Ontario Renovates program now open

Posted On Monday August 26, 2019

UPDATE AS OF SEPT. 12, 2019

Due to the overwhelming demand for the program, applications are no longer being accepted. We will continue to take names and phone #s for first time applicants who wish to be placed on a call list, in the event that funds become available in 2019. Calls will only be accepted from Monday September 16th until Friday September 20th, 2019.

If you are a first time applicant and wish to have your name placed on the call list, please contact 613-933-6282 ext. 3108.

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Ontario Renovates is a popular home improvement program that assists low and moderate income families and seniors in Cornwall, Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry.

Eligible homeowners can receive funding for urgent home repairs as well as modifications to make their homes more accessible. Funding is intended for necessary repairs, not cosmetic repairs or general maintenance. Funding is not available for work that is already started.

Funding under the Ontario Renovates component takes the form of a forgivable loan without interest.

2019 Application Priorities

  • First-time applicants
  • Accessibility requests (whether a first-time applicant or not)
  • All other requests will be added to a call list and only contacted if there are available funds to assist with further requests

Ontario Renovates has two components:

  • Necessary Home Repair: eligible homeowners can receive a maximum forgivable loan of $19,000, which is earned over a ten year period. Projects that may qualify under this component can include upgrades to heating systems, doors, windows, roofs, and electrical systems.
  • Accessibility Modification: eligible homeowners can receive a maximum grant of $5,000. Projects that may qualify under this component include ramps, handrails, etc.

Participating homeowners must have an assessed house value below $238,489 and be below the following income limits:

  • Household of 1: $42,800
  • Household of 2: $51,000
  • Household of 3-4: $58,100
  • Household of 5 or more: $63,200

Applications can be picked up, starting Tuesday, September 3, at the Housing Access Centre (340 Pitt Street, third floor, Cornwall), or accessed online at www.Cornwall.ca/ontariorenovates.

Applications will be accepted in person from Monday, September 9 to Friday, September 20, or until maximum funding has been reached – whichever occurs first. Please note that on Wednesday, September 11, the office will be closed in the afternoon.

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