Feds promise $5.75 million to green multi-residential buildings in Toronto and Hamilton

By Kristen Frisa

Ontario Construction Report staff writer

Marco Mendicino, parliamentary secretary to the minister of infrastructure in communities, announced July 8 that the federal government will kick in $5.75 million for deep energy retrofits to multi-residential buildings in Toronto and Hamilton.

The money is coming from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Green Municipal Fund, and will retrofit heating, cooling, and lighting systems, as well as reducing water use and wastage in the buildings.

“Energy efficiency saves money, creates jobs and reduces pollution. Our government will continue to work with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to make Toronto and Hamilton’s buildings more energy efficient, said Amarjeet Sohi, Canada’s minister of natural resources.

Four buildings are being targeted within the two municipalities. It’s estimated the changes will reduce energy consumption by 40 percent in the buildings, as well as making them cheaper to operate and more comfortable for residents.

The buildings included in the project are as follows:

  • 66 Walpole Avenue, Toronto (Toronto Community Housing Corporation)
  • 155 Wellesley Street East, Toronto M4Y 1J4(rental multi-residential)
  • 1 Palace Pier Court, Toronto M8V 3W9 (high rise, condominium suites)
  • Sherwood Place, 25 Lynden Avenue, Dundas L9H 6R3 (senior housing, 3 story residential)

“Through partnerships like this we are helping provide solid 21st-century infrastructure to communities across the country,” Mendicino said.

MP for Toronto-Danforth Julie Dabrusin and Green Municipal Fund council member and mayor of Kitchener Berry Vrbanovic were present for the announcement.

The upgrades, led by the Atmospheric Fund, fit nicely with the City of Toronto’s TransformTO Climate Action Strategy, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the city by 80 per cent by 2050.

“With nearly half of the urban carbon emissions associated with buildings, we need practical, commercial-scale approaches to achieve deep energy retrofits. This strategic federal investment will do just that, and demonstrate the financial, environmental and social benefits,” said Julia Langer, CEO of The Atmospheric Fund.

The Green Municipal Fund (GMF) is a $625 million program that supports greening projects across the country. It has financed more than 1,250 projects that have cut more than 2.5 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions since 2000.

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