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Helping Ontario's social housing sector reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

GreenON Social Housing

Through the Green Ontario Fund, the province is providing $25 million in new funding from the province’s carbon market proceeds to help Ontario social housing buildings with less than 100 units invest in energy efficient retrofits. The program is administered by the Housing services Corporation.

The majority of Ontario’s social housing apartment buildings were developed at a time when little attention was paid to energy-efficient design. Many of these buildings are at a stage in their life-cycles when their mechanical systems and building equipment need to be replaced. Investments in energy efficiency upgrades will reduce operating costs, improve the buildings’ performance and efficiency, and enhance the quality of life for tenants while reducing greenhouse gas pollution.

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This funding complements existing programs, such as the Social Housing Apartment Retrofit Program (SHARP) and Social Housing Apartment Improvement Program (SHAIP) that aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from larger buildings. This program supports Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan.


Eligible Buildings and Projects

Low-rise or high-rise single social housing apartment buildings with less than 100 units are eligible to apply for funding. Some examples of eligible retrofit projects include:

  • Replacing heating and/or cooling systems
  • Upgrading exterior or interior insulation
  • Solar walls
  • Upgrading building windows and/or exterior doors
  • Upgrading building lighting systems including converting to light-emitting diode (LED) lighting systems, lighting controls or sensors
  • Re-cladding or upgrading building envelopes
  • Retrofits that utilize latest low-carbon and carbon-free energy technologies/systems
  • The costs of required building energy audits


Successful Applicants

Interest in the $25M program far surpassed expectations, and HSC received 41 submissions representing over $210M in funding requests from Service Managers across the province. Submissions were evaluated by an independent panel of representatives from the Ontario Ministry of Housing, Manitoba Housing, and the Green Ontario Fund.

The GreenON Social Housing program will be helping to reduce greenhouse gas pollution by funding projects in the following areas:


Algoma District County of Hastings Niagara Region
Cochrane District County of Lambton Norfolk County
City of Cornwall County of Lennox & Addington Northumberland County
City of Greater Sudbury County of Simcoe Oxford County
City of Hamilton County of Wellington Region of Waterloo
City of Kawartha Lakes District of Nipissing Regional Municipality of Durham
City of Kingston District of Sault Ste. Marie Renfrew County
City of London Halton Region Rainy River District
City of Ottawa City of St. Thomas The District Municipality of Muskoka
City of Stratford Huron County The District of Thunder Bay
City of Toronto Kenora District The Regional Municipality of Peel
City of Windsor Lanark County United Counties of Leeds and Grenville
County of Bruce Manitoulin-Sudbury District York Region
County of Grey Municipality of Chatham-Kent



Key Dates


Activity Timing
Business cases due March 28, 2018 – 5PM
Successful Service Manager applicants notified of funding allocation Mid April
Signed Transfer Payment Agreement By June 30, 2018
Projects reach completion March 31, 2021


Contact Us

For more information, contact Jennifer McMahon, Operations Manager, Energy & Technical Services by email or call 416-594-9325 ext 324.


**Disclaimer: This program has received funding support from the Government of Ontario. Such support does not indicate endorsement by the Government of Ontario of the contents of this site.


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