Saving energy for non-profit organizations
If you’re a housing provider or a registered charity that serves income-qualified people—including social housing, co-op housing or Indigenous housing—our rebates and programs1 can help you save on energy costs and improve your residents’ homes.
Make your buildings and common areas more energy-efficient
Whether you’re replacing a boiler or renovating a multi-unit social housing building, our financial incentives can help make your energy-efficiency improvements happen. For details, visit each program page or contact your key account manager or technical advisor.
Programs for housing providers
Social housing retrofit support program
If your non-profit organization is upgrading a multi-unit residential building, you may be eligible for funding for an energy study (up to $5,000), project implementation support (up to $7,000) and various rebates for upgrades to save electricity and natural gas. Learn more about this program and contact your key account manager to apply.
New construction rebates
If you’re constructing a new multi-unit residential, institutional or mixed-use building, you may be eligible for energy performance rebates based on the BC Energy Step Code. For projects with an indoor area of no more than 50,000 square feet, rebates
are available through the Small Commercial New Construction Program. Projects
larger than 50,000 square feet may be eligible for the Commercial New Construction Performance Program.
Rebates for natural gas equipment
Get rebates of up to $75,000 for installing eligible high-efficiency boilers to heat an existing or new building. Learn more about eligible equipment and how to apply.
Get rebates of up to $21,000 for installing eligible high-efficiency central water heaters to supply domestic hot water to multiple units in an existing or new building. Learn more about qualifying models and how to apply.
Rebates for electrical equipment2
Save up to $185 per unit on upgrading to high-efficiency LED lighting, signage and controls for common areas of your building, including parkade and exterior luminaires. Find out what products are eligible and how to apply.
Foodservice and laundry equipment
If you have a commercial kitchen or laundry facilities to serve income-qualified people, you can get rebates of up to $2,800 on ENERGY STAR® certified cooking equipment, dishwashers or commercial clothes washers, or up to $6,600 per exhaust hood for demand-controlled ventilation systems. Find out more about eligible appliances and how to apply.
Heat pumps and electric water heaters
Save on the costs of electric heating and cooling with rebates of up to $600 per ton for high-efficiency cold climate, variable refrigerant flow and packaged terminal heat pumps, or $1,000 per ENERGY STAR certified heat pump water heater. Find out more about how to find eligible models and apply.
If your facility serves income-qualified people, you can get rebates of up to $1,450 per unit on ENERGY STAR certified commercial refrigerators, freezers and ice machines. Rebates are also available for upgrading display cases and controls for coolers and vending machines to high efficiency. Learn more about how to find eligible equipment and apply.
Variable speed drives
Get rebates of up to $140 per motor hp for retrofitting existing motors and fans to improve the energy efficiency of the HVAC and exhaust systems in your building. Learn more about equipment requirements and how to apply.
Deliver energy-saving upgrades to income-qualified residents
Non-profit housing providers can have our programs for income-qualified residents3 delivered to multiple homes in a complex. This can help them save on energy bills and improve the comfort of their homes.
Energy Conservation Assistance Program
Your residents can get a free home energy evaluation, installation of energy-saving products and advice on saving energy. Some homes may qualify for an ENERGY STAR® certified refrigerator, insulation or a high-efficiency natural gas furnace at no cost.4 We work with you to help deliver this program to multiple homes that you manage. Learn more about how the program works and contact our program partner, It’s On Electric, at 1-855-560-3227 if you have questions.
Rebates for natural gas heating systems
Furnaces and boilers
If your organization provides townhouses, duplexes or detached houses with natural gas heating, you can get rebates of $2,000 to $3,000 per unit for replacing furnaces or boilers that are at least 10 years old with eligible ENERGY STAR certified models. Learn more about which heating systems are eligible and request applications for social housing providers by contacting your key account manager.
If your residences have individual natural gas water heaters, you can get rebates of $500 to $2,500 for replacing existing water heaters with eligible ENERGY STAR certified models. Learn more about which types of water heaters are eligible and request applications for social housing providers by contacting your key account manager.
We’re here to help
If you have questions about these programs, contact your technical advisor or key account manager.
Chris Alionis, key account manager for affordable housing and multi-unit residential buildings
1Terms and conditions apply, which can be found on webpages for each program. FortisBC may modify or cancel programs at any time without notice.
2Programs for electricity customers of FortisBC and municipal utilities of Penticton, Summerland, Grand Forks and Nelson Hydro.
3Income qualified means that the resident's total household income from all sources (including rental and/or foreign income) is within program limits. See current information on income thresholds by household size.