Financial assistance

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Notice

You are responsible for making sure that your home and the work concerned meet the program’s conditions and requirements.

You have a maximum of 6 months from the start date of the work to submit an application for financial assistance. 

You acknowledge and assume the risks or disadvantages that may result from the rejection of your application for financial assistance from this program.

The list of eligible types of work and equipment is subject to change. Check this list again before carrying out the work to make sure that it is eligible.

Under the Chauffez vert program, financial assistance may be provided for the following types of work:


Installation or replacement of an eligible heat pump

Heat pumps can be used as a heating system and as an air conditioner. In the winter, a heat pump uses less energy than other heating devices to produce heat. In addition, there are low temperature heat pump models that can heat a home practically year round, even in very low temperatures.

However, below a certain temperature or if the system is undersized, another heating system has to take over because the heat pump alone will not be enough.

Since February 15, 2021, the financial assistance of the Chauffez vert program for the installation of a heat pump, previously provided by the ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources naturelles, comes from Hydro-Québec. The eligibility conditions and financial assistance amounts do not change. Chauffez vert remains the way to have access to this assistance until it is subsequently linked with Hydro-Québec programs.

Conditions

  • The heat pump selected must appear on the list of eligible models at the time of installation.
  • Make sure that you comply with all the program conditions set out in the Participant’s Guide, notably those regarding the installation of the system.

Financial assistance

  • The financial assistance is now provided by Hydro-Québec.
  • The financial assistance is no longer a fixed amount. It depends primarily on the winter heating output of the system installed. Consequently, the higher the output of the heat pump, the greater the financial assistance.
  • The financial assistance amounts to $50 per thousand BTUs of heating output at -8°C.
  • See the eligible heat pump page for the amount of financial assistance granted for the model selected.

Replacement of an oil or propane central heating system with a system powered by an eligible renewable energy, such as electricity

Work involving a complete dismantling of the fossil fuel central heating system (furnace or boiler) and the removal of the tank (oil or propane) may be eligible for financial assistance from the Chauffez vert program. The system may be a hot air or a hot water circulation system. Systems powered by natural gas are not eligible.

Conditions

  • The work must involve installing new equipment for a heating system powered by electricity or a combination of renewable energies.
  • The new equipment must meet the energy needs that were covered by the dismantled system(s).
  • The system must be a source of heat for the home before the replacement work begins.
  • In the case of a building with multiple units, the system must be a source of heat for at least one unit.
  • Important - The dismantling and installation work must be carried out by one or more qualified contractors who hold appropriate RBQ licences.

Financial assistance

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Amount of Chauffez vert financial assistance for converting a central heating system, based on the type of home
Types of single family homesHeating oilPropane
Single family home$1,275$850
Semi-detached or row home$875$650
Mobile home$1,075$600
Duplex or triplex$875 × number of eligible units*$650 × number of eligible units*
Residential building with multiple units$550 × number of eligible units*$225 × number of eligible units*

* A unit is considered eligible if its heating system is the fossil fuel system that is dismantled.

The renewable energies that may be used

The renewable energies that may be used to power the new equipment are:

  • electricity*
  • biomass
  • geothermal energy
  • wind energy
  • solar energy
  • wood
  • aerothermal energy (heat pump)*

* Provided the home is supplied with electricity from Hydro-Québec’s main grid. This grid actually provides hydroelectricity, which is a renewable energy. Homes that are located off the grid or are supplied by autonomous electrical systems do not meet the eligibility conditions. 

Replacement of an oil or propane water heater by a water heater powered by an eligible renewable energy, such as electricity

To obtain financial assistance, participants are required to replace the water heater at the same time as they replace their oil or propane central heating system in view of a complete conversion of their systems to electrical or another renewable energy. Water heaters powered by natural gas are not eligible.

Conditions

  • To be eligible for financial assistance, the work must involve completely dismantling a water heater that uses the same fuel as the central heating system.
  • The work must also include installing new water heating equipment powered by electricity or a combination of renewable energies.
  • The new equipment must meet the energy needs that were covered by the dismantled system(s).
  • The domestic hot water used in the home must be provided entirely by a fossil fuel water heater.
  • In the case of a building with multiple units, the system must provide all hot water to at least one unit.
  • Important - The dismantling and installation work must be carried out by one or more qualified contractors who hold appropriate RBQ licences.

Financial assistance

Amount of Chauffez vert financial assistance for converting a central heating system, based on the type of home
Types of homesHeating oilPropane
Single family home$250$200
Duplex or triplex$250 × number of eligible units*$200 × number of eligible units*
Residential building with multiple units$250
× number of eligible units*
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× number of water heaters installed**
$200
× number of eligible units*
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× number of water heaters installed**

* A unit is considered eligible if its domestic hot water is provided by the fossil fuel system that is dismantled.

** The amount of the financial assistance will be multiplied by the lesser of the following two numbers:

  • number of units considered eligible;
  • number of water heaters installed.

The renewable energies that may be used

The renewable energies that may be used to power the new equipment are:

  • electricity*
  • biomass
  • geothermal energy
  • wind energy
  • solar energy
  • wood
  • aerothermal energy (heat pump)*

* Provided the home is supplied with electricity from Hydro-Québec’s main grid. This grid actually provides hydroelectricity, which is a renewable energy. Homes that are located off the grid or are supplied by autonomous electrical systems do not meet the eligibility conditions. 

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