BRANTFORD, ON, April 18, 2017 — The governments of Canada and Ontario announced funding for improving and preserving the quality of dedicated supportive housing in the province. This funding will help ensure the long-term structural sustainability of social housing developments.

The Honourable Dr. Helena Jaczek, Ontario’s Minister of Community and Social Services, made the announcement today with a representative from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) at Brantwood Community Services in Brantford.

Quick facts:

  • The governments of Canada and Ontario contributed more than $4.1 million, which will go to more than 160 projects operated by 46 community agencies across Ontario.
  • These improvements are being made to housing that is dedicated to individuals requiring support services to live independently in the community.
  • All of the projects are minor capital investments in renovation, retrofit and repair of dedicated supportive housing units.
  • Upgrades to be completed as part of this announcement include increasing facility accessibility, energy efficiency improvements, roof replacements, among many other initiatives.

“Our Government is providing Canadians not only with safe, affordable housing, but is also working hard to strengthen our communities. These new investments are another example of our Government’s commitment toward ensuring that victims of domestic violence are able to enjoy a safe and stable environment.”
— Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
“This funding allows us to make critical investments, to retrofit and upgrade housing that some of Ontario’s most vulnerable live in. These renovations help agencies provide better services, which means residents will be able to live in safer, more secure, accessible, and energy-efficient homes.”
— Dr. Helena Jaczek, Minister of Community and Social Services
“On behalf of Brantwood Community Services, our Board of Directors and all the Individuals we support, I would like to express our sincere thanks to the Ministry of Community and Social Services, the Federal and Provincial governments for the funding we received today. The funds will provide new flooring at 2 group homes and 23 X-Y ceiling lifts at four group homes. The lifts and new floors will improve accessibility by providing individuals who use wheelchairs safe access to all areas of their homes.”
— Jo-Anne Link, Executive Director, Brantwood Community Services

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  • Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) has been helping Canadians meet their housing needs for more than 70 years. As Canada’s authority on housing, CMHC contributes to the stability of the housing market and financial system, provides support for Canadians in housing need, and offers unbiased housing research and advice to Canadian governments, consumers and the housing industry. Prudent risk management, strong corporate governance and transparency are cornerstones of CMHC’s operations. For more information, please call 1-800-668-2642.
  • Investing in dedicated supportive housing is part of Ontario’s plan to create jobs, grow the economy and help people in their everyday lives. Since 2003, the province has committed more than $5 billion in funding for affordable housing, which has helped support more than 22,000 new affordable rental housing units, more than 335,000 repairs and improvements to social and affordable housing units and rental and down payment assistance to more than 93,000 households in need. These investments complement the commitments made through Ontario’s recent Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy update, and support the province’s goal of ending chronic homelessness by 2025. For more information on affordable housing in Ontario, visit

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Émilie Gauduchon
Press Secretary
Office of Minister Duclos

Lyndsay Miller
Senior Communications Advisor & Issues Manager
Office of Minister Jaczek

Wilbur McLean
Public Affairs
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Kristen Tedesco
Ministry of Community and Social Services


Improving social housing in Ontario — Organizations and projects being funded

Organization Location Project Description Funding
Aptus Treatment Centre North York and Vaughan Install generators in six homes 117,000
North York Combine two washrooms to make one accessible washroom and one half bathroom 46,000
North York Install wheelchair accessible entrance 60,000
Toronto Bring front accessibility ramp up to code 5,000
Vaughan Replace two sets of stairs 12,000
Vaughan Create a fully accessible bathroom 35,000
Beth Tikvah Foundation of Hamilton Hamilton Replace water heater, and make related upgrades to the plumbing and gas line 4,469
Brantwood Residential Development Centre Brantford Installation of four ceiling lifts that help with lifting and repositioning residents, replacement of flooring in the living room and lighting upgrade 43,000
Installation of four ceiling lifts that help with lifting and repositioning residents, and replacement of flooring in the living room 40,000
Installation of six ceiling lifts that help with lifting and repositioning residents 44,000
Purchase and install a total of nine ceiling lifts that help with lifting and repositioning residents 65,000
Brockville & Area Community Living Association Brockville Bathroom refit to increase accessibility 30,000
Replace flooring to remove tripping hazards 11,500
Replace flooring to remove tripping hazards 11,500
Generator purchase 16,900
Bathroom refit to increase accessibility 30,000
Replace flooring to remove tripping hazards 11,500
Choices Carlisle Renovation of downstairs and upstairs bathrooms 48,465
Rockton Installation of an elevator lift to make the basement level accessible and new fencing to improve safe use of outdoor space 55,540
Christian Horizons London Bathroom refit to increase accessibility 11,500
Renovation to front entrance to address accessibility issues 38,500
Community Living - Welland Pelham Welland Raise grading and install ramp at entrance to increase accessibility 4,000
Replace six old windows 5,000
Installation of accessible tub and new tile work 4,000
New energy efficient windows throughout the home 10,000
Very drafty windows need replacing 5,000
Replace carpet on stairs and in bedroom with vinyl 2,000
Replace the furnace 3,500
Replace carpet in the home with vinyl to increase accessibility 10,000
Community Living Association For South Simcoe Cookstown and Alliston Install two elevator systems in different homes to address accessibility and mobility challenges 43,000
Alliston Expand driveway to accommodate a wheelchair van 11,600
Community Living Association of Mississauga Mississauga Install new energy efficient furnace and air conditioner 8,000
Community Living Association, Lanark County Carleton Place Renovations to address multiple electrical, accessibility and health and safety issues in one home 62,869
Smiths Falls Renovations to address multiple electrical, accessibility and health and safety issues in another home including new windows and generator 78,569
Community Living Cambridge Cambridge Replace furnace, air conditioning unit, and windows to promote energy efficiency 12,800
Repair bathroom to make more accessible 4,000
Community Living Elgin St. Thomas Renovations to two main bathroom to make them accessible and installation of three new energy efficient water heaters 59,000
Replacement of all windows with energy efficient windows 17,000
Community Living Essex County Belle River Repairs to the existing asphalt driveway and parking area to ensure proper accessibility to building 26,000
Replace all original windows with new energy-efficient windows 42,000
Community Living Hamilton Hamilton Renovate bathroom on the second floor to be fully accessible 35,000
Expand main entrance (doorway) and back entrance (doorway) to make wheelchair accessible including electronic opening 30,000
Convert main floor office into a fully accessible bedroom 10,000
Community Living Newmarket/Aurora District Newmarket Purchase and installation of new front door 2,373
Community Living North Perth Listowel Purchase and install a generator 10,000
Widen current ramp and reconfigure walkway to make accessible for residents 5,000
Community Living Oshawa/Clarington Oshawa Increase size of bathroom door and change existing layout to include roll in shower 10,000
Replace gas fireplace insert main floor bedroom as primary source of heat for this room 4,000
Install gas service from road to house and install boiler system for hot water radiators to promote energy efficiency 38,000
Install stair lift from lower level to main floor 4,000
Renovate laundry room into accessible washroom with roll in shower also to renovate current washroom into laundry room 20,000
Replace current door with sliding door to allow for accessibility to back fire exit to deck and ramp 3,000
Remove and replace drywall including air quality testing and mould remediation 5,000
Replace fallen down fence with new wood slate fence to ensure safety of residents 10,000
Replacement of windows in living room, kitchen and three bedrooms and front door replacement 7,500
Replace windows and doors throughout entire house 10,000
Community Living Prince Edward Picton Build a secondary suite in the unfinished basement to address accommodation needs for a person currently residing in hospital including installation of fire sprinklers and generator 138,700
Community Living Sarnia Lambton Sarnia Replace old bath tub with walk-in bathtub for residents who have mobility challenges. 15,638
Community Living St. Catharines St. Catharines Install new A/C unit, repair front entrance platform, attic insulation application at two sites and two storage sheds for residents’ use
Purchase of hot water tank
Replace roof shingles and repair eaves trough
Repairs to ramps and railings to ensure safety and accessibility
Community Living Stratford and Area Stratford Install new heating/air conditioning system and renovate two front doors to make one door to improve accessibility and energy efficiency 34,262
Community Living Timmins Timmins Renovate two bathrooms to promote health and safety and accessibility for residents 7,000
Installation of new generator 4,500
Repairs to the front door stairwell and steps 5,000
Repair and widen driveway and repair parking lot 6,000
Expand the fence and close off the backyard for safety purposes and install a threshold to allow for wheelchair access to the exit via deck and ramp 3,000
Install new stair lift and portable track lift 8,500
Replace flooring in two bedrooms, hallway and bathroom to promote accessibility 5,000
Extension to the deck and ramp making it accessible and backyard accessible to residents 25,000
Renovation to small bathroom to widen doorway to ensure accessibility for residents 5,100
Community Living Toronto Toronto and Scarborough Renovate three bathrooms to ensure accessibility and barrier-free space for residents. Including specialized bath tub 121,680
Community Living Windsor Windsor Upgrade home lighting to LED to increase energy efficiency 3,557
Remove and replace two old furnaces and install air conditioning unit to promote energy efficient 11,294
Ingersoll Supportive Non-Profit Homes Inc Ingersol Install ceiling track lift system at three locations to enhance the accessibility of the homes for residents 72,000
Removal of existing retaining wall, and installation of new to ensure health and safety of residents 16,950
Replacement of cabinets, counter tops, flooring in kitchen to address health and safety issues 17,200
Conversion of existing bath facilities to a walk-in tub, enhancing accessibility and health and safety for supported individuals and staff 10,500
James Bay Association for Community Living Moosonee Replace aging siding, soffit, fascia, and eaves trough 45,000
Jessie's Centre Non-Profit Homes Inc. Toronto Repair/replace the main flat roof of the building, the recreation roof on the seventh floor, and the mechanical roof on the seventh floor 175,210
Address electrical and water issues including new water heater in each unit and new boiler and air unit on roof. Install daylight sensing controls to promote energy efficiency 175,835
Kenogamisis Non-Profit Housing Corporation Geraldton Replace Furnace and heat recovery ventilator
Replace windows and exterior entrance doors
Replace furnace and heat recovery ventilator
Replace windows and exterior doors (excluding living room window) Replace asphalt shingle roof
Replace roof 8,000
Replace furnace and all windows 18,000
Replace furnace and heat recovery ventilator
Replace windows and exterior entrance doors
Replace asphalt shingle roofing
Replace furnace and heat recovery ventilator
Replace windows and exterior entrance doors
Replace asphalt shingle roofing
Kerry's Place Autism Services Orangeville Install new roof shingles 
Carpet on main level staircase removed and laminate installed
Basement walkout installed for extra living space and driveway widened to improve accessibility
Replace all windows, sliding glass door
K-W Habilitation Services Kitchener Replace patio doors and install accessible concrete ramp from back door to patio area 22,500
Replace deck, remove and replace stair lift to basement to ensure proper accessibility 19,900
Complete bathroom renovation to address accessibility issues for residents 17,200
Waterloo Replace aging and leaking shingles 4,000
Replace aging windows
Replace kitchen, living and hallway flooring 
Replace back deck to improve accessibility
L'Arche Daybreak Richmond Hill Renovate two basement bedrooms to improve accessibility and to provide more privacy to residents 7,675
Meta Centre Scarborough Replace 45 windows/screens in two homes 48,000
Nainstay Non-Profit Buildings Inc Brigden, Corunna and Petrolia Accessible washroom renovations at four locations to ensure physical accessibility, safety for staff and tenants and provide dignity and privacy 260,000
Alvinston and Watford Two entry door replacements to promote health and safety 16,672
Niagara Support Services Niagara Falls Renovation to bathroom, convert bathroom to a fully accessible walk-in shower to better service the changing needs of the residents 13,297
North East Association for Community Living Kapuskasing Replace rooftop heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) at two locations 25,628
Replace roof shingles and address roof issues at two locations 36,408
Participation House - Toronto Parent Association Scarborough Add emergency gas powered generator 8,126
Participation House Support Services - London and Area London Address accessibility needs at the front entrance of the residence, as well as reconstruction of the external fencing along the property lines of the residence 21,000
Renovate two separate bedrooms within one location, as well as an upgrade to the concrete pad currently located in the back of the residence 20,000
Install ramps and railings to all exits of the residence 10,000
Reena Toronto Two boiler replacements 15,000
Rotary - Don Valley Cheshire Homes Inc. Toronto Replace old and inaccessible tubs and cabinets with walk/wheel in showers, all faucets and toilets with water conservation items in the units' washrooms throughout the apartment building to be accessible for individuals with disabilities 116,500
Replace the two hot water tanks in the apartment building. 19,000
Simcoe Community Services Barrie Replace siding and insulate, brick, windows and front door 37,000
Society of St. Vincent de Paul - Toronto Central Council Toronto Increase overall capacity by providing separate accommodations for current residents 215,000
South East Grey Non-Profit Homes Inc Durham Address structural issues and renovate apartment to address health and safety issues 76,000
St. Catharines Mainstream Non Profit Housing Project St. Catharines Install a powered porch lift at entrance, widen 4 doors and renovate bathroom to address accessibility issues for walkers/wheelchairs 33,600
Strathroy Housing for the Handicapped Corporation Strathroy Install outside lift to upper unit 27,800
Replace front windows lower unit 1,145
Sunbeam Residential Development Centre Kitchener Repair two driveways to address trip hazards 6,000
Replace two walkways to address trip hazards 10,000
Replace five furnaces to improve energy efficiency 27,500
Purchase and install ten ceiling lifts to transfer residents into bath tub 70,000
Replace four sets of windows 30,000
Upgrade to efficient heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) unit 25,000
Replace leaking flat roof 125,000
The Massey Centre for Women Toronto Upgrade the accessibility unit and building entrance doors and office door to meet the accessibility needs and install platform lift in the main entrance 192,000
Upgrade apartment lighting in all units, emergency and outdoor lighting for security, install generator, address electrical issues 100,000
TOTAL     $4,154,261

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Date Published: April 18, 2017