Energy Savings Program oil to heat pump rebates

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.
Based on your household income, the CleanBC Better Homes Energy Savings Program covers up to 100% of the upgrade cost for households switching from oil to an electric heat pump. For more information, see What is a heat pump and what are its benefits?

Energy Savings Program oil to heat pump rebates


Rebate amount

Up to $16,000 (plus northern top-up)

Who can apply

B.C. citizens who live in an eligible home, meet income qualification requirements, and have residential utility accounts with BC Hydro, FortisBC, or municipal utility


The application and supporting documentation must be submitted by the program registered contractor within six (6) months of the invoice date

Qualifying products

Upgrades must be installed by an program registered contractor and be on the qualified product list

Funding provided by

The Government of Canada, the Province of British Columbia and BC Hydro

For assistance with this program, contact an Energy Saving Program Energy Coach by email at or by phone at 1-833-856-0333.

Rebate amount

Learn more about the three income levels that are eligible for rebates.

Upgrade Type

Income level 1

Income level 2

Income level 3

Central ducted and 3-head multi-split heat pumps $16,000 $12,000 $10,500
2-head multi-split or 2 single-head mini-split heat pumps
(Must install a minimum of two indoor heads)
$14,000 $10,500 $10,000
Single-head mini-split heat pump $10,000 $10,000 $10,000
Northern top-up for central ducted, multi-splits or 2 mini-splits* $3,000 $3,000 N/A
Northern top-up for single head mini-split* $1,500 $1,500 N/A

*To be eligible for the northern top-up, homes must be located north of and including the District of 100 Mile House (latitude 51.628°N) and must be connected to BC Hydro electric service.

Energy Savings Program rebates cannot be combined with rebates from the CleanBC Better Homes and Home Renovation Rebate Program or other provincial or utility offers for the same upgrade.


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Check out other available rebates for the Energy Savings Program at

Eligibility requirements

In order to qualify for this rebate, all of the following requirements must be met. Please read them carefully. Contact an Energy Savings Program Coach if you have questions.


Income qualification requirements

Rebate coverage is based on the combined income of all adults in your home and how many people live in your home, including adults and children.

Learn more about the three income levels that are eligible for rebates.


Requirements for the home

You must live in an eligible home:

  • The property must be a year-round primary residence, that is at least 12 months old.
  • For participants registering in the program as income levels 1 or 2, the property must have a total assessed value at or under $1,230,000 in the BC Assessment listing for the address of the applicant’s home in the year of program registration.
  • If a household meets the income threshold of any of the levels in the table above, but the home is valued at or higher than the property value of $1,230,000, they will be approved as an income level 3 participant.
  • You must have a residential utility account with FortisBC, BC Hydro, or a municipal utility.
  • You must pay your own energy utility bills. Utility accounts must be in the name of the resident and/or homeowner; utility accounts in the name of a strata corporation or landlord are not eligible.
  • The home must be one of the following types of residential buildings:
    • Single-family home (detached dwelling).
    • Secondary suite in a single-family home (detached dwelling), with its own separate utility meter.
    • Mobile home that is permanently fixed, sits on a foundation and is structurally complete with installed and connected plumbing, heating, electrical, water and sewer services; towing apparatus and axle must be removed.
    • Duplex, triplex, row home or townhome, where each unit has its own natural gas and/or electricity meter; utility accounts must be in the name of the resident and/or homeowner. Utility accounts in the name of a strata corporation are not eligible.
  • If you currently rent your home, you will need a landlord consent form to accompany your application.
  • You must pre-register and receive an eligibility code before completing the upgrade.
  • The home must be primarily heated by one of the following:
    • natural gas, propane or oil
    • electricity (hard-wired electric heating systems such as electric baseboards, radiant ceilings, radiant floors, or forced-air furnace/boiler).
    • wood or other solid fuels.


Requirements for your contractor

New heat pumps must be installed:


Requirements for the upgrade

  • You must pre-register and receive an eligibility code before completing the upgrade.
  • The home must meet a minimum oil consumption baseline of 500 litres annually. Proof of oil consumption from the 12 months prior to application must be submitted at the time of application, such as receipts, fuel bills or invoices.
  • The new heat pump must:
    • Be capable of distributing heat throughout all the conditioned space in the house served previously by the primary heating system.
    • Meet or exceed SEER ≥ 16.0, HSPF ≥ 10.0 (Region IV) or SEER2 ≥ 15.2, HSPF2 ≥ 8.5 (Region IV)*.
    • Replace the existing fossil fuel heating system and all fossil fuel heating equipment (piping, appliances, fuel containers, vents and associated infrastructure) must be removed in accordance with all applicable laws.
    • Have a minimum capacity of 12,000 BTU (1 ton).
    • Have a variable speed compressor.
    • Serve a main living area (e.g. family room, living room, or open-concept kitchen-living room).
    • Have an AHRI certified reference number that references all components of the heat pump.
    • Be listed as a qualified system on the qualified heat pump product list for B.C.
    • Central ducted heat pumps must have a static pressure ≥0.6” WC.
    • Meet these additional design and capacity requirements.

*The CleanBC Energy Savings Program will accept either the HSPF/SEER or HSPF2/SEER2 testing standard data from AHRI. The new HSPF2/SEER2 testing standard tests heat pumps to a higher standard that better represents homes in Canada, resulting in different efficiency data. An eligible heat pump that meets either the HSPF/SEER requirements or the HSPF2/SEER2 requirements and is on our qualified product list will qualify for a rebate.

Replacing a fossil fuel (oil, propane, or natural gas) heating system
  • The fossil fuel heating system must be removed.
  • Emergency replacement of broken fossil fuel heating systems are eligible.
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The application and supporting documentation must be submitted by the program registered contractor within six (6) months of the invoice date.

How to apply

Before you begin

  1. Confirm eligibility by reviewing the Rebate Eligibility RequirementsParticipant Terms and Conditions, and Contractor Terms and Conditions.
  2. Complete the program’s pre-screen and pre-registration to determine your eligibility through the CleanBC Energy Savings Program participant portal. Once confirmed you will receive an eligibility code and opportunities report, outlining your suggested upgrades. You can also make an appointment with an Energy Savings Program coach or schedule a virtual assessment for pre-registration assistance or support to identify the best upgrades for your home.
  3. Customer must choose an program registered contractor to complete the upgrade.
  4. After completing the upgrade, the contractor will submit the rebate application and deduct the rebate from the final cost of the upgrade.

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Who to contact

Questions about the rebate?

Contact an Energy Coach to get clarification or help with understanding this rebate.

Questions about your application?

Program updates

April 01, 2024 - Eligibility code expiration update

Effective April 1, 2024, the CleanBC Income Qualified Program will introduce a 12-month effective period for eligibility codes. Eligibility codes for applications received on or after April 1, 2024, are valid for upgrades completed within 12 months of the participants approval date. Beyond this date participants must re-apply to determine their eligibility.

October 01 2022 - Updated Requirements for Heat Pumps

As of October 01 2022, eligibility requirements for ductless mini-split, ductless multi-split, Tier 2 central ducted, and dual fuel ducted heat pumps have changed.

  • Heat pumps must meet new energy efficiency requirements:
    • SEER: >16.00
    • HSPF: >10.00
  • Ductless multi-split heat pumps must have at least two indoor heads installed

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