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Conservative environment plan includes tax credit for green home improvements

MP Tom Lukiwski writes about the Green Home Tax Credit
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MP Tom Lukiwski

Under a new Conservative government led by Andrew Scheer, Canadian homeowners will be eligible for the new Green Homes Tax Credit to make energy efficient home improvements affordable. 

“For so many Canadians, making our homes energy efficient is too expensive. This makes it difficult for Canadians to play a meaningful role in the fight against climate change,” said Tom Lukiwski, Member of Parliament for Moose Jaw – Lake Centre – Lanigan. “Under A Real Plan to Protect Our Environment, Andrew Scheer will make it more affordable for Canadians to lower their emissions by making their homes more energy efficient.” 

With the Green Homes Tax Credit (GHTC), Canadians will be eligible to receive a 20 per cent refundable credit on their income tax for green improvements to their homes of over $1,000 and up to $20,000. This will allow Canadians to save up to $3,800 on their renovations each year.

Green improvements could include:

  • installation of high-quality insulation; 
  • investments in high-efficiency furnaces; 
  • replacement of doors and windows with more efficient models; 
  • upgrading of ventilation, heating and cooling systems; and, 
  • installation of solar panels.

“Green home improvements do not just lower emissions; they can save Canadians money on bills through lower energy costs. The Green Home Tax Credit will help families install energy-saving products and technologies so that they can realize savings on their bills in the long-term,” said Lukiwski. 

A Real Plan to Protect Our Environment focuses on green technology, not taxes as the best way to lower emissions at home. 

The Green Homes Tax Credit (GHTC) will be a two-year plan to help Canadians adopt green solutions for their homes. 

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication.