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GreenON Social Housing

By Green Ontario Fund

Helping Ontarians fight climate change by investing in energy efficient retrofits for social housing units.

Social housing

Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from social housing units through a new Green Ontario Fund program that supports energy retrofits. Service managers at social housing facilities can apply for building and system upgrades as well as audits to identify energy and carbon saving opportunities.

The majority of Ontario’s social housing apartment buildings were developed at a time when little attention was paid to energy-efficient design. Investments in energy efficiency upgrades will help reduce operating costs, improve the buildings’ performance and efficiency, and enhance the quality of life for tenants while reducing greenhouse gas pollution.

The GreenON Social Housing program complements existing programs, such as the Social Housing Apartment Retrofit Program (SHARP) and Social Housing Apartment Improvement Program (SHAIP) that aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from larger buildings. This program supports Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan.


What you can get:

Some examples of eligible retrofit projects include:

  • Heating and/or cooling system replacement

  • Exterior or interior insulation upgrades

  • Solar walls

  • New windows and/or exterior doors

  • Lighting systems upgrades - including converting to light-emitting diode (LED) lighting systems, lighting controls or sensors

  • Re-cladding or upgrading building envelopes

  • Retrofits that utilize latest low-carbon and carbon-free energy technologies/systems

  • Energy Audits


Who can participate

Low-rise or high-rise single social housing apartment buildings of fewer than 100 units are eligible to apply for funding. The program is open to Service Managers who request funding for buildings within their region.


How to get started

To learn more about the retrofits available under the GreenON Social Housing program and how to submit an expression of interest, visit Housing Services Corporation’s website.