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  • March 31, 2016

Energy Retrofits Coming to Social Housing in Hamilton

Ontario Invests over $7 million in Retrofits to Fight Climate Change

March 31, 2016


Ontario continues to put its new Climate Change Strategy into action by investing $7,170,786 in social housing retrofits in Hamilton.

As part of the Green Investment Fund, the province is investing $82 million across the province into social housing apartment retrofits to take advantage of the economic opportunities in clean technologies, improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Many of Ontario’s social housing towers were built in the 1960s and 1970s and can use up to 25 per cent more energy per square metre than a house. To help ensure they can better meet the challenges of climate change, the province is funding energy retrofits for high-rise social housing towers of 150 units or more. The retrofits will include installing energy-efficient boilers, insulation and windows. It’s expected 35 to 50 of Ontario’s social housing apartment towers can be retrofitted through this program.

In the City of Hamilton, the Housing Services Division has been selected to distribute these funds. The Housing Services Division will select local projects through a competitive process.

Ontario's new Green Investment Fund is a $325-million down payment on the province's cap and trade program to strengthen the economy, create jobs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This $82-million investment will help lower greenhouse gas emissions by about 3,600 tonnes over a 20-year period and create approximately 1,476 job years.

Fighting climate change while supporting growth, efficiency and productivity is part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes investing in talent and skills, including helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history and investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.




“This initiative brings needed upgrades to older, energy inefficient buildings 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.


"The energy savings resulting from these building upgrades are a much needed boost towards the overall goal of efficient operations in infrastructure. This is the type of investment that will realize long term sustained environmental benefits, while also providing improved living conditions for residents."

—  Mayor Fred Eisenberger


"The Green Investment Fund will inject needed renewal into some of our older apartment buildings, generating energy savings and at the same time improving living conditions in social housing complexes."

— Ward 5 Councillor Chad Collins


Quick Facts


  • Direct emissions from residential buildings in 2013 were estimated to be 12 per cent of Ontario’s total greenhouse gas emissions.
  • A 2012 Deutsche Bank study found that every $1 million invested in energy efficiency-related retrofits in multi-family affordable housing buildings generated between $1.3 million and $3.9 million in energy savings and increased Gross Domestic Product.
  • The province’s new $325 million Green Investment Fund was announced in the 2015Ontario 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 per cent 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

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Ted McMeekin, MPP Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale Constituency Office, 905-690-6552



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