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Green On program… almost impossible to qualify

"The company entrusted with qualifying dealers and installers in not prepared to handle the number of inquiries."

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February 16, 2018 by canadiancontractor

About a month ago we posted about the Ontario government’s massive spend on energy-efficient products and services, in the form of the Green On rebate program. Here is a comment on that…

Re: the Green On (Ontario) window rebate program. The company entrusted with qualifying dealers and installers is not prepared to handle the number of inquiries nor the number of training requests. Not to mention the various requirements the program is imposing on dealers and installers that will make it impossible for many of them to qualify.

Martin Pitts



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3 Comments » for Green On program… almost impossible to qualify
  1. Rick Block says:

    Name names!!!
    We are being forced to join an association so we can be trained to install windows better than the government thinks we do it now.
    I was one of the first to install full frame replacement windows over 20 years ago. I lost many jobs because of that but they are still in place. We are now redoing a lot of the jobs we lost. Don’t know why I need to be trained. I have 35 years in business installing windows properly. My current crew was certified by this association over 5 years ago but is required to be updated. Doesn’t make sense. I can’t get on the list until these things are completed. My company has won our local Readers Choice Award for the past 25 years.

  2. 40 years installing windows/fustrated says:

    Hello Rick and Martin et all

    I think we are missing the point here… it’s not the fact of improving energy efficiency or moving the economy from under the table to above board that the government is trying to achieve… it’s just their “image” of “providing” rebates to the constituents that is important. We shouldn’t try and use common sense when understanding or arguing these things.

  3. I have been in the window replacement/ home improvement industry since 1978. I have always run a legitimate business. To qualify for the GreenON program has been no sweat because I had the qualifications already. I look forward to anything that elevates the committed tradesman from the not so committed tradesman.