260 Edgeley Blvd – Unit 13B Vaughan, ON L4K 3Y4

Better Homes Kingston Loan

Invest in Efficiency, Reap the Benefits
Better Homes Kingston

Better Homes Kingston is a local improvement charge (LIC) financing program to encourage homeowners to undertake deep-energy retrofits.  

Better Homes Kingston Program is a no-interest property loan program, which residents can repay via their property tax bill over a period of up to 20 years. There is no penalty for paying your loan off early.The loan is tied to your property and remains with the home. This means the next owner will inherit the loan and benefit from the retrofits it helped realize.

homeowners can access a no-interest loan of up to $40,000 (or 10 percent of the current value assessment of the home, whichever is less), to cover the cost of home energy improvements.

Loan program Details

Maximum:  up to $40,000
Repayment Term: up to 20 years, interest-free

Improvements might include upgrades to the following:

  • Thermal Envelope such as: basement/attic/exterior wall insulation, window/door replacements
  • Mechanical Systems such as: thermostats and controllers, air/ground source heat pumps, high-efficiency water heaters, solar hot water systems etc.
  • Investment in Renewable Energy such as: solar photovoltaic systems, EV chargers (Level 2).

Through Better Homes Kingston, the City aims to help realize 25 – 50per cent of pre-1991 constructed one-family homes by 2040, achieving an average carbon reduction impact of 30per cent per home.

loan Program Incentives

Better Homes Kingston requires a minimum of 20 per cent reduction of GHG emissions and/or equivalent reduction in energy consumption for electrically heated homes to access loans and incentives.
All participants in the Better Homes Kingston Program will require an EnerGuide Home Energy Evaluation, completed by a Certified Energy Advisor or equivalent as certified by Natural Resources Canada.
In cases where the applicant does not qualify for existing rebates for their home energy evaluation from a utility provider or senior government energy retrofit incentive program(s), they will be eligible to receive a $600 rebate from Better Homes Kingston, with 75per cent upfront to establish a base case for their home.

Alternate arrangements are also available for low-income applicants if the upfront cost of the home energy evaluation is prohibitive.

The following incentives offered to the first 500 applicants:

20per cent to 25per cent reduction in emissions or energy consumption $1,000
26per cent to 30per cent reduction in emissions or energy consumption $3,000
Greater than 30per cent reduction in emissions or energy consumption $5,000



Participation in the program is voluntary and homeowner initiated. Eligibility criteria:

  • The dwelling is a single-family residential building: detached houses, semi-detached houses, or row houses.
  • All registered owner(s) of the property must consent to participate in the program.
  • The home must have a property tax account with the City and all property taxes, utility bills and other payment obligations to the City must be in good standing.
  • The homeowner must notify its mortgage lender (if applicable) of its intention to participate in the Better Homes Kingston Program.


Applicants may receive financing for approved improvements with an expected useful life of five to 20 years and for measures that are permanently affixed to a property. Maintenance costs are ineligible. Eligible measures for financing must be Energy Star certified, where applicable.

Below, is a non-exhaustive list of the types of improvements eligible under the Better Homes Kingston Program, subject to permitting and regulations:

  • Thermal envelope upgrades: attic, walls, foundation, and basement insulation and associated requirements such as attic ventilation, foundation drainage and waterproofing; air barriers; window, skylights and exterior door replacements; tubular daylighting devices and exterior window shadings or films; air-sealing and weather stripping.
  • Mechanical systems (space heating, cooling and ventilation): thermostats and controllers, energy or heat recovery ventilators, air source heat pumps, ground source heat pumps, biomass wood-pellet heaters, heat distribution systems, duct sealing, fans, associated electrical equipment as required.
  • Mechanical systems (water heating): high-efficiency water heaters (i.e. heat pump, electric water tanks, etc.), drain water heat recovery systems, solar hot water systems.
  • Renewable energy, energy storage and EV chargers: solar photovoltaic systems, electric vehicle charging stations (Level 2), battery storage devices, associated electrical and load management equipment, including but not limited to, electric thermal storage.
  • Health and safety measures: this might include items like electrical wiring and panel upgrades that are required undertakings to permit energy improvements.
  • Climate adaptation improvements: such as back-flow prevention valves, sump pumps and basement waterproofing.
  • Other: Permanently affixed lighting, lighting controls, new energy efficient (certified) products will be considered as additional eligible technologies.

you cannot proceed with paying for or completing any energy improvements to your home until you have done the following:

  •  Met with the Energy Coach and completed a valid Funding Request form with their assistance.
  • Received direct confirmation from the City that this has been accepted.
  • Signed, submitted, and received a fully executed Property Owner Agreement.

How To Apply

 Complete the Better Homes Kingston Program Application Form. 

Once it has been determined that you meet all the requirements of the program, the City will issue you (the homeowner) a Notice to Proceed. This typically takes 1 – 2 weeks. In the Notice to proceed you will learn:

  • The maximum loan amount you’re entitled to receive
  • Your Better Homes Kingston File Reference Number
  • Details about the next steps in the program

You will be prompted to create an account and will need your Better Homes Kingston File Reference Number (which you will have received with your Notice to Proceed). Once registered, a Better Homes Kingston Energy Coach will work with you to book a pre-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation with a registered energy advisor. Following this evaluation, you will receive an NRCan EnerGuide Rating for your home and recommended improvements.

*If you have already had a pre-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation, you may still be eligible to participate, provided it was completed on or after Dec. 1, 2020.

Through our program you may be eligible for a rebate of 75 per cent of the cost of your pre-retrofit evaluation where you do not qualify for other existing rebates from Enbridge or the Greener Homes Grant. Alternative arrangements are available for low-income applicants.

Homeowners who participate in Better Homes Kingston Program may still apply to rebate programs offered by others and receive quotes from contractors for the home energy improvements that have been identified in their pre-retrofit EnerGuide Evaluation.

Once you have planned your retrofits and you are ready to get started, submit your Funding Request Form. At this stage in the process, a homeowner can choose to request 30 per cent of their funds upfront to cover contractor pre-payments. You will then be required to sign the Property Owner Agreement and wait to receive the fully executed agreement signed by the Mayor and City Clerk before proceeding. This can take 3 – 5 weeks to process.

Once the retrofits are complete, participants are required to have a post-retrofit EnerGuide Evaluation completed by a registered energy advisor back to their home to complete a. This evaluation provides an updated EnerGuide rating for the home. This will verify if your home has met the 20 per cent minimum reduction in GHGs and/or energy consumption.

Once the Project Completion Report is received, the City of Kingston will provide you with the balance of the loan. This can take 3 – 4 weeks before you receive your final loan disbursement.

Welcome to your more efficient, affordable and comfortable home. You will have the option to repay your property loan over a period of up to 20 years through your property tax bill. A homeowner can choose to re-pay the loan in full at any time without penalty.

Home Energy Audit Booking

Take the first step towards a greener and more cost-effective future by scheduling a home energy inspection today!

Our professional team of experts is here to help you uncover hidden energy inefficiencies in your home. During the inspection, we will thoroughly assess your property, identifying areas where energy is being wasted and providing you with valuable recommendations for improvement.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to improve your home’s energy efficiency. Our team is ready to assist you in creating a more energy-efficient and comfortable living space. Take control of your energy usage and start saving today!

Frequently asked questions

The loan you will receive through the Better Homes Kingston Program is tied to your property, and not your individual credit rating. That means that if you sell your home, the new owner will take on the repayment of the loan – and also all the energy savings gained. This reduces the risk to you of investing in a property you may only own for a shorter period of time. You’ll get all the energy savings gains while you live there, and when you move, the payments (and gains) transfer to the new owner.

Your value is based on your Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) assessment. You can find this value on your most recent property tax bill or online using the Property Evaluation and Tax Levy Lookup tool.

You can still qualify for Better Homes Kingston incentives, without receiving loan funding.

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