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  • September 15, 2017

Ontario Making Major Investments in Social Housing Repairs and Retrofits in Durham Region

Province Modernizing Social Housing Infrastructure with Energy-Efficient Upgrades




September 15, 2017

Ontario is providing new funding for repairs and retrofits to social housing in Durham Region, in order to improve living conditions and fight climate change. This investment is part of Ontario's Climate Change Action Plan and is funded by proceeds from the province's carbon market.

Tracy MacCharles, MPP Pickering-Scarborough East, Joe Dickson, MPP Ajax-Pickering and Granville Anderson, MPP Durham, were at Durham Regional Headquarters in Whitby today to make the announcement. Durham Region will receive up to $14,360,308 for repairs and retrofits to social housing apartment buildings over five years, contingent on carbon market proceeds.

The investment will help improve the lives of low-income and vulnerable tenants in the Region of Durham with upgrades to social housing buildings such as new energy efficient heating, improved insulation, and window replacements.

Proceeds from Ontario's carbon market must by law be invested into programs that help households and businesses reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save money on energy costs. Programs include home energy retrofits, public transit, social housing retrofits, and electric vehicle incentives and infrastructure.

Ensuring everyone in Ontario has a safe and affordable place to call home is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.




“Repairs and retrofits to social housing are essential in order to provide comfortable and efficient homes in our community of Durham Region.  This major contribution funded by the province’s carbon market, will ensure residents have access to energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly homes that will reduce our carbon footprint.”

- Tracy MacCharles, MPP Pickering-Scarborough East

"This investment is critical to the improvement of the lives of my Ajax and Pickering, as well as Durham low-income and vulnerable constituents.  Energy efficient upgrades will modernize social housing, thanks to the carbon market proceeds."
- Joe Dickson, MPP Ajax-Pickering


"Social housing is hugely important for the Durham Region, as it provides some of our most vulnerable with safe places to call home.  This significant investment—made possible by proceeds from the Climate Change Action Plan—will help us to upgrade these important buildings, thus supporting energy efficiency and improving living conditions for our constituents." 
- Granville Anderson, MPP Durham


"We are pleased to receive this provincial investment.  These funds are an important step forward to help improve the living conditions of the most vulnerable in our community.  We will continue to work with all levels of government to ensure that our residents have access to safe and affordable housing for years to come."

– Roger Anderson, Regional Chair and Chief Executive Officer




  • The province will invest up to $657 million for repairs and retrofits to social housing apartment buildings across the province over five years, contingent on carbon market proceeds.
  • Ontario is investing more than $2 billion over the next three years in affordable and sustainable housing across the province, including millions more for repairs and retrofits to social housing buildings.
  • Under the Green Investment Fund, Ontario has already invested $82 million on energy retrofits for high-rise social housing towers of 150 units or more.
  • Ontario’s five-year investment of carbon market proceeds to social housing repairs and retrofits in Durham Region includes contributions of $3,319,502 in 2017-18, and $11,040,806 between 2018-19 and 2020-21.
  • The Climate Change Action Plan and carbon market form the backbone of Ontario's strategy to cut greenhouse gas pollution by 80 per cent by 2050, while investing in programs that help Ontario families and businesses save money and lower greenhouse gas emissions.



Ontario’s Fair Housing Plan

Ontario’s Green Investment Fund

Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan

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