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  • April 13, 2016

Social Housing in York Region to Receive Energy Retrofits

Ontario Invests $768k in Retrofits to Improve Electrical Efficiency and Fight Climate Change

MPPs Chris Ballard, Michael Chan, Steven Del Duca, Dr. Helena Jaczek and Reza Moridi are pleased to announce that Ontario continues to put its new Climate Change Strategy into action by investing $768,123 in social housing retrofits in the Regional Municipality of York.

As part of the Green Investment Fund, the province is investing $10 million across the province to improve electrical efficiency in single-family homes which will reduce costs for low-income Ontarians and generate local jobs. 

This program is expected to improve electrical efficiency in about 950 of Ontario’s social housing single-family homes. Retrofits will include installing energy-efficient heating systems, appliances, hot water tanks, lighting, windows and insulation. The retrofits will stimulate the regional economy, as local businesses will carry out the work.

York Region will select local projects through a competitive process.

Ontario’s $325-million Green Investment Fund, a down payment on the province’s cap and trade program, is already strengthening the economy, creating good jobs and driving innovation while fighting climate change — a strong signal of what Ontarians can expect from proceeds of the province’s cap and trade program. These investments will help secure a healthy, clean and prosperous low-carbon future and transform the way we live, move, work and adapt to our environment while ensuring strong, sustainable communities. Green Investment Fund projects include: more electric vehicle fast-charging stations; energy retrofits for single-family homes and affordable housing; support for Indigenous communities, industry and small and medium-sized businesses, and helping local organizations fight climate change.


“This initiative brings needed upgrades to older, energy inefficient homes to reduce energy costs and better serve tenants, while helping Ontario meet the climate challenges of today and tomorrow.”

—Ted McMeekin Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing

“I am proud of our government’s commitment to modernize social housing and make it more energy efficient. This investment will help York Region fight the impacts of climate change while boosting the economy, creating jobs and strengthening our community.”

— Steven Del Duca, M.P.P., Vaughan

 "Our government is committed to strengthening our communities and responding to the impacts of climate change. This investment will help tenants in my riding of Oak Ridges-Markham, and throughout the province, reduce their energy costs by providing support to upgrade older, energy inefficient properties."

- Dr. Helena Jaczek, M.P.P., Oak Ridges - Markham

“Low income families in single family homes across Ontario and in my riding of Newmarket-Aurora will benefit from the Green Investment Fund through lower electricity prices. I am proud to represent a government that is investing in a secure, healthy, clean and prosperous low-carbon future.”

Chris Ballard, M.P.P. Newmarket-Aurora

“The Green Investment Fund will deliver tangible results in our community that will include energy savings, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and job creation.  Social housing tenants will benefit from improved and modernized affordable housing options across York Region through these retrofits that will increase energy efficiency and lower utility costs for their homes.”

— Michael Chan, M.P.P., Markham-Unionville

“Improving energy efficiency in the home is one of the most important actions we can take in the fight against climate change. The Green Investment Fund will help secure a healthier environment, a more competitive economy and a better future for generations to come.”

— Reza Moridi, M.P.P., Richmond Hill 

Quick Facts

  • The province’s new $325 million Green Investment Fund was announced in the 2015 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review.
  • In May 2015, Ontario became the first province in Canada to set a mid-term greenhouse gas pollution reduction target of 37 per cent below the 1990 level by 2030.
  • Ontario is developing a cap and trade program to reduce greenhouse gas pollution that is causing climate change.

About 20 percent of Ontario’s renters live in social housing.

Learn More

Ontario’s Climate Change Strategy

Green Investment Fund

Ontario’s 2013 Long-Term Energy Plan

Support for: Ontario Investing $92 Million to Retrofit Social Housing


For more information, please contact:

 Office of Steven Del Duca, M.P.P., Vaughan                          





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