Get funding to complete residential or commercial building energy upgrades

You can get low-cost funding under the Better Buildings program. This will help you pay for qualifying energy upgrades to your residential or commercial building.

Eligibility

Eligible properties

  • Properties located in participating municipalities.
  • Rural properties located outside of municipal boundaries.

Contact the Energy Branch to find out if your municipality is participating in the Better Buildings program.

Eligible applicants

Property owners who are up to date on payment of property taxes for all their properties.

Eligible buildings

Existing homes or buildings on titled residential or commercial property located in the Yukon.

Eligible energy upgrades

Property owners must implement 1 or more eligible energy upgrades in an existing home or building.

For residential buildings:

  • air sealing and adding insulation to walls and attic;
  • installing a heat-recovery ventilator;
  • installing cold-climate air-source heat pumps;
  • replacing existing windows with ENERGY STAR® windows; or
  • installing a wood or biomass heating system for off-grid communities.

For commercial buildings:

  • air sealing and insulating walls;
  • upgrading or recommissioning heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems;
  • installing a biomass heating system; or
  • installing a cold-climate air-source heat pump.

Program conditions

To qualify for funding under the Better Buildings program, the property owner must reduce their:

  • home’s annual energy consumption by at least 20 per cent; or
  • commercial building’s carbon emissions.

Program funding amount

The funding amount is based on 25 per cent of the assessed value of the property, up to a maximum of:

  • $50,000 for residential buildings; or
  • $100,000 for commercial buildings.

Reimbursement

You’ll repay the funding annually over a term of up to 15 years. You’ll make payments by paying the municipal authority or the Government of Yukon a local improvement tax on your property taxes.

Interest will be charged on the total funding amount at the Bank of Canada interest rate.

Administrative fee

Program participants will need to pay a one-time administrative fee of $500.

Apply to the Better Buildings program

  1. Read the handout on the Better Buildings program’s terms and conditions.
  2. Contact the Energy Branch and set up a meeting (by phone, email or in person) with an energy advisor.
    In-person: Climate Change and Energy Solutions Centre, 2nd floor, 4114 4th Avenue, RBC Building. Our office is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
    Phone: 867-393-7063
    Email: [email protected]

The energy advisor will:

  • give you information on the Better Buildings program and application process;
  • discuss your building’s potential retrofit project and the applicable Good Energy rebates;
  • if applicable, confirm if your property is located in a municipality participating in the Better Buildings program; and
  • complete the Better Buildings eligibility application form.