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Millions benefit from
Home Renovation Tax Credit

Canada’s recently completed Home Renovation Tax Credit, which granted Canadians up to $1,350 in nonrefundable tax credits for making lasting improvements to their homes, has been heralded as a successful economic stimulus by government and industry alike.

The credit, which allowed Canadians to claim up to $10,000 in eligible renovation expenses on their 2009 income taxes, was part of the Canadian government’s Economic Action Plan for helping improve the country’s economy.

Homeowners could claim expenses for energy renovations such as new furnaces, insulation and windows, as well as a wide range of other permanent home improvements. The eligibility period for the expenditures ran from February, 2009, through January, 2010.

People liked the simplicity of the program. All you had to do was save your renovation receipts, and claim them on your 2009 income taxes.
Peter Moffatt, President of Building Insight Technologies

Peter Moffatt, president of Building Insight Technologies, a leading Canadian energy audit company, praised the program’s efficient way of encouraging Canadians to renovate their homes. “People liked the simplicity of the program. All you had to do was save your renovation receipts, and claim them on your 2009 income taxes.”

The Canadian government estimated that about 4.6 million Canadians would take advantage of the tax credit, at a cost of about $3 billion.

A stimulus program like this was a smart move in tough economic times.
Peter Moffatt, President of Building Insight Technologies

Canada’s Finance Minister Jim Flaherty ended the program as scheduled, on January 31, 2010. Canadians filing their 2009 income taxes can claim expenses made until that date.

Moffatt pointed to the program’s positive effect on the home renovation industry. “A stimulus program like this was a smart move in tough economic times.” Moffatt points out that even though the Home Renovation Tax Credit has ended, it makes sense for Canadians to take advantage of other home improvement incentive programs, such as the federal ecoENERGY Retrofit-Homes program, which gives grants for energy-saving home renovations.

The tax credit was just one of the government incentives available to Canadians. Homeowners can still get up to $5,000 to make their homes more energy-efficient.
Peter Moffatt, President of Building Insight Technologies

While millions of Canadians scrambled to meet the deadline for the tax credit, there is still time for renovators to get up to $5,000 in tax-free home renovation grants from the Canadian government.

The federal ecoENERGY program, which gives homeowners money for replacing furnaces, air conditioners, windows and more with energy-efficient models, runs until March 31, 2011. Many provinces also contribute matching grants.

“The tax credit was just one of the government incentives available to Canadians,” says Moffatt. “Homeowners can still get up to $5,000 to make their homes more energy-efficient.”

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Ontario rebates

Ontario homeowners can get cash back on their first ecoENERGY audit with a Home Energy Audit rebate from the Ontario government.

Canada ecoENERGY grants — Ontario

Ontario homeowners can qualify for tax-free rebates as part of the Government of Canada’s Economic Action Plan.

LiveSmart BC rebates

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

Home Renovation Tax Credit

Many Canadians use “tax credit” to describe government grant programs like Government of Canada ecoENERGY grants and LiveSmart BC rebates. The original Home Renovation Tax Credit (HRTC) expired in 2010.

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Each Canadian 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 Canada-certified energy advisor, you’ll make the energy renovations or "retrofits" that are right for your home — and help improve your energy costs and the Canadian environment.

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