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  • September 15, 2017

Ontario Making Major Investments in Social Housing Repairs and Retrofits in Kingston and the Islands

Province Modernizing Social Housing Infrastructure with Energy-Efficient Upgrades

Ontario is providing new funding for repairs and retrofits to social housing in Kingston, 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.

Sophie Kiwala, MPP for Kingston and the Islands, was at Rideaucrest Towers in Kingston today to make the announcement. Kingston will receive up to $736,054. for repairs and retrofits to social housing apartment buildings over five years, contingent on carbon market proceeds.

The investment will help improve the lives of low-income and vulnerable tenants in Kingston 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.

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.


“I am so pleased that we are supporting the municipality and low-income constituents of Kingston and the Islands through the proceeds from the Climate Change Action Plan. This funding will bring needed repairs for social housing – and repairs that will focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions as well as saving money on energy costs which will help residents.”
-Sophie Kiwala, MPP
Kingston and the Islands

"Today's announcement will go a long way in helping us make some necessary repairs and retrofits to affordable housing in our community. We appreciate this investment and the government providing us some flexibility with this funding to ensure we're continuing to provide safe and accessible affordable housing."

-Bryan Paterson
Mayor of Kingston


 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 Kingston includes contributions of $736,054. 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.



Ontario’s Fair Housing Plan

Ontario’s Green Investment Fund

Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan


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