Helping people make their homes more energy-efficient fights climate change and creates good jobs, all while helping homeowners save on their monthly energy bills. That’s why the Government of Canada launched the Canada Greener Homes Grant initiative in May 2021 to help up to 700,000 Canadian homeowners upgrade their homes.
Energy advisors are the backbone of the Canada Greener Homes Grant. To ensure retrofits improve a home’s energy efficiency and homeowners know about their retrofit options, an energy advisor must conduct a pre-retrofit and post-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation. The Greener Homes initiative’s immense popularity — with over 180,000 homeowners applying in just a few months — has led to a major demand for new energy advisors.
That’s why today, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources, announced a $903,000 investment for the Manitoba Environmental Industries Association (MEIA). This funding, which was provided through the $10-million call for proposals to train up to an additional 2,000 energy advisors, will help recruit and train up to 90 energy advisors in Manitoba.
Minister Wilkinson also issued this statement to update Canadians on the Greener Homes initiative:
“The Canada Greener Homes Grant has proven extremely popular, which I am very pleased to see. Already, the initiative has helped people across the country retrofit their homes, while creating good jobs for Canadians. This is another example of how investing in climate action not only reduces greenhouse gas emissions, but makes life more affordable and creates middle-class jobs.
“This popularity resulted in some early delays in processing applications. I would like to thank all applicants for their patience and for taking part in net-zero solutions — and I am happy to report that the initiative’s process delays have been resolved or are in the process of being resolved.
“Natural Resources Canada continues to introduce measures to reduce wait times and restore service standards, including by streamlining processes and hiring new staff. Natural Resources Canada personnel are working to improve program delivery, with a focus on:
- Processing applications more rapidly
- Accelerating grant payments
- Recruiting more energy advisors
- Making it easier to connect to an advisor (including piloting remote audits)
“With the measures we are introducing to recruit, train and improve access to audits, we are confident that all Canadians will soon be able to access a pre-retrofit audit within a three-month service standard.
“As of December 2021, a backlog of 70,000 applications has been cleared, and new applicants can expect a response from NRCan within four weeks. In addition, since launching the initiative, NRCan has registered 185 new energy advisors, who join the more than 1,000 existing energy advisors already conducting EnerGuide evaluations for homeowners.
“Today’s announcement builds on that progress. It is the fifth project from our call for proposals — out of an anticipated 18 — to train more energy advisors, and it will allow MEIA to deliver a permanent energy advisor training program with in-person and virtual options to prepare candidates, including from under-represented groups, to successfully obtain their energy advisor registration.
“These new advisors are seizing one of the many opportunities presented by the transition to a net-zero economy while helping Canadian homeowners make their homes more energy-efficient. Additional projects for the recruitment and training of energy advisors will be announced in the coming weeks and months.
“These investments and initiatives are not only intended to ensure the successful delivery of the Canada Greener Homes Grant — they are intended to spur the growth of the energy advisor industry in Canada. Retrofitting homes and buildings is essential work in building a net-zero economy by 2050, and energy advisors are critical to that work. The demand for energy advisors will only grow in the years and decades to come; this is an opportunity for Canadians to build stable, well-paying careers as part of a growing workforce that will help us achieve a net-zero economy by 2050.
“I look forward to working with this program’s partners to ensure the successful delivery of the Canada Greener Homes Grant in the months and years to come. Once again, I would like to thank Canadians for their eagerness to take part in net-zero solutions and fight climate change.”