Ottawa looking for 2,000 new energy auditors to get home retrofit program going

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OTTAWA — The federal government is looking to train 2,000 more people to do energy audits as it tries to get a new green home renovation program off the ground.

Natural Resources Minister Seamus O'Regan says the government will provide up to $10 million in contracts to recruit, train and mentor 2,000 energy advisers to advise people how to cut their home energy use.

The government is issuing a call for proposals Monday to anyone wanting to take on the job of training and recruiting the new workers.

They will then help provide the energy audits and advice needed for the Canada Greener Homes Grant to work.

The program unveiled last fall, but not yet launched, is to provide up to $5,000 grants to homeowners to make upgrades that curb their energy use, but requires a registered energy adviser to do a pre-renovation assessment and then a post-renovation evaluation.

It is but a mere fraction of the $40,000, interest-free loan program for home-energy retrofits Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised during the 2019 federal election.

All buildings in Canada, including homes, private businesses and public buildings, contribute almost one-fifth of the country's total greenhouse gas emissions each year, largely from the fuels used for heating and electricity.

Energy retrofits could include installing better windows, improving insulation, upgrading to a more efficient furnace or adding solar panels.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 17, 2021.

The Canadian Press