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Home Renovation Tax Credit — BC

BC homeowners can get up to $1,350 in tax credits from the Canadian government for home renovations made between January 27, 2009 and February 1, 2010.

In February, 2009, the Canadian government included the Home Renovation Tax Credit (HRTC) as part of its Economic Action Plan.

The HRTC allows BC families to claim 15 per cent of home improvement expenses, between $1,000 and $10,000, on their 2009 income tax return. This gives BC families up to $1,350 in nonrefundable tax credits, which reduce the total amount of income tax they must pay.

2009 income tax return

The Canadian home renovation tax credit applies for 2009 income tax returns only. A line on the 2009 income tax return form will allow BC homeowners to enter the home improvement expenses they are claiming towards the credit. All home improvement expenses must be supported by valid receipts and documentation.

Home Renovation Tax Credit — how it works

Qualify for a Canadian government tax credit for home improvements in BC.

Home improvements — BC

The Home Renovation Tax Credit applies to BC home improvements that will become a permanent part of the home or its property. These BC home improvements include structural improvements such as home additions and interior renovations, and property improvements, such as garages, driveways and landscaping. All energy-saving renovations, including new furnaces, air conditioners and insulation, are eligible for the home renovation tax credit in BC.

Examples of eligible renovations

See complete list of eligible and ineligible expenses for Home Renovation Tax Credit.

Home Renovation Tax Credit — BC benefits

Under the Canadian Home Renovation Tax Credit, BC families can reduce their taxes and make lasting improvements to their homes. The tax credit can be used for renovations to any property used by the taxpayer as a permanent or temporary residence, including homes, cottages and mobile homes.

It may be claimed by an individual, or by either spouse or partner in a common-law partnership. If more than one family owns an eligible residence (for example, a shared vacation home), each family can claim up to $10,000 in eligible renovation expenses.

The Canadian government estimates more than 4.6 million families in Canada will benefit from the tax credit. It also says the HRTC will help Canada’s economy, because the HRTC encourages homeowners to purchase home renovation products and services provided by Canadians and Canadian companies.

Eligible renovation expenses:

Energy-saving renovations — BC

Energy-saving renovations can permanently reduce a BC home’s energy use, saving as much as 50 per cent or more on home energy costs each year. By making energy-saving renovations in 2009, BC homeowners will receive maximum benefits for their renovations.

All energy-saving upgrades, renovations and retrofits are permanent improvements to a BC home, and qualify as expenses under the Home Renovation Tax Credit. BC homeowners can claim up to $10,000 in renovation expenses, including costs of energy-saving upgrades.

Energy-saving renovations eligible for HRTC

Grants and rebates — BC

But there’s more. Under the ecoENERGY Retrofit-Homes initiative, the Government of Canada is giving BC homeowners tax-free grants and rebates for making energy-saving renovations, such as installing new high-efficiency furnaces and central air conditioners, insulation, windows, hot water heaters and even low-flush toilets. More BC grants, discounts incentives amd rebates for energy-saving renovations are available from Solar BC, local governments and energy utilities to eligible homeowners. The amount of money BC homeowners receive through government grants and rebates does not reduce or otherwise affect the amount of money they can claim for the Home Renovation Tax Credit.

That means if a BC homeowner spends $10,000 on energy-saving renovations, they will be eligible for $1,350 in tax relief. Depending on the renovations and their eligibility, they could receive up to $10,000 in combined tax-free grants and rebates from Canadian and BC governments. That’s a total savings of $11,350, which could help significantly offset the initial cost of the renovations in BC.

Grants for energy-saving renovations — BC

These renovations are just some of the eligible expenses under the HRTC guidelines, and are eligible for grants and rebates from the Canadian government’s ecoENERGY Retrofit-Homes initiative. The amounts shown in the box below reflect the federal grant amounts only. The BC government also offers additional rebates for energy-saving renovations to eligible British Columbia homeowners.

Ongoing energy-saving — BC

Energy-saving renovations have lasting benefits for BC. They increase a BC home’s value with new, efficient equipment. They improve home comfort, by insulating against the outdoor temperature and providing efficient ways of heating and cooling the interior. They reduce the home’s energy use, which reduces annual energy costs. The result for British Columbia is savings that continue well after the calendar year is through.

Home Renovation Tax Credit — how it works

Canada’s Home Renovation Tax Credit lets BC homeowners claim the cost of energy saving home improvements on their 2009 income tax return. This tax credit represents an extra savings for BC homeowners on their home improvement costs, and is offered by the Government of Canada in addition to Canada ecoENERGY grants.

Many energy-saving home improvements qualify you for Canada ecoENERGY grants.

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To qualify for ecoENERGY grants you must have a BC home energy assessment before you renovate. BC homeowners who had their first home energy audit before August 16, 2009, are eligible for the Canada ecoENERGY grants + additional LiveSmart BC rebates

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Canada grants — BC

BC homeowners can choose from a shopping list of renovation rebates from the Government of BC:

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Get combined tax-free BC rebates of up to $7,000 and more for:

Take advantage of government rebates + grants up to $7,000 and more for home energy renovation in British Columbia:

BC rebates — conditions

Some conditions apply.

BC rebates & incentives

LiveSmart BC rebates

BC homeowners can qualify for tax-free rebates from the Government of British Columbia.

Home Renovation Tax Credit

Many BC homeowners use “tax credit” to describe a government grant program like LiveSmart BC rebates. The original Home Renovation Tax Credit (HRTC) expired in 2010.

Your advisor can help

By choosing a HomePerformance Energy Advisor to do your BC home energy audit, you’ll receive information on Government of BC LiveSmart home energy renovation rebates.

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Do it right

Each British Columbia home has its own specific energy-savings needs, and yours is no different. The right renovations add up to big savings. By following the expert advice of a certified BC energy advisor, you’ll make the energy renovations or "retrofits" that are right for your BC home — and help improve your energy costs and the BC environment.

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And there’s even more. Click here to learn how BC homeowners like you are saving thousands of dollars and tonnes of greenhouse gases every year, by making the right energy-saving home renovations. British Columbia homeowners can make a difference.

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