Eligible heat pumps for financial assistance

You can receive financial assistance from the Rénoclimat, Novoclimat Homes and Novoclimat Small Multiple-Unit Buildings programs when you install an eligible heat pump. Hydro-Québec also provides financial assistance.

The heat pump selected must appear on the list of eligible models at the time of installation and all program conditions must be met.

List of heat pumps eligible for financial assistance

Financial assistance amount

The amount of financial assistance depends on the installed system’s heating output in winter conditions. The more powerful the heat pump is, the higher the amount of financial assistance is.

The specific financial assistance amount available for each model is listed in the list of eligible heat pumps.

Calculation rule:

  • $50 of financial assistance is granted for every thousand BTUs of heating output at -8°C.

For example:

  • An eligible heat pump with a heating output of 10,000 BTUs/h at -8°C qualify for $500 of financial assistance.
  • An eligible heat pump with a heating output of 20,000 BTUs/h at -8°C qualify for $1,000 of financial assistance.

New since January 1, 2021

Since January 1, 2021, financial assistance for the installation or replacement of an eligible heat pump is no longer a set amount. It mainly depends on the installed system's heating output in winter conditions.

In addition, the installation and performance criteria have changed.

  • Single package air-air heat pumps are no longer eligible.
  • Air-air heat pumps must not be installed outside of the plane of insulation (e.g. in the attic space).
  • Mini-split air-air heat pumps “with ducts” are now eligible.
  • The installation of at least one indoor unit per floor is no longer required.
  • The minimum output of 12,000 BTUs/h at +8°C is no longer required.
  • ENERGY STAR® certification is not required for the system; however, the system must be NEEP certified.

The benefits of a 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.

Merchants often tend to suggest minimum sizing, which is suitable for air conditioning, but not for heating. To obtain the best possible performance from your new heat pump, make sure that it is properly sized, i.e. powerful enough to meet your heating needs.

How to choose the best program

Installing a heat pump qualifies for financial assistance from Rénoclimat, Novoclimat Homes or Novoclimat Small Multiple-Unit Buildings programs. 

Hydro-Québec also provides financial assistance with its Efficient Heat Pump program. 

Make sure that you choose the best program for you! 

Rénoclimat

The Rénoclimat program starts with a visit from an advisor who performs an energy evaluation of your home. The advisor’s evaluation report will guide you in your home renovation work to improve its energy performance. You must register for the program and be visited by the advisor before beginning the work.

New - The Canada Greener Homes Grant also provides financial assistance for the installation or replacement of a heat pump: List of eligible heat pumps in Québec under the Canada Greener Homes Grant.

In Québec, this federal program is available through the Rénoclimat program. Be sure to select a system that is on one of the eligible heat pump lists and meet all of the criteria of the program you have selected. 

  • Consult the Rénoclimat program section for all the details.

Novoclimat

The Novoclimat program offers financial assistance to buyers, contractors or developers, depending on the program component, who build a new highly energy-efficient Novoclimat-certified home.

  • Consult the Novoclimat program section for all the details.

Efficient Heat Pump
(Hydro-Québec)

The Efficient Heat Pump program allows you to have easy access to financial assistance for installing a heat pump. It is important to select a model from the list of eligible heat pumps to do the work. The application for financial assistance must be submitted no later than six months after the date of installation of the heat pump.

Choosing a contractor

To be eligible, the installation work of a heat pump must be carried out by a qualified contractor who has a licence from the Régie du bâtiment du Québec, in accordance with current renovation regulations.

Here are some useful links.

Are you a contractor, distributor or manufacturer of heat pumps?

Consult the above list of eligible heat pumps to suggest models that are eligible for financial assistance to your clients.

  • The list of heat pumps eligible for financial assistance is based on criteria pertaining to their installation and performance, including the following:
    • Mini-split, air-air heat pumps are not eligible.
    • Mini-split, air-air heat pumps “with ducts” are now eligible.
    • The installation of at least one indoor unit per floor is no longer required.
    • The minimum output of 12,000 BTU/h at +8 °C is no longer required.
    • ENERGY STAR® certification is no longer required. However, the system must be NEEP certified.

Write to infotechnique@mern.gouv.qc.ca if you have questions about model eligibility.

Questions?

Consult the frequently asked questions on our site to find quick answers to the most common questions, including questions about the temporary measures.

Can’t find the answer to your specific question? Please contact our customer service by calling 1 866 266-0008 or sending an e-mail to renseignements.te@mern.gouv.qc.ca.

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