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Space heating is the largest use of energy in homes. A properly installed heat pump is two to three times more efficient than other alternatives and can provide you with both heating and cooling for today’s cold winters and hot summers.

A ductless mini-split (single-head) and multi-split (multi-head) heat pumps distributes heat and cooling without using ducting. Wall-mounted indoor heads provide zonal heating to the rooms in which the heads are installed. For more information, see What is a heat pump and what are its benefits?

Available Rebates

To access a rebate the installed system must meet the following performance requirements:

Heat Pump Type

Efficiency Requirements

Primary Fuel Before Upgrade

Rebate

Ductless mini-split heat pump SEER >16.00
HSPF >10.00
Variable Speed Compressor Required
FortisBC Electricity $1,200
BC Hydro Electricity $1,000
Wood or Solid Fuel $1,000
Fossil Fuel (Oil, Propane, or Natural Gas)
FortisBC electric territory
$3,000
Fossil Fuel (Oil, Propane, or Natural Gas)
BC Hydro electric territory
$6,000
Ductless multi-split heat pump SEER >16.00
HSPF >9.30
Variable Speed Compressor Required
FortisBC Electricity $1,200
BC Hydro Electricity $1,000
Wood or Solid Fuel $1,000
Fossil Fuel (Oil, Propane, or Natural Gas)
FortisBC electric territory
$3,000
Fossil Fuel (Oil, Propane, or Natural Gas)
BC Hydro electric territory
$6,000

Eligibility Requirements

  • You must live in an eligible home.
  • The home must be a year-round primary residence that is at least 12 months old.
  • You must have a residential utility account with FortisBC, BC Hydro, or a municipal utility.
  • Your home must be primarily heated (a primary heating system must have the capacity to heat a minimum of 50% of the home for the entire heating season to 21°C; a fireplace is not considered a primary heating system) with:
    • Natural Gas or piped-propane supplied by FortisBC
    • Natural Gas supplied by Pacific Northern Gas
    • Electricity supplied by FortisBC, BC Hydro, or a municipal utility
    • Oil or propane not supplied by FortisBC
    • Wood or other solid fuels
  • If the home is heated with electricity supplied by BC Hydro, the home must meet a minimum electricity consumption. Use the BC Hydro Home Renovation Rebate program eligibility tool to determine whether your home meets the minimum electricity consumption rates.
  • All upgrades must be installed by a licensed contractor with a GST number and a valid B.C. business license for the trade applicable to the upgrade being installed (e.g. Heat pumps must be installed by a licensed residential heating and cooling contractor). Self-installations are not eligible.
  • You may be eligible for one primary space heating system rebate per home, regardless of the number of systems installed.

Upgrade Requirements

  • The new heat pump must:
  • The primary back up system must not be natural gas, oil or propane. Homes with natural gas or propane fireplaces are eligible if the fireplace is a secondary heating system.
  • If you are replacing an electric heating system:
    • Your old electric system must be hard-wired (for example, baseboards or an electric furnace) and the back-up system must be electric.
    • Replacing an existing heat pump or adding a head to an existing heat pump is not eligible.
    • Emergency replacement of broken electric systems is not eligible.
  • If you are replacing a fossil fuel (oil, propane or natural gas) heating system:
    • The fossil fuel heating system must be removed or decommissioned.
    • Emergency replacement of broken fossil fuel heating systems are eligible.
    • Homes in Non-integrated Areas of electricity grid must contact betterhomesbc@gov.bc.ca for pre-approval prior to installation.
  • If you are replacing a wood or solid fuel heating system:
    • The existing wood or solid fuel heating system may be retained in safe and working order or removed in accordance with all applicable laws. If you are keeping your wood or solid fuel heating system, you must submit a copy of an inspection report completed by a Wood Energy Technology Transfer Inc. (WETT)-certified professional, as well as before and after photos of your wood or solid fuel heating system’s removal.
      • The inspection report must be dated within the 12 month period before or 6 month period following the date of the heat pump installation invoice and include the inspector’s WETT certification number, the installation address of the wood or solid fuel heating system, and whether the installation is compliant with relevant codes.
    • The back-up system must be wood or electric. Fossil fuel back-up systems (dual fuel systems) are not eligible for wood-to-electric upgrades.

 

How to Apply

  1. Carefully read the Program Requirements and Additional Terms and Conditions to confirm your eligibility.
  2. Purchase an eligible heat pump and have it installed by a licensed contractor.
  3. If you are converting from oil, propane, or natural gas to a heat pump, include fossil fuel system removal or decommissioning documentation.
  4. Once your upgrades are installed, complete the online application and upload all supporting documentation including copies of all receipts and invoices. See sample invoices.
    • If you are a BC Hydro Electric customer completing an electric system upgrade to a heat pump or if you are converting to a heat pump from natural gas, propane, oil or wood, use this online form.
    • If you are a FortisBC Electric customer completing an electric system upgrade to a heat pump, use this online form.
    • Important Note: if you are submitting an application for a bonus offer that includes both a heat pump and a natural gas fireplace or natural gas hot water heater, use this online form.

Deadlines

  • The application form for individual upgrades must be submitted within 6 months of the invoice date of the upgrade.

Other

  • Low-Interest Financing  is available as an alternative to heat pump rebates.
  • For more information on the minimum electricity consumption requirement for homes heated with electricity provided by BC Hydro, see: What does Minimum Electricity Consumption mean?
  • Check out our rebate search tool for other energy efficiency upgrades rebates.
  • Did you see a building science or energy efficiency term you did not understand? Check out our glossary.
  • This rebate is funded, in part, by the Province of British Columbia and the Government of Canada.
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