Ontario Contractors: Are you registered with the Green Ontario rebate program?
There are up to $600-million of rebates and subsidies for things like insulation, new windows and heat pumps. It's worth a look.
By Steve Payne
Contractors, trust us, we know.
With all the paperwork and hassles of being “compliant” with government, you don’t need any more “registrations.”
But in Ontario — land of sky-high WSIB premiums and the entirely useless (it’s worse than that) Ontario College of Trades — you MIGHT want to consider registering with the Green Ontario Fund as a certified contractor.
(When they made their big announcement on this ten days ago, the province’s Environment Ministry did a pretty bad job of publicizing this new program. We didn’t even get a press release until we heard about it from someone after the fact.)
But it’s worth a look. If only that.
Why should you, as a contractor, sign up?
Because Ontario is plowing $600-million over 4 years into this fund to combat carbon emissions.
Because a lot of that money will go into…
- Insulation rebates (up to $7,200 per homeowner)
- Window replacement rebates (up to $5,000 per homeowner)
- Heat (air and ground) installation rebates (up to $20,000 per homeowner).
That’s SERIOUS money to customers of renovation contractors.
But you have to be a registered contractor to participate. And homeowners will HAVE to use a registered contractor to access this money.
While the contractor has to submit the application and make sure it is done correctly, the contractor doesn’t have a lot of hoops to jump through after that. The homeowner will pay YOU the full amount of the job when completed. The rebate will be sent to the homeowner 6-8 weeks after the completion of the job.
CONTRACTOR SIGN-UP INFORMATION
Here’s the link. You will need to provide “confirmation of your business licenses, insurance and professional certifications.” You will need to take an online “orientation session” that will take about a half hour. And you may need to take some more online training on some of the subsidized specialty areas of the program.
Once you are approved, your name will appear on a searchable database of Ontario contractors approved to participate in the program.
And it LOOKS like they aren’t requiring you to be a member of the Ontario College of Trades! That’s at least one sign that there might some real value in this program.
Let us know what you think of this program – and your experiences with it…