Support for: Ontario Investing $92 Million to Retrofit Social Housing
"Social housing is an important asset that needs to be preserved for the future. Investing in energy retrofits to extend their lives is the smart and right thing to do from both economic and environmental perspectives."
-- Sharad Kerur, Executive Director of Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association (ONPHA)
"We are pleased to see the province invest in helping affordable housing providers reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve their efficiency. Most of Ontario's affordable housing was developed over 30 years ago using modest construction methods. By investing in these communities, the province is ensuring this housing will continue to be truly affordable for those who need it the most. Co-ops, as community-based affordable housing providers, are excited to work with the province to help it meet its ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets for the benefit of all Ontarians."
-- Harvey Cooper, Managing Director, Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada Ontario Region
"Moving away from carbon-based fuels is the greatest imperative facing our society. Upgrading energy efficiency in housing is a low-cost pathway to keeping global warming below 2 C."
-- Steve Hilditch, Principal Hilditch Architects
"This is a great example of how smart Provincial climate change investment can have multiple benefits. This initiative will also create good green jobs renovating buildings, save building owners money, and make the homes of thousands of people more comfortable. It's a win for the environment, a win for the economy and a win for Ontarians living in social housing."
-- Dr. Franz Hartmann, Executive Director, Toronto Environmental Alliance.
"Evergreen is thrilled to support the bold steps being taken by the Province of Ontario to invest in retrofitting older social housing towers across the province. There are nearly 2,000 apartment towers in the Greater Toronto Area alone, housing almost 1 million people and they are in desperate need of retrofits. These towers are a major source of emissions, and offer a great start for launch of the Ontario's climate change commitments - creating jobs, and improving the environment."
-- Geoff Cape, CEO, Evergreen
"We're pleased to see Ontario take this important step. These investments in social housing retrofits will help to shrink the carbon footprint of high rise buildings, and help building managers reduce their operating costs. While doing so, the program will create employment and better, more liveable communities. It's a win for the environment and for people."
-- David Miller, President and CEO, WWF-Canada
"The David Suzuki Foundation applauds the plan to retrofit social housing as part of the Green Investment Fund. It will have numerous co-benefits including greenhouse gas reduction, job creation, and greater home-comfort. This is a good example of using public money to accomplish both environmental and social justice goals."
-- Gideon Forman, Climate Change and Transportation Policy Analyst, David Suzuki Foundation
"I am delighted with the announcement today of $92 million to be directed to social housing energy retrofits across Ontario. Energy retrofits for housing are an essential piece of the puzzle both in making essential energy use more affordable, and in reducing greenhouse gas emissions from energy use in buildings. CELA strongly supports healthy energy retrofits for all types of housing, and in particular advocates for strong energy solutions for low income and vulnerable communities. Well-done energy retrofits also provide the additional benefits of increased health and environmental safety for the residents of the retrofitted buildings."
-- Theresa McClenaghan, Executive Director of the Canadian Environmental Law Association
"Investment in energy efficiency is critical to reaching our GHG reduction targets, and we applaud the government's strategic focus on investing in social housing retrofits. We've seen firsthand how investing in these projects can deliver deep energy savings and greenhouse gas reductions, while improving resident comfort and improving the general state of repair in Ontario's social housing stock."
-- Julia Langer, CEO, Toronto Atmospheric Fund
"When it comes to energy efficiency retrofits, social housing and low-income housing is an ideal place to start. These buildings are typically less energy efficient than other residences, partially because of their age but also because many of the owners and residents don't have the resources needed to make upgrades to increase their efficiency. Government assistance is both needed and impactful in these cases - the retrofits simply wouldn't happen otherwise. Social housing retrofits have the added benefit of making residences more comfortable as well, and of helping shelter low-income Ontarians from any impacts from rising energy costs."
-- Tim Gray, Executive Director, Environmental Defense
"NOSDA is pleased to see a program that will address electrical energy efficiency in social housing single homes. This will greatly assist our social housing tenants in the North and improve the sustainability of this important housing stock."
-- Iain Angus, Chair of Northern Ontario Service Deliverers Association (NOSDA)
"The Province of Ontario's investment in energy retrofits for aging high-rise social housing towers will improve Toronto's affordable housing stock, reduce carbon emissions for the City, and lower utility costs for social housing providers."
-- Councillor Ana Bailão, Toronto's Housing Advocate
"Investment in sustainable buildings is an investment in the future of our cities. This program will allow the City of Toronto to retrofit our aging social housing buildings to greatly reduce carbon emissions. Through continued support from our provincial government, we can provide better living conditions for our most vulnerable residents."
-- Mayor John Tory, City of Toronto
"Smart initiatives like the one announced today are proof that improving the environment and creating skilled jobs go hand in hand. We are very excited to be a part of Ontario's low carbon economy, which is going to create jobs and put mechanical insulators to work."
-- David Gardner, Business Manager, Heat and Frost Insulators Local 95
"Hiring skilled local workers to improve the energy efficiency of social housing in Ontario is an idea everyone can get behind. Retrofitting these inefficient buildings will create good jobs, cut electricity, heating, and cooling costs while reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and improve the homes of some our most vulnerable neighbours."
-- Jamie Kirkpatrick, Program Manager, Blue Green Canada