The Northern Ontario Service Deliverers Association says that they’re excited about a recent $25 million announcement.
The province will be providing $25 million over the next three years to improve energy efficiency upgrades in social housing apartment buildings with less than 100 units, through the GreenON Social Housing program. Improvements may include: energy-efficient heating and cooling systems, windows, lighting and insulation.
Iain Angus, Chair of the Northern Ontario Services Deliverers Association, spoke about the new program.
“We greatly appreciate the concept of this new program and welcome new investments in energy efficiency by the other orders of government in the Social Housing sector, and are pleased that many of our Northern units may be eligible for this new program. We are particularly grateful that smaller buildings across the North may now qualify for energy retrofit investment assistance,” he said.
Angus also took time to recognize the work of Chris Ballard, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Peter Milczyn, Minister of Housing, as well as Parminder Sandhu, Chair of the Green Ontario Fund for the Provincial Government’s establishment of the GreenON Social Housing Energy Program.
NOSDA says that while there have been similar programs in the past, they focused on larger social housing buildings, which are few and far between in Northern Ontario. The association added that the program is well-suited to the needs of the North, as residents deal with rising hydro costs, the lack of natural gas service in many communities and energy cost-induced poverty.
NOSDA has been on record for supporting such a program since 2016, and as recently as December 6, 2017 raised the issue directly with Minister of Housing Peter Milczyn.
The Northern Ontario Service Deliverers Association is composed of ten District Social Services Administration Boards across Northern Ontario, including the Kenora District Services Board and Rainy River District Services Board. NOSDA brings together Service Managers in Northern Ontario who are responsible for local planning, coordination and delivery of a range of community health and social services – including social housing.
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