Home Energy Loan Program (HELP)
Thank you for your interest in HELP!
PROGRAM UPDATE APRIL 2022:
HELP is now full. We are still accepting applications which will be added to the waitlist to be processed in the order they are received if additional funding becomes available. However, we do not have an estimated timeline for when that might be.
In the meantime, we encourage you to look at Canada Greener Homes, the Residential Equipment Replacement Rebate Program, the Saskatchewan Home Renovation Tax Credit, and talk to your financial institution to finance your retrofit.
Before applying for the program, ensure that you and your project meet the eligibility criteria and read the HELP Program Guide.
The Home Energy Loan Program (HELP) was developed to help Saskatoon homeowners improve energy efficiency, install renewable energy, or reduce water use by offering low interest loans to cover the upfront costs of these upgrades. Loans between $1,000 and $60,000 are available to homeowners residing in the city of Saskatoon for eligible retrofits. These loans are offered at a low interest rate and are repaid through property taxes over 5, 10, or 20 year terms. HELP is not intended for smaller changes such as switching to LED lights, or installing a low-flow shower head. Instead, it is meant for larger home upgrades.
Why get a HELP loan?
A HELP loan provides a low-interest option to cover the upfront costs associated with renovating your home for energy efficiency or renewable energy. The loan balance can be repaid early at any time, without penalty.
A HELP loan is attached to the property, not the individual. This means if you move before your loan is paid off, the new owner of that home can continue to make the loan payments as they will receive the benefit from the upgrades.1
Investing in energy efficiency, water conservation, and renewable energy in your home will save money in the long term by reducing your utility bills. Homes are also more comfortable and healthier due to less drafts and better air quality. Making these changes to your home is also part of the solution to slow down climate change by reducing household greenhouse gas emissions.
Am I eligible?
Owners of single-family residential homes including detached homes, semi-detached homes, and row housing, within Saskatoon City limits are eligible for HELP.
The home being renovated must:
- Not have any outstanding or delinquent taxes
- Be a single-family residential home
- Be located within the city of Saskatoon
- Be an existing home, new homes under construction are not eligible for the program
The applicant must:
- Be an individual
- Be the owner of the home where upgrades are being installed
- Be in “good standing” regarding City utility bills, taxes, and any other municipal charges
If you are already participating in a property tax deferral program with the City such as a lead line replacement loan, you are still eligible to apply for this program.
What are the terms for a HELP loan?
The minimum loan to participate in the program is $1,000. The maximum loan amount for this program is $40,000, unless you can provide proof that your project will reduce your homes energy consumption by 50% or more, then you can receive a maximum loan of $60,000.
There is a $500 administration fee to participate in the program. If you can provide proof of low income, this administration fee can be waived.
Homeowners can choose the repayment term that best suits their needs options include:
|Term Length (years)||Interest Rate|
Eligible projects for this program are included in the table below. Any home upgrades outside of this list are ineligible for a HELP Loan.
|Project Category||Eligible Projects|
*Denotes products must be ENERGY STAR rated for locate climate region or Water Sense Certified
How do I apply?
Before applying for the program, ensure that you and your project meet the eligibility criteria and read the HELP Program Guide. Once you have completed this, you can proceed to the Application Resources and Forms webpage and start the application process.
The program process for HELP includes 5 steps. The roadmap below provides a summary of these steps.
Pre-vetted contractor list
Looking for a pre-vetted contractor to complete your project? The list below includes contractors who have met the City’s qualifications and registered for the contractor list. The City is not responsible for the quality of work performed by contractors on this list.
Choosing a contractor outside of this list or completing a project yourself are also allowed under the program. However, you will not be reimbursed for any labour costs on do-it-yourself projects
EnerGuide Home Energy Advisors
EnerGuide home energy efficiency evaluations for the program can be scheduled directly through one of the service organization's below, or if you would like to receive a rebate from the Government of Canada for your energy evaluation, you can register for the Canada Greener Homes Grant Program, and select your evaluation company during your registration.
Interested in additional grants? Learn more and register for the Canada Greener Homes Grant.