Low Income Household Refund Programs

There has been a steady rise in utility costs over the years. The Government has recognized these increased costs make it difficult on lower income bracket homeowners.

There are several programs offered to assist low income households. These programs include

1. Ontario Renovates ( up to $26,000)
This program is offered by the Ontario Government and administered at the Municipal level. The program offers a one-time assistance of up to $26,000 per household for eligible homeowners to assist in financing major home repairs and/or accessibility renovations.
Require renovations or repairs in at least one of the following areas:

  • • Accessibility
  • • Fire Safety
  • • Structural
  • • Electrical
  • • Plumbing
  • • Heating

Contact the city you reside in to learn more or contact Access Rebates.

2. Home Assistance Program
The Home Assistance Program (HAP) is offered through Green Saver and provides income-eligible homeowners, residents and tenants with free energy upgrades in their home. HAP helps homeowners reduce their energy bills by replacing old and inefficient equipment with new equipment that uses less electricity.
The upgrades are free and Green Saver provides the installation at no cost to you. Free upgrades could include:

  • • Energy-saving light bulbs
  • • ENERGY STAR® refrigerators
  • • ENERGY STAR® freezers, dehumidifiers, window air-conditioners
  • • Home insulation and draft proofing
  • • Low-flow showerheads
  • • Programmable thermostats
  • • Powerbars
  • • Faucet aerators


3. Enbridge’s Home Winterproofing Program
Enbridge Home Winterproofing Program is designed to help low income households:

  • • Lower energy bills by improve the efficiency of your home and lowering energy use by up to 30%
  • • Keep your home at a comfortable temperature while reducing monthly energy costs.
  • • Improve home health by eliminating drafty conditions and providing a for a safer, healthier home.
  • • Increase home resale value as energy-efficient homes are more attractive to prospective buyers.

In the winter, warm air escapes your house through small leaks and through walls and ceilings with poor insulation. Your gas heater has to work harder to keep the temperature at a comfortable level, which means you are paying extra on your heating bill. You could be losing up to 30% of the heat in your home to poor insulation.


To assist Low Income Households there are a number of financial assistance programs available:

4. Utility Programs (up to $600)

There are several programs offered by the Utility companies to assist low income homeowners with their utility costs. See the following link for further information: