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The Residential New HomeConstruction program  provides funding for home builders and renovators to make their projects more energy efficient, right from the start.

Program Updates

1. All projects must be completed by December 31st, 2020.

2. The deadline to submit all final applications & project documentation is March 31st, 2021.

Home builders and renovators can choose to implement Prescriptive, Performance-Based or Custom measures, or a combination of all three. Home owners who are managing their own renovation, and can provide proof of purchase for any equipment that is eligible for an incentive can also apply for the three different streams in the initiative.

1. Prescriptive Incentives

Prescriptive incentives are available to home builders and renovators for a range of defined electricity-saving projects inside a home. The dollar amount attached to each measure are provided in the table below:

Prescriptive Measure Description Prescriptive Incentive
All-off switch Master switch that controls multiple electrical sockets in multiple locations in a home (hard-wired) $50
ENERGY STAR®-certified central air conditioner Minimum 15 SEER and 12.5 EER as identified by the IESO* $30
Lighting control products Hard-wired indoor and outdoor timers and motion sensors

Hard-wired dimmer switches
ENERGY STAR®-certified niche lighting ENERGY STAR®-certified recessed lighting – must have GU24 replacement

ENERGY STAR®-certified under-the-counter lighting

ENERGY STAR®-certified LED lighting


ENERGY STAR®-certified indoor light fixtures (hard-wired)

One or two sockets

Three or more sockets



Look up your AHRI reference number now. All CACs are eligible as long as they have a minimum SEER of 15 and a minimum EER of 12.5, as identified by the AHRI Certification Directory.

2. Performance-based Measure Energy-Efficiency Incentives

The performance-based incentives for new homes are as follows:

  • A new home that achieves an EnerGuide 83 or 84 performance rating is eligible for $500†
  • A new home that achieves ENERGY STAR® certification (v12.3) for energy efficiency as established by Natural Resources Canada is eligible for $500‡
  • A new home that achieves an EnerGuide 85 performance rating or better is eligible for $1,000†

† In order to qualify for the incentive, a home must have a final performance rating of 83, 84, 85 or better, as demonstrated by submitting a copy of the “EnerGuide Energy Efficiency Evaluation Report” signed by a qualified energy advisor confirming such rating along with the final application.

‡ As evidenced by submitting a copy of the ENERGY STAR® v12.3 Certified New Home Certificate signed by a qualified energy advisor.

3. Custom Measure Energy-Efficiency Incentives

This funding stream is exclusively for innovative, cost-effective, energy-efficient new building projects that do not qualify under either the prescriptive or performance-based funding streams. Incentives for custom measures are provided on a savings basis.

Incentives are the greater of $800/kW for the first-year demand savings, or $0.10/kWh for first-year energy savings. The total dollar amounts available for custom measure incentives is capped at 50 per cent of the total project cost.

Custom measures need to meet the following criteria:

  • Measures must target space heating, space cooling, building envelope or water heating end uses. Lighting and appliance projects are excluded.
  • Measures must be more efficient than the standard prescribed by the Ontario Building Code.
  • All machinery, equipment, parts, fixtures, and any other accessories or items associated with the custom measure are commercially reasonable equipment and the costs thereof are commercially reasonable.
  • Measures must have a Total Resource Cost (TRC) test score greater than 1.0, as identified by the Residential New Construction Resource Planning Tool.
  • Measures cannot be a pilot or demonstration project of unproven results. Measures must be generally commercially available.
  • Measures cannot be part of IESO's Feed-In Tariff program.
  • Measures cannot be eligible for prescriptive or performance-based incentives.

To determine if your custom measure is eligible, please contact your local hydro company.

Custom measures must be modeled using the Residential New Construction Resource Planning Tool. This exercise will provide the details to calculate the custom measure incentive.

Custom Measure Modelling Instructions

Custom measures are required to be modelled using the Residential New Construction Resource Planning Tool. This exercise will provide the details to calculate the custom measure incentive.

Instructions on how to use the Resource Planning Tool can be found here.

If you require assistance with modelling your Custom measure, please contact your local electric utility.


How Do I Qualify for Incentives?

  1. Contact our service provider, Summerhill by email at or by phone at 416-922-2448 extension 303 for the forms you will need to receive incentives. They can also help guide you on filling out the forms.
  2. Before framing or structural work begins, complete and submit the Preliminary Application Project Worksheet for approval.*
  3. After you receive approval, complete construction.
  4. Complete and submit the Final Application Project Worksheet and Terms and Conditions and submit occupancy permits and all other required supporting documents.

*Home builders and renovators must obtain approval before framing/structural work begins (excluding the pouring of foundation)