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  • August 16, 2017

Ontario Funding Social Housing Repairs and Retrofits in York Region

Province Supporting Affordable and Sustainable Housing in the Community

Ontario is investing in affordable and sustainable housing in the riding of Oak Ridges-Markham, with repairs and retrofits to social housing units in the community.

The province is funding repairs and retrofits to improve units in two social housing buildings, Housing York Inc. in Markham and Oakwill Non-Profit Homes Co-operative Oak Ridges.

Improvements will include replacing electric baseboard heaters, installing LED lighting, increasing insulation, air sealing, and upgrading appliances. These improvements will lower energy costs and improve the day to day lives of residents.

These investments are part of Ontario’s plan to fight climate change by investing proceeds from its carbon market into actions that help households and businesses reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save money on energy costs.

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.


“Our Government is committed to providing individuals and families in Oak Ridges-Markham with a safe and affordable place to call home. By making critical upgrades in social housing at Oakwill Non-Profit Homes Co-operative Inc. and Housing York Inc, we will continue to provide people with sustainable, affordable places to live." - Dr. Helena Jaczek, MPP Oak Ridges-Markham

“Housing York is York Region’s non-profit housing provider. As one Ontario’s largest social housing providers, it is home to more than 4,000 tenants across all of our nine cities and towns. We appreciate the ongoing support from the provincial government to provide energy-saving upgrades. These enhancements will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and tenant energy costs.” - Wayne Emmerson, York Region Chairman and CEO


  • Ontario is investing $156,260 in social housing repairs and retrofits in the riding of Oak Ridges-Markham.
  • For high-rise apartment buildings, the installation of energy-efficient boilers, insulation, windows, LED lighting, and mechanical systems must be completed by March 31, 2018.
  • For single-family dwellings, eligible retrofits intended to lower the cost of electricity for tenants by the installation of energy efficient electric heaters, air source heat pumps, insulation, windows, and LED lighting were completed by March 31, 2017.
  • 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.
  • A 2012 Deutsche Bank study found that every $1 million invested in energy efficiency-related retrofits in multi-family affordable housing buildings generated between $1.3 million and $3.9 million in energy savings, improving both the sustainability of those buildings and the quality of life of their residents.

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