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Ontario Making Major Investments in Social Housing in Halton

Province Modernizing Social Housing Infrastructure with Energy-Efficient Upgrades and Increased Access to Services to Keep Families in Need Permanently Housed

Ontario is providing new funding for repairs and retrofits to social housing in Halton in order to improve living conditions and fight climate change. This investment is part of Ontario's Climate Change Action Plan and is funded by proceeds from the province's carbon market.

Kevin Flynn MPP for Oakville, Indira Naidoo-Harris, MPP for Halton and Eleanor McMahon, MPP for Burlington were joined by Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr, at Halton Region in Oakville today to make the announcement. Halton will receive up to $8,497,961 for repairs and retrofits to social housing apartment buildings over five years through the Social Housing Apartment Improvement Program (SHAIP), contingent on carbon market proceeds. This includes $1,659,751 for 2017-18.

The investment will help improve the lives of low-income and vulnerable tenants in Halton with upgrades to social housing buildings such as new energy efficient heating, improved insulation, and window replacements.

Proceeds from Ontario's carbon market must by law be invested into programs that help households and businesses reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save money on energy costs. Programs include home energy retrofits, public transit, social housing retrofits, and electric vehicle incentives and infrastructure.

Halton will also be receiving $3.1 million over three years through the Home for Good Program to increase access and supports to help families in need remain permanently housed. This is part of the province’s goal to end chronic homelessness by 2025.

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.

QUOTES

"Upgrading social housing in Burlington through energy retrofits, not only supports our government’s climate action goals, but also supports vulnerable tenants with their everyday costs. The projects that will be funded through this investment will make a real, tangible difference in people’s lives and I’m excited to see our community take this positive step forward."

- Eleanor McMahon, MPP Burlington

“I am pleased to announce direct and targeted provincial government funding of over $11.6 million in the next 5 years to help improve the lives of residents in Oakville and across Halton Region.

The Home for Good program will receive $3.1 million over the next 3 years as part of the government’s Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy to end chronic homelessness for people living with complex physical and mental health challenges by the year 2025. This funding will provide housing assistance, as well as counselling, addictions services and life-skills training to ensure that anyone living in Halton Region will have the security – and dignity – of having a safe place to call home.

The government’s Social Housing Apartment Improvement Program, SHAIP for short, has directed nearly $8.6 million to Halton Region over the next 5 years to upgrade and retrofit social housing for low-income and vulnerable tenants. This money will come from investment proceeds from the carbon market, not from taxpayers’ pockets. Eligible retrofits will include installation of energy-efficient boilers, insulation and windows, as well as LED lighting, that will improve the health and safety of residents, cut energy costs for providers and users, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and cost-effectively extend the life cycle of our social housing apartments.”

- Kevin Flynn, MPP Oakville

 "These investments will have a significant impact on the lives of local families using social housing. By funding energy retrofits, we are improving the quality of life for many Halton residents and doing our part to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. These initiatives will help make life easier and more comfortable for local families facing challenges."
- Indira Naidoo-Harris, MPP Halton

“Providing safe, affordable and accessible housing opportunities is one of Regional Council’s strategic priorities. Maintaining and improving our social housing infrastructure is integral to providing high quality service to residents in our assisted housing communities. We are proud to work alongside our partners at the Provincial Government and are thankful for the provincial investment which will benefit Halton residents.”

- Gary Carr, Halton Regional Chair

QUICK FACTS

  • The province will invest up to $657 million for repairs and retrofits to social housing apartment buildings across the province over five years, contingent on carbon market proceeds.
  • 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.
  • Under the Green Investment Fund, Ontario has already invested $82 million on energy retrofits for high-rise social housing towers of 150 units or more.
  • Ontario’s five-year investment of carbon market proceeds to social housing repairs and retrofits in Halton includes contributions of $213,726 in 2016-17, $1,659,751 in 2017-18, and $6,624,483 between 2018-19 and 2020-21.
  • The Climate Change Action Plan and carbon market form the backbone of Ontario's strategy to cut greenhouse gas pollution by 80 per cent by 2050, while investing in programs that help Ontario families and businesses save money and lower greenhouse gas emissions.

LEARN MORE

Ontario’s Fair Housing Plan

Ontario’s Green Investment Fund

Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan

 

 

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