Social housing to get $6.9M facelift
Money raised through Ontario’s program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is helping make Niagara Region’s social housing stocks healthier and more energy efficient.
Niagara will receive up to $6.9 million in provincial funding over the next five years for repairs and retrofits to its social housing properties.
Premier Kathleen Wynne was at the Fleming Centre in Beamsville on Thursday to make the funding announcement. The investment is part of an Ontario-wide program to improve homes for low-income and vulnerable tenants.
“Thousands of renters in Niagara Region and across Ontario depend on affordable housing options like the social housing high-rises we are investing in today,” said Wynne in a media release issued following Thursday’s announcement. “Everyone in this province deserves to have a safe, affordable home where they can live with dignity. Our funding to make these buildings more energy efficient will also make them healthier and more comfortable places for people to live.”
The program will help reduce energy bills for social housing providers and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by making buildings more energy efficient, says the media release. Improvements include installing energy-efficient boilers, windows, lighting and insulation.