Lowe’s, other retailers, back new rebate program in Ontario

TORONTO — A new program from the federal government will enable consumers to garner significant savings on energy saving products, while giving retailers an edge to sell a range of related products.

Yesterday, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, announced the launch of the Energy Savings Rebate program. Through the program, a total of $200 million over two years will be provided to Ontario retailers to offer up to 25% off the purchase price of specific energy-saving products. They include Energy Star-certified washers and dryers, smart thermostats, room air conditioners, dehumidifiers and refrigerators.

Lowe’s, especially, has gotten behind the program. In fact, McKenna (shown here, far right) made the announcement at a press conference at the RONA North York store in Northern Toronto. Also on hand: Carol Crystal, merchandising VP at Lowe’s Canada; Ali Ehsassi, Member of Parliament for Willowdale; and Bill Goguen, Regional VP of operations at Lowe’s Canada.

(For details on how your store can register for this program, check out Monday’s edition of our weekly Hardlines newsletter. Not getting Hardlines every week? Then you’re not getting the full story! Click here and we’ll send you four issues, just to try it out!)