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Ottawa Commits $103.7 Million to Support Heat Pump Transition in British Columbia

Arshad Khan

Low- and middle-income households can receive rebates of up to $16,000 for switching from oil to high-efficiency heat pumps

The Canadian government, led by Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault, announced $103.7 million in funding to assist British Columbians in transitioning from oil and other fossil fuel furnaces to heat pumps. This initiative aims to lower home energy costs and combat climate change.

The funding will be sourced from Canada’s Low Carbon Economy Fund (LCEF) and the Oil to Heat Pump Affordability (OHPA) program, with an additional $151 million contributed by the B.C. government.

Low- and middle-income households can receive rebates of up to $16,000 for switching from oil to high-efficiency heat pumps, while those using natural gas or propane can also receive rebates.

In addition, eligible households in northern B.C. may qualify for an extra $3,000 for heat pump installation, and those requiring electrical heater upgrades could receive up to $5,000.

The total rebates for eligible households could reach $24,000, including installation costs, and those switching from oil heating to electric may receive a one-time $250 payment.

This move follows calls from B.C. Premier David Eby for federal relief from the carbon tax on home heating, similar to the three-year pause granted to Atlantic provinces.

The investment in B.C. comes amidst rising popularity of the B.C. Conservatives, who have pledged to eliminate the provincial carbon tax. Polls also indicate growing dissatisfaction among British Columbians with the carbon tax.

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