Jun 19, 2018

By Michael Kramer

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A number of rebates offered by the Ontario government for energy-efficient renovations have been cancelled.

Several residential and commercial rebate programs – including those for ground source heat pumps – and smart thermostats for homes – are now closed.

But the website says rebates will be honoured for homeowners who submit an application by September 30th – or who have a signed work agreement with a participating contractor for work to be completed by August 31st.

The rebate program was announced last year by the former Liberal government – and funded through proceeds from Ontario’s cap-and-trade program through a provincial agency called the Green Ontario Fund.

The cancellation comes after Ontario’s incoming premier said he would carry out his campaign promise – to scrap the cap-and-trade system and fight federal rules that would impose a carbon tax on provinces – without their own carbon pricing system.

Doug Ford said last week that getting rid of cap-and-trade would be his first order of business once the legislature resumes.

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