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Enhancing the housing experience through valuable upgrades

York Region to receive approximately $17 million to complete energy efficient retrofits to social housing facilities

Newmarket – Well-maintained buildings in healthy environments are important community assets. York Regional Council authorized an agreement with the Ministry of Housing to receive $17,398,453 in funding to complete upgrades and retrofit projects to eligible social housing buildings in the Region. 

“York Regional Council is committed to ensuring we maintain affordable and sustainable housing choices to match the diverse needs of our residents,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson.

“We are thankful for the continued support of all levels of government, community agencies and housing providers in developing programs that meet the evolving needs of our changing communities and allow us to maintain our buildings in good repair for the residents who call them home.”

The funding is made available through the Social Housing Apartment Improvement Program. The types of retrofits eligible include:

  • Replacing building heating and cooling systems
  • Upgrading exterior or interior insulation
  • Installing solar walls
  • Upgrading building windows and exterior doors
  • Upgrading building lighting systems, including converting to LED lighting systems, lighting controls and sensors
  • Re-cladding or upgrading building envelopes, which is the physical separation between the interior and exterior of a building and may consist of walls, floors, roofs and doors
  • Retrofitting that uses low carbon and carbon free energy technologies/systems 
“Investments in our housing facilities allow us to complete valuable upgrades that can make an impactful difference for residents, prolong the life of our buildings and improve energy efficiency,” said City of Markham Deputy Mayor Jack Heath, Chair of Housing York Inc.

In August 2017, the Province of Ontario announced investments of $556 million for repairs and retrofits to social housing across the province to improve living conditions and fight climate change. Upgrades and retrofits must be completed by March 31, 2023. The Social Housing Apartment Improvement Program is funded from the Green Investment Fund, which is based on proceeds from the Ontario Cap and Trade carbon market auctions.

The funding allocation will support the Region in moving towards a target of zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2051, as identified in Vision 2051 and the Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plan Update. In 2016, York Region also received funding through the Social Housing Electricity Efficient Program. The funding was allocated to five eligible housing providers in the Region who maintain a total of 113 townhouse units.

York Region financially supports over 6,700 social housing units owned and operated by 44 non-profit housing providers. Housing York Inc. also owns and operates over 2,500 social and affordable housing units in all nine local municipalities.

The Regional Municipality of York consists of nine local cities and towns, and provides a variety of programs and services to 1.2 million residents and 51,000 businesses with 620,000 employees. More information about the Region’s key service areas is available at

Media Contact

Andrea Griepsma, Corporate Communications, The Regional Municipality of York
Phone:  1-877-464-9675  ext. 71233 or Cell: 905-251-6413

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