Toronto Community Housing CEO Derek Ballantyne (right) takes Municipal Affairs Minister Jim Watson (left) and Toronto Mayor David Miller on a tour of a newly refurbished apartment in Scarborough.
The Government of Ontario and the City of Toronto celebrated the recent announcement of $111.5 million in funding to repair social housing units in Toronto and to make them more green and sustainable.
The announcement was held at the Danforth-Midland housing development in Scarborough, a complex of social housing buildings with 869 units that will benefit from $4.3 million in much-needed kitchen and bathroom repairs, as well as plumbing valves and mains replacements.
The Honourable Jim Watson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing; Lorenzo Berardinetti, Member of Provincial Parliament for Scarborough Southwest; His Worship Mayor David Miller; Derek Ballantyne, CEO of Toronto Community Housing; and David Mitchell, Chair of the Toronto Community Housing Board of Directors, made the announcement today.
The Danforth-Midland development is a complex of three high-rise buildings and townhouses. The building is managed by Toronto Community Housing and will receive repairs to 236 kitchens and 398 bathrooms, as well as plumbing and electricity upgrades. Throughout the project there will be a focus on healthy construction materials and energy and water-efficient technologies.
- The March 2008 provincial budget included $100 million to improve the condition of existing social housing units.
- The City of Toronto will receive $36.5 million for capital works projects, including Danforth-Midland in Scarborough and other housing projects in Toronto.
- Provincial funding will be complemented by $75 million in funding from the City of Toronto.
- The funding means Toronto Community Housing can complete long overdue work faster, rely less on debt financing to get the work done, refurbish thousands more units of housing and retrofit 10 buildings with new energy-efficient building systems.
- Toronto Community Housing has invested more than $550 million in repairs between 2002 and 2007.
- Where possible, kitchen and bathroom upgrades in Toronto Community Housing units will feature sustainable products like made-in-Ontario FSC-approved wood products, Energy Star appliances, energy-efficient lighting, recycled paint, biodegradable ceramic tiles, low-formaldehyde countertops, low-flow toilets, and taps, faucets and showerheads equipped with water-efficient aerators.