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

Through Ontario Renovates, eligible homeowners can receive funding for urgent home repairs as well as modifications to make their homes more accessible.

The property must be located within the City of Cornwall or the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry. Funding is not available for work that is already started.

Other eligibility criteria include but are not limited to:

  • Maximum household income limits
  • Maximum house values

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

This program is intended for necessary repairs of dwellings such as single, semi-detached, townhouse/row house and mobile homes (where the home is not located on leased land).   It is not intended for cosmetic repairs or general maintenance.

The work required must not have been started prior to the approval of the Service Manager; any work begun prior to approval will not be considered.

The Ontario Renovates application period is currently CLOSED.  Please check back at a later date for further updates.

 Do I qualify?

Applicant(s) must be at least 18 years of age and own a home that is their sole and primary residence in Cornwall Stormont, Dundas or Glengarry.

Income will be considered based on line 236 of the previous year’s income tax Notice of Assessment.  If income has drastically and permanently changed, as a result of a sudden medical condition, then the current year’s income can be considered.  The maximum eligible combined income per “household” is:

  • Household of 1: $42,000
  • Household of 2: $50,000
  • Household of 3-4: $57,000
  • Household of 5+: $62,000

“Household Members” [for this purpose]

  • include the homeowner(s) spouse, partner, relative, and any children or dependents 18 years of age or older who are not full-time students
  • a person of no relation that resides in the home

The municipal assessed value of the property (as per MPAC or municipal taxes) must be less than $191,735.

A maximum of up to $18,000 per household may be approved for Necessary Home Repairs under the Ontario Renovations component.

A maximum of up to $5,000 per household may be approved for Necessary Modified Home Repairs under the Ontario Renovations component.

The maximum amount available is also based on the difference between your assessed property value (MPAC or Municipal taxes) and any liens against the property (ei, current mortgage balance, lines of credit, legal aid liens, etc.)

 How do I apply? 

The Ontario Renovates application period is currently CLOSED. Please check back at a later date for updates.

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Applications must be received in person at Social & Housing Service Department, Housing Division, 340 Pitt Street, 3rd Floor, Cornwall ON K6H 5T9.

Only completed applications received will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis. 

Applicants can apply for both the neccesary home repairs and the accessibility repairs.

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Housing Access Centre
340 Pitt Street - 3rd Floor
Cornwall, Ontario
K6J 3P9
Phone: 613-937-7512 x0
Fax: 613-938-9734
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