New Residential Fuel Oil Ban Regulation in Quebec
November 26, 2021 | By Luc Boily
Installing oil-powered heating equipment in new construction will be prohibited in the province as of December 31, 2021
On November 17, the Quebec government announced that installing oil-fired heating appliances in new residential construction will be prohibited in the province as of December 31, 2021.
In addition, in two years following that deadline (as of December 31, 2023), installing an oil furnace or replacing one with a fossil fuel furnace in existing residential buildings will also be prohibited.
As part of its 2030 Plan for a Green Economy (PGE 2030), the government believes that these news measures will contribute to achieving the target of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from heating buildings in Quebec by 50% by 2030.
Financial assistance may be available to homeowners who are required to convert to renewable energy through the Chauffez vert Program. An amount of $134.5 million for this program is part of the 2021-2026 implementation plan of the PGE 2030.
According to the government release, nearly 200,000 Quebec households still own an oil-fired heater.
“Residential oil heating systems generate the highest carbon rate in addition to other atmospheric pollutants that adversely affect air quality. We are responsible for planning the withdrawal of these pollutants in the near future,” said Benoit Charette, Minister of Environment and Fight Against Climate Change, in a press release.