Residential Construction Rebate Program Launched in Newfoundland

The Residential Construction Rebate Program will allow homeowners to save money on construction and renovation projects, while also helping to stimulate the economy and employment in the province’s construction industry.

HPBA Canada has clarified that new installations as well as retrofits of both solid-fuel and gas hearth appliances are eligible for rebate as part of this program.

This program applies to projects contracted between June 8 and August 7, 2020 and started on or after June 8, 2020, with work substantially completed by March 31, 2021.

Renovation Projects

A 25 per cent rebate is available for renovation projects for principal residences, up to a maximum rebate of $10,000 (based on a $40,000 project).

New Home Construction

A rebate of $10,000 is available for new home construction on homes valued up to $350,000 before HST.

The rebate will apply to work on a primary residence contracted within a 60-day period from the start of COVID-19 Alert Level 3, and the project must be substantially complete by March 31, 2021. To qualify, homeowners must use an eligible contractor, which includes those who have general liability insurance and are registered (i.e., HST registered, valid Business Number or Workers Compensation registered). 

For further information about this program or questions, please contact:

Canadian Home Builders’ Association NL
48 Welland Street
St. John’s, NL A1E 6C1
T: 709-753-2000
TF: 1-800-265-2800

BC Regulatory Update: New Wood Burning Regulations and PST

Please read the following and see the attached documents regarding important regulatory information on:
1) BC Ministry of Finance: The Use of PST as a Retailer
2) BC Ministry of Environment’s New Wood Burning Regulations

Understanding BC PST for Retailers & Installers

It was brought to our attention by the Ministry of Finance that they have encountered several cases involving the misuse of PST within the hearth, patio and barbecue industries. The Ministry of Finance wants to emphasize that if your business makes retail sales of goods and also installs goods into buildings or land, you are considered a contractor doing business in BC and there are Provincial Sales Tax rules you need to be aware of. In the attached document, you will find links to information pages provided by the ministry as well as contact information. Make sure you know and get the PST right!

BC’s Ministry of Environment’s New Solid Fuel Burning Domestic Appliance Regulation

British Columbia has instated new Solid Fuel Burning Appliance Regulations. In an effort to reduce the amount of particulate matter produced from wood burning appliances, the Ministry of Environment has stated that as of November 1, 2016, all new wood burning appliances sold in BC are to be certified to meet PM emissions standards set by the US EPA 2015 (4.5 gm/hr) or equivalent standards set by the Canadian Standards Association in 2010. The regulation also specifies what fuels may be burned, and has provisions around the sale and installation of outdoor wood boilers. The new regulation does not affect existing wood stoves or fireplaces.


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