobs, support investment and industry competitiveness, advance our clean future and help realize our global climate change goals.


“Energy efficiency is one of the quickest and cleanest ways Canadians can join the global low-carbon movement. The benefits of an energy-efficient home go beyond consuming less energy and include lowered energy bills and improved comfort. The most important gains will come from the creation of good, middle-class jobs and from the reduction of harmful greenhouse gas emissions, reaffirming that economic growth and the environment go hand in hand.” 

Bernadette Jordan
Member of Parliament for South Shore–St. Margarets 

“The support of Natural Resources Canada will allow us not only to help homeowners bring their home energy use to net zero but also build the capacity of Nova Scotian contractors, tradespeople and certified energy advisors who will support net-zero building projects as the province moves toward a lower-carbon economy.” 

Scott Skinner
Executive Director of Clean Foundation

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Emerson Vandenberg
Acting Press Secretary 
Office of the Minister of Natural Resources

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