April 13, 2016
MPP Michael Chan is 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.
“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
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.
“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
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.
About 20 percent of Ontario’s renters live in social housing.