District of Sault Ste Marie Social Services Administration Board
Ontario Renovates Program

  • Assists homeowners with repairs, including accessibility, health and safety issues, and energy efficiency in the form of an interest-free forgivable loan
  • Assists homeowners to create a new affordable rental unit in an existing single family home
  • Assists landlords of eligible affordable rental housing to rehabilitate units that require essential repairs and/or modify units to increase accessibility
  • Single dwelling home owners at or below the 60th income percentile for the area
  • Landlords of affordable rental housing projects

Eligible repairs may include:
  • Structural
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Heating
  • Roofs, walls, floors, and ceilings
  • Doors and windows
  • Vents, louvers
  • Fire safety
  • Septic systems and well water
  • Improved accessibility such as ramps, handrails, chair and bath lifts, height adjustment for countertops and cues for doorbells/fire alarms
  • Safety-related features that help seniors stay in their home
  • Creation of self-contained secondary suites for affordable rental purposes
  • Creation of garden suites for seniors and/or persons with disabilities
Application Process
  • Call to apply
  • Repairs must begin within 120 days of project approval; copies of all financial invoices must be kept for reporting and audit purposes
  • Loans up to $25,000 may be secured by promissory notes
  • Loans over $25,000 require mortgages registered on title
  • Loan forgiveness period is 10 years for single dwelling homes and 15 years for multi-unit dwellings
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Legal Status
(10) Local Government
Agency Information
211 Ontario North
Last Verified On October 15, 2018

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