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April 11, 2022
 

If you’re looking to retrofit your Kingston home, it’s never been easier. Today the City of Kingston, in partnership with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, celebrated the launch of Better Homes Kingston, a property-loan program that will help residents make their homes more efficient.

“Energy retrofits increase the efficiency of a home, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and make that dwelling more comfortable by regulating temperature, air moisture, and more. But we know that the upfront cost of these renovations can deter a lot of people from acting and making these positive changes,” said Coun. Mayor Rita Holland, at the program’s launch event held in the Kingscourt neighbourhood.

“Better Homes Kingston will tear down barriers to build a more sustainable community,” Holland added. 

Better Homes Kingston is a local improvement charge (LIC) financing program that will assist homeowners with interest free loans to renovate their homes. Through the program, residents will have free access to an energy coach, who will help them determine and prioritize the most effective retrofits for their home and support them throughout the entire process.

Several partners have provided their support for Better Homes Kingston including the Federation of Canadian Municipalities through the federally-funded Green Municipal Fund, which supports local innovation that can be replicated and scaled up across the country to tackle Canada’s climate challenges.

Mark Gerretsen, member of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands, lauded the City of Kingston for our action on the climate emergency, and underlined how this federally supported program will have economic and environmental benefits.

“Better Homes Kingston will create more good jobs in the energy and renovation sector, putting money in the hands of hardworking people and helping Kingstonians live in more comfortable and efficient homes.”

Chris Boivin, Managing Director of the Green Municipal Fund and Chief Development Officer at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities added, “On behalf of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, we are proud to partner with the City of Kingston to provide a program that will help homeowners reduce their carbon footprint and help Canada meet its national climate goals.”

Fast Facts:

  • Residential energy use accounts for an estimated 19 per cent of GHG emissions, according to the community greenhouse gas emission inventory. To achieve carbon neutrality no later than 2040, lowering these emissions is essential.
  • Through the Better Homes Kingston Program, the City aims to help retrofit 20 to 50 per cent of single-family homes built before 1991. Many of these homes can be found in older areas of the city, including Kingscourt, where the program launch was held. Residents who take advantage of this flexible, no-interest property loan can repay the amount over a period of up to 20 years or at any time without penalty.
  • The program will also offer incentives tied to GHG reductions or energy consumption reductions for electrically heated homes, making these retrofits even more affordable.
  • The introduction of Better Homes Kingston Loan Program marks the achievement of an important goal, outlined in City Council’s Strategic Plan (2018-2022), made possible through significant investment by the City and the Green Municipal Fund delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and funded the Government of Canada.

To learn more about the Better Homes Kingston – Property Loan Program and to submit your application, visit CityofKingston.ca/BetterHomes.

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  • Dinah Jansen
    published this page in News 2022-04-11 12:48:26 -0400