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Sector Resources: Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic

The current COVID-19 situation is putting additional pressures on many housing providers. As the situation continues to evolve, HSC is continuing to support the sector in any way we can. Below, we have compiled resources shared by housing providers and sector organizations and we will continue to update the page as more become available. If […]... Read More


HSC Tenant Insurance Premiums Are Changing

Renewal premiums are changing for the HSC Tenant Insurance Program. The change applies to residents with new and renewing policies. The increase will come into effect February 1, 2020. For most residents, the increase will be less than $2/month. HSC’s program still remains the lowest cost option in the marketplace, despite the current hard insurance […]... Read More


Introducing HSC’s New Chair: NEWS RELEASE

Bill Bradica, Chief Administrative Officer of the District of Thunder Bay Social Services Administration Board, has been selected to be the next Board Chair of a provincial organization that delivers services to affordable housing providers. The Housing Services Corporation (HSC) helps affordable housing providers by offering services that help control energy costs; manage fire and […]... Read More


Managing Directors & Officers Risk: Learning Materials

Serving in a leadership role at a housing provider, as a Board Director or an Officer of the corporation, is an important undertaking. By agreeing to be a Director or Officer, one assumes a number of responsibilities for the behaviour and actions of the corporation you represent. However, some Directors and Officers (D&Os) are unaware […]... Read More


End of Operating Agreements and the Benefits of Energy Management

What is EOA? The end of operating agreements or “EOA” marks the end of the federal funding that has previously flowed through the province to Service Managers. EOA involves the end of operating agreements, mortgages, and debentures for all housing providers administered by Service Managers, and funding for housing providers will have to be paid […]... Read More


Developing an Energy Management Plan

Housing providers are facing increasing utility costs as rates increase and support programs such as the Ontario Clean Energy Benefit expire. One sure way to tackle high utility costs is to lower consumption. To achieve cost-effective and long-term results, housing providers can benefit from taking a strategic approach that includes an Energy Management Plan. What’s […]... Read More


Mimico Co-op’s Integrated Approach Succeeds in $aving

Mimico Co-op is seeing positive results after engaging members and taking advantage of HSC and utility incentive programs in 2014. Last year, the 172-unit co-op participated in several energy conservation programs to: Monitor building energy performance over time and compare results to other buildings in Ontario’s social housing sector; Identify opportunities for increased energy efficiency […]... Read More


Optimize Your Building for the Heating Season

Last winter’s record-setting temperatures took many of us by surprise. While we’re still early in the heating season, it’s a good time to take steps to prepare your building for the coming cold. Good preparation can help reduce your energy costs and ensure the safety and comfort of your residents. Get started with these tips: […]... Read More


New Resources to Support Contingency Planning

Contingency plans are an integral part of every organization’s overall risk management strategy. An emergency plan does not have to be complex; in many cases a simple plan is sufficient. A basic but well-designed plan will help your staff better manage vital tasks in difficult times, accelerate and organize your response, reduce damage and create […]... Read More


Airtightness: Critical to Building Performance

The building envelope performs the essential function of controlling the movement of air through your building. The airtightness of your building envelope has a significant impact on your building’s energy efficiency. In fact, as much as 30% to 50% of a building’s heat can be lost due to air leakage through cracks, gaps, and poor […]... Read More


Energy Saving Tips for Staff and Residents

Consider implementing some or all of these every day activities and reduce energy consumption from 1%-10%. Wash clothes in cold water Use full washing machine Use full dishwasher Take showers instead of baths Switch lights off when not in the room or not really needed Reduce appliance use Unplug or turn off power bar for […]... Read More


Make-Up Air Units: An Important Component in Achieving Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency, resident comfort and utility costs all largely depend on the age, quality and maintenance of your heating and ventilation equipment. One of the most important and perhaps least understood components of this equipment is the make-up air system (MUA). Functions of a Building MUA The MUA is an essential part of a building’s […]... Read More


Measuring Matters: Building Data and Effective Energy Management

On November 21 2013, more than 70 housing professionals from across Ontario joined us at our new energy forum, Measuring Matters: Building Data and Effective Energy Management. Held for participants in the HSC Gas Program and our Utility Management Program pilot for multi-residential buildings, the conference program focused on practical ways of reducing energy consumption. […]... Read More


Achieving Maximum Retrofit Savings in Multi-Family Buildings

Recent research from the University of Toronto and the City of New York suggests that energy intensive buildings may be able to see reductions in energy use of up to 10% by simply adjusting controls, sensors and schedules for mechanical equipment. This research also confirmed that retrofits with the highest energy savings impact are those […]... Read More


Identifying Good Retrofit Candidates

The Step-by-Step Retrofit Process: Multifamily Retrofit Toolkit  offers helpful, high-level criteria to identify good candidates for building retrofits: Building is older than 10 years Owner pays all bills Building has high energy and/or water intensity High utility cost High maintenance/repairs costs for HVAC equipment Inefficient heating or cooling systems, appliances, lighting, or water fixtures (older […]... Read More


Hoarding: A Mounting Issue

  As mentioned in the Hope for the Best, Expect the Worst: Developing a Risk Management Plan article regarding risk management, hoarding is one of the fastest growing risks in social housing. Tenants who accumulate goods and materials in their living space can pose a serious danger to not only themselves and other tenants, but you […]... Read More


3 Tips to Keep Your Relationship With Your Building Happy, Strong and Healthy

Preventive Maintenance is not as sexy as constructing a new building; it’s more like the ongoing care you devote to keep a marriage going. Making something last longer by taking care of it saves money, keeps things valuable and enables you to rest easy knowing that it won’t shut down or spontaneously break up with you…. pun intended. As with relationships, building components start out new and nice to look at, and then over the years they can get a little run down and start to not work as well as they used to. To avoid the relationship rut between you and your building equipment, here are some easy tips to keep things spicy and working the way they should.... Read More


Hope for the Best, Expect the Worst: Developing a Risk Management Plan

There seem to be as many definitions of ‘risk’ as there are risk managers, but simply put, risk is anything that impacts your ability to achieve your objectives. By identifying risks and strategies for mitigating risks, some incidents can be prevented and the impact of others can be controlled. Learn how to develop your own risk management plan.... Read More


Capital Planning: The New Black

Planning for the future in social housing is difficult; however, utilizing practical software programs that forecast the future by mapping out needs and funding availability can make the task easier.... Read More


Can An Old House Be Taught New Tricks?

How do you retrofit post-war homes into net zero energy homes? See how Windsor Essex Community Housing Corporation successfully turned 5 bungalows into energy-saving properties.... Read More


5 Ways to Reduce Your Electricity Demand from the Energy Smart Initiative

Energy Smart Initiative was recognized by the City of Toronto’s Green Toronto Awards at the Green Living Show 2011. Here are five energy saving tips from the initiative that you may consider implementing either personally, in your buildings, or to pass on to residents.... Read More


7 FAQs on Common Room Insurance

Do my residents need this insurance for regular meetings or casual gatherings? What is the benefit to my corporation in requiring our residents to purchase their own insurance? How much does the insurance cost and how do our residents apply for it? And More.... Read More


3 Basic Rules to Lowering Your Utility Costs

With rising energy costs, more and more people are becoming worried about their utility bills. Are you one of them?... Read More


Potting Soil: A Hidden Household Fire Risk

As a housing provider and landlord, you are constantly on the lookout for hazards and potential safety risks. But did you ever think that potting soil could pose a fire hazard? ... Read More


Baby, It’s Cold Inside: Tips for using air conditioners

Our obsession with air conditioning is a relatively recent phenomenon. The amount of energy consumed by running residential air conditioners in Canada almost tripled between 1990 and 2007. And to make matters worse, we are entering a cycle of increasing temperatures resulting in ever higher demands on air conditioners. How do we use air conditioners more energy efficient?... Read More


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