The federal government is suspending a program which offered people financial incentives to have their homes evaluated for energy efficiency and then perform upgrades to improve the rating.
Under the ecoEnergy Retrofit program, homeowners could receive a grant of up to $5,000 to carry out energy saving improvements.
The program technically runs until March 31, 2011, but the government will not accept bookings for pre-retrofit evaluations after midnight Wednesday. Homeowners who have already booked an appointment, have completed an evaluation, or applied for re-entry into the program have until next year to apply for the retrofit grant.
On the program’s official website, the federal government said it was “committed to reviewing its energy efficiency and emissions reductions programs to ensure they continue to be an effective and efficient use of Canadian tax dollars.”
The Conservatives launched the ecoEnergy Retrofit program in April 2007. By 2009, the government had paid out $91 million to homeowners for more than 85,000 home retrofits.
Liberal MPP David McGuinty told the Globe and Mail newspaper the program had become too popular and, therefore, too costly.
“Here is what has really happened — demand tripled since 2007,” the Globe quoted McGuinty as saying.
The federal budget unveiled on March 4 included an additional $80 million for the retrofit program.
Many provinces, such as Ontario, match the federal rebates. Those programs are expected to continue.
For details from the federal government, see the link below.
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Rocco Rossi will not have to keep his promise to kill Transit City. Dalton and the Liberals may have done it for him? Is this one of the “dumbest decisions ever made?” The government seems to be following in the footsteps of its predescesors and the Mike Harris Progressive Conservatives, when similar projects were ended without understanding the long-term investment in Transit for a viable city. What do you think? Who is fighting for Toronto and the G.T.A?
The G.T.A Patriot
Fri, 2010-03-26 05:40.
As a part of the Thursday’s provincial budget the McGuinty government announced a belt-tightening of $4 billion over five years that will derail the expansion of public transit projects, essentially cutting Mayor David Miller’s Transit City funding by half.
In a press conference in his city hall office, a seething Miller says he’s “beyond disappointed” by the cuts.
Miller says this is unacceptable to him and it should be to the people of Toronto.
“You don’t balance budget’s by stopping building the future–that’s the job of the government”
Liberal budget swipes away Transit City funding
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