CEIP Qualified Contractors

Unlock opportunities in the energy efficiency and renewable energy sector

With the Clean Energy Improvement Program (CEIP) your customers will save energy and money with energy-efficient and renewable energy upgrades, and increase their property’s comfort and value.

This program can make it easier for customers to bundle upgrades and take on larger retrofits thanks to CEIP’s flexible financing options. CEIP offers competitive financing to cover up to 100 per cent of project costs and makes repayment convenient through your customer’s regular property tax bill.

CEIP Qualified Contractors are energy efficiency and renewable energy organizations that support property owners with their CEIP projects.

Qualified Contractors are required to adhere to the Qualified Contractor Terms and Conditions, Qualified Contractor Code of Conduct and Issue Escalation Framework, and Marketing Guidelines during the full period they are listed in the Qualified Contractor Directory. These documents may be amended from time to time by the AMSC.

It is the Qualified Contractor’s responsibility to visit this website at least once every month to become aware of any amendments posted.

How to become a CEIP Qualified Contractor

CEIP Qualified Contractors are energy efficiency and renewable energy organizations that support property owners with their CEIP projects.

We invite electricians, plumbers, HVAC technicians, energy auditors, window, insulation, and solar installers that service participating municipalities to apply.

Service Organizations, Energy Auditors and subcontractors who also install or otherwise provide a product or service for an upgrade must become a CEIP Qualified Contractor and be listed on the Contractor Directory.

We will support you so you can provide customers with the right information as they move through the CEIP application process.

Only CEIP Qualified Contractors are eligible to work on CEIP projects.

  1. ApplyComplete the Qualified Contractor Application Form. Your application will be reviewed within 5 business days.
  2. OnboardingOnce your application is assessed, you are required to complete a short onboarding session to understand your role as a CEIP Qualified Contractor and how your customers will navigate through the program.
  3. DirectoryWhen onboarding is complete, your business information will be included in our Qualified Contractor Directory (coming soon).

If any changes are required, or we have questions about your application, you will be notified by email.

Useful definitions

When completing the Qualified Contractor Application Form, you’ll be asked to identify your business as a Parent Company, Branch or Satellite, Independent, or Franchise. Here is what we mean:

Parent Company

A Parent Company that controls and oversees another company or companies (branch, satellite or franchise) and can directly influence that business’ operations.

Branch or Satellite

A branch or satellite location is part of a Parent Company but is physically separated from the main office.

FRANCHISE

A franchise has access to a franchisor’s proprietary business knowledge, processes and trademarks, thus allowing the franchisee to sell a product or service under the franchisor’s business name (in this application called Parent Company).

If you are applying as a branch or satellite office, or franchise company, Parent Company information must be submitted first. After you submit your Parent Company information, refresh the Contractor Application Form. You will then be able to apply as a branch, satellite or franchise, and be able to select your Parent Company from the dropdown list.

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The Qualified Contractor Application Form will take about 10 minutes to complete. Prior to starting an application form, please review the Qualified Contractor Terms and Conditions, Qualified Contractor Code of Conduct and Issue Escalation Framework, and Marketing Guidelines.

What’s new

On August 18, 2021, the CEIP Qualified Contractor Terms and Conditions and Code of Conduct and Issue Escalation Framework updated the definition of “NRCan Certified Home Energy Evaluation” or “Home Energy Evaluation” to specify a version 15 EnerGuide Home Energy Evaluation. It previously referred to version 15.5.

Stay up to date on Qualified Contractor-specific information by signing up for email updates here.


Qualified Contractor Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Qualified Contractor onboarding quiz required for each contributing team member or just one per company? Do all my staff members need to pass the test?

The onboarding quiz only needs to be taken by one staff member of the company who will be involved in CEIP project.

However, the Qualified Contractor must ensure that all personnel adheres to the CEIP Qualified Contractor Terms and Conditions. “Personnel” means all personnel involved in the development and/or provision of CEIP services and/or CEIP deliverables by a Qualified Contractor, whether they are employees, subcontractors or other agents of the Qualified Contractor engaged in CEIP-eligible services.

Will the incidental work need to be completed by a Qualified Contractor, too?

Incidental costs are costs expended on preparation or upgrading of the property that is incidental to the clean energy improvement but required for successful execution. For example, roof repairs required for the installation of a rooftop solar project. Incidental costs (that are financed under the program) cannot exceed 15% of the total capital cost of the upgrade.

Any incidental work financed under the program must be completed by a Qualified Contractor.

What Qualified Contractor requirements are needed when dealing with specialized projects (i.e., changes to a building envelope when dealing with moisture management)? Does AMSC require a Qualified Contractor to take any specialized courses?

Qualified Contractors must maintain all relevant licenses and permits required by the federal, provincial, and/or municipal government, or any other agencies with jurisdiction over the course of services performed during the program, including all relevant licenses or permits for staff or subcontractors engaged in the fulfilment of services performed through the Program. Please review the CEIP Qualified Contractor Terms and Conditions for more information.

Are engineers considered Qualified Contractors?

As per the CEIP Regulation, all work related to the installation of a clean energy improvement must be completed by a Qualified Contractor. If the engineer is completing work related to the installation of a clean energy improvement, then they must be either a Qualified Contractor or an employee of a Qualified Contractor.

The Qualified Contractor must ensure that all personnel adheres to the CEIP Qualified Contractor Terms and Conditions. “Personnel” means all personnel involved in the development and/or provision of CEIP services and/or CEIP deliverables by a Qualified Contractor, whether they are employees, subcontractors or other agents of the Qualified Contractor engaged in CEIP-eligible services.

Do Service Organizations and/or Energy Advisors need to become Qualified Contractors to work on a CEIP project?

Yes, if a property owner is planning to apply for CEIP, then their Service Organization and/or Qualified Contractor must become a CEIP Qualified Contractor prior to their home energy evaluation.

Do the structural engineers, required in the design of a solar PV array, need to be Qualified Contractors?

As per the Clean Energy Improvements Regulation, all work related to the installation of a clean energy improvement must be completed by a Qualified Contractor. If the structural engineer is completing work related to the installation of the solar array, then they must be either a Qualified Contractor or an employee of a Qualified Contractor.

The Qualified Contractor must ensure that all personnel adheres to the CEIP Qualified Contractor Terms and Conditions. “Personnel” means all personnel involved in the development and/or provision of CEIP services and/or CEIP deliverables by a Qualified Contractor, whether they are employees, subcontractors or other agents of the Qualified Contractor engaged in CEIP-eligible services.

I am a subcontractor, should I become a CEIP Qualified Contractor?

Every Subcontractor that installs or otherwise provides a product for an Upgrade must be a Qualified Contractor and be listed in the Contractor Directory. Read more abut the subcontractors responsibilities in the CEIP Qualified Contractor Terms and Conditions.

Is there any qualification that will require a Qualified Contractor to be legally operating as an electrical contractor with certified electricians doing the work?

Qualified Contractors, including solar installers, must maintain all relevant licenses and permits required by the federal, provincial, or municipal government, or any other agencies with jurisdiction over the course of services performed during the program, including all relevant licenses or permits for staff or subcontractors engaged in the fulfilment of services performed through the Program. Please review the CEIP Qualified Contractor Terms and Conditions for more information.

As a general contractor, can only specific portions of the participant’s renovation be included in a CEIP Project, and other portions omitted?

Yes, there may be portions of the renovation/upgrade that would not be eligible for financing through CEIP. Only eligible costs (e.g., Upgrades,  incidental costs, professional services) listed in the Clean Energy Improvement Agreement are approved for financing. For more information, review the municipality’s Program Terms and Conditions found on each municipality’s CEIP webpage on myCEIP.ca.

Is the clean energy improvement charge listed on the title of the property? And will it have priority ahead of any mortgage payments in the case of default?

The clean energy improvement charge is recorded on the property tax roll, but may not be registered on title (property owners should confirm the details with their municipality before participating). Similar to property taxes, CEIP has primary lien status, which means, in case of default, the charge is repaid before a first mortgage.

If a property with a clean energy improvement charge is offered for sale, the existence and contents of a Clean Energy Improvement Agreement must be disclosed to prospective buyers, and if the owner engages a realtor, to the realtor. If the property is sold, the property owner must ensure the Clean Energy Improvement Agreement is appended to the contract of sale.  

In the marketing guidelines (Section 1.3 under prohibited practices), it mentions offering tax advice to consumers. What about portions of the CEIP upgrade that are eligible for tax incentives (i.e., commercial solar installations)?

As stated in the marketing guidelines, Qualified Contractors cannot provide tax advice to participating property owners related to any aspect of CEIP or a CEIP project (e.g., tax advice related to the clean energy improvement charge). Tax incentives available through provincial or federal jurisdictions would not be considered  related to CEIP or an eligible project.

When does the 6-month timeline to complete a residential CEIP Project begin?

The six-month project timeline begins when the participant receives an Installation Authorization Notice from the AMSC, which is provided once a Project Application has been approved and all program agreements have been signed.

The timeline to complete an approved residential project is 6 months. Will there be extensions granted?

Delays may occur due to any number of unforeseen circumstances. The decision to grant a project extension will be assessed on a  case-by-case basis and will be at sole the discretion of the AMSC and the participating municipality.

How are Qualified Contractors paid? What is the time frame from completion of the project to receiving payment?

The Qualified Contractor payment process will begin once the AMSC receives a complete and accurate Upgrade Completion Form from the participant, along with all required supporting documentation, which indicates that the installation of the upgrade has achieved substantial performance.

The AMSC will remit payment to the Qualified Contractor within 28 calendar days of the date of receipt of a proper invoice provided all information is accurate and complete, and the AMSC has received funds from the participating municipality.

Will the AMSC provide a template or copy of the Project Agreement?

The Project Agreement will be made available to the participating property owner and the Qualified Contractor after an application has been received and approved by the AMSC and the participating municipality.

The Project Agreement is the agreement between the AMSC, a Qualified Contractor leading the installation of the Upgrade(s) and/or Incidental Work (the “Primary Qualified Contractor”) and the Property Owner, which defines the scope of the Project and sets out the terms relating to the Qualified Contractor’s installation of the Upgrades and/or Incidental Work.

The Primary Qualified Contractor is the Qualified Contractor who is leading the installation of the Upgrade/s and is the Qualified Contractor responsible for the execution of the Project Agreement.

As per the Regulation, a Qualified Contractor cannot enter into an agreement for the provision of services relating to the installation of a clean energy improvement other than the Project Agreement.

Can the AMSC post a sample invoice/breakout structure required to be submitted with the Upgrade Completion Form?

The invoices submitted by Qualified Contractors must include, at a minimum:

  • The Qualified Contractor name as it appears in the CEIP Qualified Contractor Directory
  • Name of the property owner
  • For each upgrade, an itemized list of the following:
    • The Upgrade name,
    • The quantity of equipment units installed, the cost per unit, and the manufacturer and model number,
    • Labour costs and costs associated with any work performed to complete the Project, and
    • Any applicable taxes,
  • Itemized incidental and professional service costs costs approved by the AMSC, and
  • Any other additional information requested by the AMSC.

These invoices will be in the form set out on the CEIP website, will only contain costs relevant to an Upgrade that meets the Upgrade Eligibility Requirements, and should be provided at the time of submission of the Upgrade Completion Form.

Once an eligible Upgrade is installed, who submits the Upgrade Completion Form, the participant or Qualified Contractor? If a participant delays the submission of this form, will the Qualified Contractor still get paid promptly (in accordance with the Prompt Payment Act)?

The property owner is responsible for submitting the Upgrade Completion Form and required supporting documentation (e.g. invoices) once an upgrade(s) has been installed and reached substantial performance (it is only at this time that the AMSC will be made aware of the completion of upgrade installation).

The AMSC will remit payment to the Qualified Contractor within 28 calendar days of the date of receipt of a proper invoice provided all information is accurate and complete, and AMSC has received funds from the participating municipality.

Note that a Site Visit may need to be completed before the Qualified Contractor is paid to verify information submitted on the Upgrade Completion Form and/or supporting documentation.

What is a site inspection and what is its purpose in the program?

The AMSC and the participating municipality, or their agents, may conduct a site inspection prior to or during the installation of Upgrades in order to verify information submitted on the Project Application Form, and may also conduct a site inspection after an Upgrade Completion Form has been submitted in order to verify installation of Upgrades.

Will invoices for scaffold or lifts on projects be considered an eligible expense under CEIP?

Equipment and labour costs directly required for the installation of an Upgrade or are incidental to the installation of an Upgrade are eligible for financing, provided the required supporting documentation is submitted.

In the Qualified Contractor Terms and Conditions, section 5.3 references a technical workbook. Where is there more information about this?

The technical workbook relates to the commercial stream of CEIP. Information will be made available as Commercial CEIP is developed in early/mid 2022.

Does the 25-year solar warranty mean the production warranty or the equipment warranty?

Although the official list of eligible upgrades has not yet been published, we expect that warranty periods, from the time of installation, must be, at minimum, 25 years for power performance and 10 years for manufacturing for modules, and, for inverters and/or micro-inverters, 10 years for  manufacturing.

Will there be flexibility regarding retroactive project applications? Can I finance a project that has already been completed?

No. If a property owner is interested in CEIP financing, a project cannot start until a Project Application is submitted and approved by the AMSC, all program agreements are signed, and the property owner has received an Installation Authorization Notice from the AMSC. Program Applications (Pre-Qualification and Project Application Form) will not be available until the program has launched in a participating municipality.

What happens if there is additional work to be included during construction of a CEIP project, that was not included and approved with the Application?

Additions, removals, variations, substitutions, delay in CEIP project completion, or price changes to a CEIP project, require a request to be submitted by the participant to the AMSC. The AMSC will provide the participant with a change order form to complete with the support of the Qualified Contractor. The change order must be approved by the AMSC.

Only costs specified in a signed Clean Energy Improvement Agreement (between the property owner and the participating municipality) are eligible for financing; this can include costs for eligible upgrades, incidental costs, and professional services. For more information, please review the municipality’s Program Terms and Conditions found on each municipality’s CEIP webpage on myCEIP.ca.

Will expansions to existing solar PV systems be eligible for CEIP financing?

Provided the minimum capital cost of $3,000 and all other eligibility requirements are met, expansions to existing solar PV systems are eligible to be financed through CEIP.

I am a contractor, how do I sign up for program updates?

Local contractors are integral to the success of the Clean Energy Improvement Program. If you’re interested in learning more sign-up for email updates. We will share program updates and municipal events with you as they become available.

Do participating municipalities advance funds to participants for down deposits required by Qualified Contractors under the program? (e.g., 25% of costs paid upfront and 25% upon completion)?

Each participating municipality decides whether funds advancement (for deposits required by Qualified Contractor prior to the start of a CEIP project) will be allowed under the program. If a municipality does not allow funds to be advanced, the property owner will need to pay the deposit out of pocket, but may be able to finance the deposit amount and be reimbursed for the cost once the project is complete and verified. For more information, review the municipality’s Program Terms and Conditions found on each municipality’s CEIP webpage on myCEIP.ca.

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