Heat pump rebate – income qualified

Income-qualified customers who upgrade their primary electric space heating system, such as baseboards or an electric furnace, to an air source heat pump may be eligible for a $5,000 rebate on an eligible model. Heat pumps use less electricity than electric space heating systems and also provide air conditioning in the summer.

Providing income-qualified customers with enhanced rebates on high-efficiency upgrades helps support the Province’s CleanBC plan and is one of the ways we’re working toward our 30BY30 goal to reduce our customers’ greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30 per cent* by 2030.

*From 2007 levels.

Eligibility

  1. You must be a residential FortisBC or municipal electricity customer of Grand Forks, Penticton, Summerland or Nelson Hydro with only one active residential electricity account.
  2. Your combined annual household income (from all sources) must be below the maximum shown for your household size. Proof of income is required.

    Household size Maximum household income
    1 person $34,600
    2 people $43,100
    3 people $53,000
    4 people $64,300
    5 people $72,900
    6 people $82,300
    7 people $91,600
  3. The heat pump must be replacing an existing hard-wired electric heating system such as electric baseboards, radiant ceiling, radiant floors or a forced-air furnace. Back-up space heating systems must also be electric. Emergency replacements of broken electrical systems are not eligible. Replacing an existing heat pump or adding a head to an existing one is not eligible.
  4. The home must be a year-round primary residence that is at least 10 years old, no larger than 3,500 square feet and be one of the following: single-family; duplex; triplex; row home; townhouse or manufactured/mobile home on a permanent foundation.
  5. The new heat pump must be sufficiently sized to function as the primary heating system for the home.
    • For ductless systems, one indoor unit (head) must serve a main living area of the premises, including a family room, living room or open-concept kitchen/living room.
  6. The heat pump must be installed by a licensed heating and cooling contractor with a GST number and a valid BC business license. Self-installations are not eligible.
  7. Eligible heat pumps must be installed in accordance with the Heat Pump Best Practices Installation Guide for Existing Homes.

Review all the terms and conditions.

Rebate details

A professional heating and air conditioning contractor can help you identify the rebate-eligible model right for your home. In general, mini- or multi-split systems (also called “ductless” heat pumps) are good for homes with an existing electric heating system that does not use ducts, such as baseboards. Central heat pumps are for homes with a heating system with ducts, such as a furnace.

Upgrade Rebate Requirements

Air source heat pump - variable speed mini-split (single head)

$5,000
  • minimum Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF) of 10.00
  • minimum Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) of ≥ 16
  • with variable speed compressor
  • have an Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) certified reference number noting all components

Air source heat pump - variable speed multi-split (multiple heads)

Note: products with a maximum static pressure of less than 0.6” Water Column (WC) are considered mini- or multi-split systems.

$5,000  
  • minimum HSPF of 9.30
  • minimum SEER of 16
  • with variable speed compressor
  • have an AHRI certified reference number noting all components

Air source heat pump - central system, tier 1

$5,000
  • minimum HSPF of 9.30
  • minimum SEER of 16
  • with variable speed compressor
  • have an AHRI certified reference number noting all components

Air source heat pump - variable speed central system, tier 2

$5,000
  • minimum HSPF of 9.30
  • minimum SEER of 16
  • with variable speed compressor
  • have an AHRI certified reference number noting all components


How to apply

  1. If you wish, request a pre-qualification code. This will help the contractor installing your system know what rebates you're eligible for.
  2. Review the terms and conditions, purchase an eligible air source heat pump and have it installed by a licensed residential heating and cooling contractor with a GST number and a valid BC business license. You can find a contractor by searching our online directory.
  3. Complete the application form in full and submit it within one year of the installation date along with the following information:
    • your FortisBC electricity account number or municipal electricity account number from Grand Forks, Penticton, Summerland or Nelson Hydro
    • your email
    • your proof of income
    • a scanned copy of your paid invoice showing the details of all work (see sample invoice) performed including:
      • purchase date
      • make and model number
      • installation permit number
      • the heating contractor’s Technical Safety BC licence number
      • AHRI reference number or copy of AHRI certificate
      • number of tons
      • indication that a variable speed compressor has been installed (required for mini-split, multi-split and central, tier 2)
  4. Email your application to incomequalified@fortisbc.com. Note: applications may take up to 90 days to process.

How do I show proof of income?

Submit a copy of one of the following for each member of your household over 18 years of age.

  • Notice of Assessment (NOA): submit a copy of your NOA from the Canada Revenue Agencyfor a current income tax return. Black out all information except for your name, effective date and income (line 150 on NOA).
  • Social Assistance: submit your monthly cheque stub, or a printed copy of your Confirmation of Assistance if registered for My Self Serve.
  • Shelter Aid for Elderly Renters (SAFER):submit either your SAFER cheque stub, acknowledgment letter or benefit change letter from BC Housing.
  • Rental Assistance Program: submit your Rental Assistance Program acknowledgment or benefit change letter from BC Housing.
  • National Child Benefit Supplement:submit your benefit notice from Canada Revenue Agency.
  • Other income: if applicable, provide documentation of foreign, rental and/or other income.

How to get your Notice of Assessment

  • If you have your most current NOA, send us a copy with your application.
  • If you do not have your NOA, use Canada Revenue Agency’s My Account service to view and print a copy of your information.
  • You can also call them to request your NOA at 1-800-959-8281. Agents are available Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Third-party offers and services

Ecolighten Energy Solutions and IOE Consulting

As we work to continuously improve our programs, we’ll be asking a small percentage of applicants to provide access to their home to verify the installation and operation of their new heat pump. This work is being carried out by two of our third-party contractors, Ecolighten Energy Solutions and IOE Consulting.

The site visit may be conducted either in-person or virtually using an app such as FaceTime or Google Hangouts. Staff will always call or email in advance to book a site visit appointment with you. Their staff also carry photo ID badges identifying them as FortisBC contractors.

We’re here to help

If you have questions about any of our income-qualified rebates, call 1-855-909-2331 or email incomequalified@fortisbc.com.

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