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Home Renovation Tax Credit

Canadian homeowners can get up to $1,350 in tax credits 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 families to claim 15 per cent of home improvement expenses, between $1,000 and $10,000, on their 2009 income tax return. This gives 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 home renovation tax credit applies for 2009 income tax returns only. A line on the 2009 income tax return form will allow Canadian 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.

Home improvements — Canada

The Home Renovation Tax Credit applies to Canadian home improvements that will become a permanent part of the home or its property. These 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.

Examples of eligible renovations

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

Home Renovation Tax Credit — benefits

Under the federal Home Renovation Tax Credit, Canadian 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 Canadian families 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

Energy-saving renovations can permanently reduce a Canadian 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, Canadians will receive maximum benefits for their renovations.

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

Energy-saving renovations eligible for HRTC

Grants and rebates — Canada

But there’s more. Under the ecoENERGY Retrofit-Homes initiative, the Government of Canada is giving 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. Provincial governments, including those in BC and Ontario, offer more grants and rebates for energy-saving renovations.

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

Grants for energy-saving renovations

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 reflect the federal grant amounts. Ontario, BC, and other provinces also offer additional rebates for energy-saving renovations.

Ongoing energy-saving

Energy-saving renovations have lasting benefits. They increase a Canadian 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 Canadian home’s energy use, which reduces annual energy costs. The result 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 you claim the cost of energy saving home improvements on your 2009 income tax return. This tax credit represents an extra savings on your 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 and provincial grants and rebates you must have a home energy assessment before you renovate.

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Grants + rebates

Homeowners can choose from a shopping list of Government of Canada ecoENERGY grants for home energy renovations:

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Government grants

Take advantage of Canadian government grant + Ontario or British Columbia rebate programs for your home energy renovations.

Government grants — conditions

Some conditions apply.

More rebates & incentives

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.

Your advisor can help

By choosing a HomePerformance Energy Advisor to do your home energy audit, you’ll receive information on government home energy renovation grants and rebates, and other energy improvement incentives available in your area.

Enjoy all the benefits

Do it right

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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