Toronto Community Housing takes action on electric heating costs for rent-geared-to-income residents

Toronto Community Housing takes action on electric heating costs for rent-geared-to-income residents

October 29, 2015

​​Summary:

Toronto Community Housing’s board of directors today approved a total of $1.2 million in financial relief for rent-geared-to-income households who pay their own electric heating costs.


October 29, 2015​
TORONTO- Toronto Community Housing’s board of directors today approved a total of $1.2 million in financial relief for rent-geared-to-income households who pay their own electric heating costs.

Approximately 1,200 households will receive financial support for the 2015/2016 heating season. The first payments are expected in December 2015 and will be retroactive to September 15, 2015, the first day of the heating season. Relief payments will be calculated based on estimated electric heat usage for the number of bedrooms for each unit, and the building's age and type.

Toronto Community Housing is developing a longer-term solution to this issue. By the 2016/2017 heating season, a detailed plan will be in place that will consider alternative heating sources and retrofits for these units and a request to the provincial government for a more sustainable approach to heating costs for social housing, among other options.

The measure, to be funded from Toronto Community Housing's operating budget, has been in development since the end of the last heating season, and also meets a commitment made in the company's res​ponse to the interim report of the Mayor's Task Force.

Toronto Community Housing is working with a number of partners to increase the energy efficiency of its buildings, including a new partnership with the Toronto Atmospher​ic Fund to implement energy retrofits for 1,200 households across seven Toronto Community Housing buildings. In addition, over 4,900 Toronto Community Housing households received 932 ENERGY STAR® qualified refrigerators and freezers and 39,600 ENERGY STAR® qualified light bulbs in 2014.

As a third party report shows, Toronto Community Housing's Revitalization program combined with its $2.6-billion capital repair action plan, if fully funded, will deliver an estimated 10 per cent reduction in energy costs for both residents and Toronto Community Housing. This would result in more than $12 million in annual savings for Toronto Community Housing, based on 2014 expenses.

Quotes

"Today the board took action to fix an unfair situation. These residents were paying excessive amounts for electricity, and with this new program that is no longer the case. We're working with management on a sustainable, long-term solution to shrink the company's energy bills overall."
-Bud Purves, Chair, Board of Directors
Toronto Community Housing

"These hydro rebates will be of great help to many families this winter. But we need to solve the long-term issue of reducing energy costs in our aging buildings. If we can continue our capital repair plan with funding from the provincial and federal governments, we can complete the energy efficient upgrades and reduce soaring utility costs, which is one of our largest annual operating expenses."
-Greg Spearn, President and CEO (Interim),
Toronto Community Housing

Learn more


​• Getting it d​one: Real change at Toronto Com​​munity Housing​ [PDF]​
TowerWise Retrofit project with Toron​to Atmospheric Fund​
Toronto Community Housing's green initiatives
Impacts of capital repairs and revitalization​

About Toronto Community Housing

Toronto Community Housing​​​ is Canada's largest social housing provider. We work to provide clean, safe, affordable homes to 60,000 households with low and moderate incomes, in neighbourhoods across the city.

Media contact:

Lisa Murray, Manager, Media and Public Relations
T: 416-981-4252 C: 416-737-1352
media@torontohousing.ca