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  • September 21, 2017

Ontario Making Major Investments in Social Housing Repairs and Retrofits in Thunder Bay

Province Modernizing Social Housing Infrastructure with Energy-Efficient Upgrades




September 15, 2017

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

Bill Mauro, MPP for Thunder Bay – Atikokan, and Michael Gravelle, MPP for Thunder Bay – Superior North were at Paterson Court in Thunder Bay today to make the announcement. Thunder Bay will receive up to $12.35 million 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 Thunder Bay 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.


"These upgrades to social housing will result in improved living conditions for residents, reduced energy costs and a reduced carbon footprint. This is good public policy and good for the economy of Thunder Bay at the same time. I’m incredibly proud of the resources our government is putting into improving the quality of life for our citizens."
- Bill Mauro, MPP for Thunder Bay – Atikokan



“Fighting Climate Change is not just necessary to ensure a stronger future, but can also save us money in the long term. This important investment will modernize social housing in Thunder Bay and ensure efficiency through lower energy costs, improving safety for residents, and extending the life of social housing buildings while also helping the environment.”

-Michael Gravelle, MPP for Thunder Bay-SuperiorNorth


“Helping Thunder Bay’s most vulnerable find stable housing is critically important to our goal of ensuring everyone in the province has a safe place to call home. By channelling proceeds from the carbon market into the modernization of social housing buildings, we are improving the lives of tenants while taking important steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that will benefit the entire community.”

- Peter Milczyn, Minister of Housing & Minister Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy


“The province’s significant investment in social housing repairs and retrofits within the District of Thunder Bay aligns with our commitment to improve the quality of life of our tenants while also seeking efficiencies in energy consumption and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.”

Bob Katajamaki, Board Chair, The District of Thunder Bay Social Services Administration Board



  • 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 Thunder Bay includes contributions of $2.5 million in 2016-17, $2.5 million in 2017-18, and $7.36 million 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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