RELEASE — If you’re looking to retrofit your Kingston home, it’s never been easier. Today the City of Kingston, in partnership with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, celebrated the launch of Better Homes Kingston, a property-loan program that will help residents make their homes more efficient.
“Energy retrofits increase the efficiency of a home, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and make that dwelling more comfortable by regulating temperature, air moisture, and more. But we know that the upfront cost of these renovations can deter a lot of people from acting and making these positive changes,” said Coun. Mayor Rita Holland, at the program’s launch event held in the Kingscourt neighbourhood.
“Better Homes Kingston will tear down barriers to build a more sustainable community,” Holland added.
Better Homes Kingston is a local improvement charge (LIC) financing program that will assist homeowners with interest free loans to renovate their homes. Through the program, residents will have free access to an energy coach, who will help them determine and prioritize the most effective retrofits for their home and support them throughout the entire process.
Several partners have provided their support for Better Homes Kingston including the Federation of Canadian Municipalities through the federally-funded Green Municipal Fund, which supports local innovation that can be replicated and scaled up across the country to tackle Canada’s climate challenges.
Mark Gerretsen, member of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands, lauded the City of Kingston for our action on the climate emergency, and underlined how this federally supported program will have economic and environmental benefits.
“Better Homes Kingston will create more good jobs in the energy and renovation sector, putting money in the hands of hardworking people and helping Kingstonians live in more comfortable and efficient homes.”
Chris Boivin, Managing Director of the Green Municipal Fund and Chief Development Officer at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities added, “On behalf of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, we are proud to partner with the City of Kingston to provide a program that will help homeowners reduce their carbon footprint and help Canada meet its national climate goals.”
To learn more about the Better Homes Kingston – Property Loan Program and to submit your application, visit CityofKingston.ca/BetterHomes.