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    Ontario Cancels GreenON Rebate Program

    The incoming Ford government cancelled the province's rebate program for replacement windows that promised up to $5,000 for homeowners who upgraded to energy-efficient fenestration products.

    The GreenON website says homeowners will still be able to get cash back for upgrades if they submit a rebate application by September 30, 2018 for work that’s contracted to be completed by August 31, 2018. 

    The program appears to be coming to an end because of Doug Ford’s elevation to the premiership of Ontario after his Progressive Conservative party took 76 of 124 seats in elections for the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in early June. Ford wants to pull Ontario out of a cap-and-trade market that was poised to provide more than $350 million for the GreenON rebate program. Ford made campaign promises to reduce Ontario’s gas prices by 10 cents per liter and cut electricity rates to spur more manufacturing investment in the province.

    GreenON is part of the province’s Climate Change Action Plan, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 15 percent below 1990 levels by 2020 and to 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. Ontario’s cap-and-trade carbon market auctions raised more than $1.9 billion in 2017, according to the CBC.

    Source: Door & Window Market Magazine