There are many incentives available for new buildings that are built beyond the BC Building Code.

BC Energy Step Code

Please note - Step Code incentive funds for 2019 have been fully subscribed.

The City of Campbell River offers financial incentives for new energy efficient residential buildings that are constructed to meet the BC Energy Step Code.

The BC Energy Step Code is a Provincial initiative introduced in April 2017 to increase energy-efficiency requirements for new buildings, through an amendment to the BC Building Code. The Energy Step Code is a series of progressive performance targets (steps) that supports market transformation of new construction to meet a standard above the current base BC Building Code.  

For more information about the BC Energy step code including, what it means for builders in Campbell River and the incentives available through the City of Campbell River, watch our BC Energy Step Code animated short film.

Step Code Steps
The City provides incentives for the different steps for new Part 9 residential buildings.




  Step 2

  $500 for all building types (per building, not per unit)

  Covers approximately 50% of Energy Advisor costs

  April 2018 to June    1, 2019

  Step 3

  $750 single family homes

  $1250 all other housing typologies (per building, not per unit)

  April 2018 to     
  December 31,       

  Step 3

  Electrically heated homes:

  Additional $2,000 incentive for construction using electricity. This is to 
  match the Fortis BC incentive for construction using natural gas, and   
  encourage an energy source that uses lower greenhouse gas           

  April 2018 to
  December 31,

  Step 4

  Up to 50% building permit fee rebate for all construction types


  Step 5

  Up to 100% building permit fee rebate for all construction types




Incentives are available starting April 1, 2018, while funding is available. Applications for the incentives
can be completed with the project’s Building Permit Application.

Contact Development Services for more information and training opportunities: or 250-286-5757
To learn more about the BC Energy Step Code, visit:

FortisBC New Home Program Rebates

FortisBC offers a range of energy efficiency incentives for new construction through two options for building permits dated up to and including March 29, 2018: whole home option or through the installation of high-efficiency natural gas appliances.

  • Up to $2000 if a home is constructed to ENERGY STAR for New Home Standard
  • Appliance incentives for natural gas:
    • Water heaters (maximum two/dwelling) – up to $1000/unit
    • Fireplaces (maximum five/dwelling) – up to $300/unit
    • Driers (maximum two/dwelling) – up to $100/unit

For permits dated after March 29, 2018, the New Home Program will align with the steps of the BC Energy Step Code. More information will be available soon.

To learn more, visit:

Mortgage Loan Insurance Refund

Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation Green Home offers a premium refund to borrowers using CMHC-insured financing who build for energy efficiency.

Contact CMHC for more information: CMHC, or 1-800-668-2642


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