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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


Applying for Funding

Service Managers may request funding by submitting a business case that illustrates how the funding will be effectively used to implement retrofits to reduce greenhouse gas pollution among providers in the Service Manager’s region. Service Managers that receive a funding allocation will then hold their own local competitive selection processes for their local housing providers.

If you are a housing provider, we encourage you to express your interest in the program to your Service Manager.


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 June 30, 2018
Projects reach completion March 31, 2021


More Information for Service Managers


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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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