Ontario Renovates

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The Investment in Affordable Housing (IAH) Ontario Renovates Northern Remote Communities Program aims to assist low to moderate income homeowners in remote areas repair their homes to acceptable standards while improving the energy efficiency of their units.  This program also aims to increase accessibility though unit modifications and adaptations.

Funding is in the form of a forgivable loan to the homeowner based on approved work to a maximum of $25,000.  The period of forgiveness is ten (10) years and is forgiven at an equal rate per year over the 10-year term.  The earning of loan forgiveness begins on the date of repair completion.  Funding for accessibility repairs up to $3,500 is in the form of a grant and does not require repayment.

General Eligible Repairs

Eligible repais for homeowners may be in one or more of the following categories:

  • Major repairs and rehabilitation required to make the house safe while improving energy efficiency, including, heating systems; chimneys; doors and windows; foundations; roofs, walls, floors and ceilings; vents and louvers; electrical systems; plumbing; and, septic systems, well water and well drilling
  • Remediation for an overcrowded dwelling though the addition of habitable living space
  • Modification to increase accessibility related to housing and reasonably related to the occupant’s disability including, ramps; handrails; chair and bath lifts; height adjustments to countertops; and, cues for doorbells/fire alarms

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to receive assistance under the IAH-Ontario Renovates Northern Remote Communities program:

  1. Total Household income must be the established income threshold for the area you reside;
  2. The market value of your home must be at or below the average market selling price as determined by CMHC or the average MLS resale price in your area;
  3. You must reside in a remote community with a population of 2,500 or less in the districts of Kenora, Rainy River, Thunder Bay, Algoma, Timiskaming, Cochrane, Sudbury, Parry Sound or Nipissing;
  4. The house must be the sole and principal residence of the applicant(s); and,
  5. The house must be substandard or deficient, and require repair to bring it up to a reasonable standard.

As the program administrators, Infinity Property Services:

  • Promotes the program
  • Determines eligibility of applicants
  • Performs inspections to assess building condition and identify deficiencies in structure, plumbing, heating, electrical, health and safety, over crowding
  • Prepares scopes of work and estimates
  • Approves projects through an internal proposal review committee
  • Manages the account and issues payments

To apply:

Métis Nation of Ontario
PO Box 7004 Innisfil, Ontario L9S 1A8
T: 705-436-5143 F: 705-436-3621 TF 800-891-5882 Ext 28 (voicemail only)
E: [email protected]

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For all other areas, please contact your local Service Manager or municipality.