City of Toronto Programs for 2016

City Programs for Low-Income Residents 2016

Toronto Hydro Home Assistance Program for Homeowners and Tenants

This program helps homeowners and tenants make their homes energy efficient: less energy is used, making it easier for you to manage your energy costs.

How does it work?

1 – a detailed in-home energy assessment is done for free.

2 – professional installation at no cost of equipment and appliances is performed (energy-saving light bulbs, energy-efficient refrigerator and freezers, programmable thermostat, weather-stripping around doors and windows).

3 – helpful advice is provided by an energy expert.

Am I eligible?

-          when your name  appears on your Toronto Hydro bill.

-          when you own or rent your home (if you rent your home, you must have written permission from your landlord or property manager to participate).

-          when you house  is less  than  600 square meters (6,400 sq. ft.).

-          when you meet one of the requirements:

a) you received a Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) grant within the past 12 months

b) you have received one of the following within the past 12 months: National Child Benefit Supplement, Allowance for the Survivor, Guaranteed Income Supplement, Allowance for Seniors, Ontario Works, Ontario Disability Support Program

c) your annual household income does not exceed the amounts shown:

1 person: $32,212

2 people: $40,103

3 people: $49,302

4 people: $59,859

5 people: $67,892

6 people: $76,569

7 or + people: $85,248

Enbridge Home Winter Proofing Program   

This will help keep your home warm and comfortable all winter, and save energy.

The Process is easy and at no cost for you:

1. once you apply, your application is reviewed to see if you are eligible.

2. an Enbridge delivery agent will visit your home to see what improvements are needed.

3. professional contractors will install insulation and draft proofing measures.

4. after the work is complete, an Enbridge delivery agent will do an audit to measure how your energy efficiency has improved.

If you qualify, you could receive: new insulation and draft proofing installed, savings of up to 30% on your energy use — and lower energy bills. These efficiency improvements are performed at no cost.

How do you qualify?

-          if your home is heated with natural gas.

-          if you are a customer of Enbridge Gas Distribution.

-          if your name appears on the Enbridge bill.

-          if you participate in one of the following Government assistance programs: Ontario Works, Guaranteed Income Supplement, National Child Benefit Supplement, Allowance for Seniors, Allowance for Survivors, Ontario Disability Support Program, Electric Utility HAP Program, Healthy Smiles Ontario Child Dental Program

-          if your household income is no more than the amounts on the following chart:

1 person: $32,843

2 people: $40,886

3 people: $50,266

4 people: $61,028

5 people: $69,217

6 people: $78,065

7 or + people: $86,914

Toronto Renovates Homeowner Program

This program offers federal/ provincial funding for low-income seniors and people with a disability who wish to make health and safety repairs or accessibility modifications to their homes.

This program offers federal/ provincial funding for low-income seniors and people with a disability who wish to make health and safety repairs or accessibility modifications to their homes.

To be considered for funding under the program:

-          you must be 65 or over or disabled or both

-          your household income must be below the following limits:

single person: $39,511

2 individuals: $50,800

3 individuals: $71,120

4 ou + individuals: $88,900

-          the value of your home must be no more than $630,898. This value is determined by provincial funding rules and is subject to change and will be based on Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) information.

Application Process:

If you meet the eligibility criteria and wish to be assessed to determine if you qualify for Toronto Renovates, you will be asked to complete a Toronto Renovates Assessment form; once the Affordable Housing Office has received your Assessment Request Form and has confirmed eligibility, you will receive a letter providing you with a tracking number and further details; the Toronto Renovates Program Officer will assess your eligibility, and when confirmed, the officer will help you submit a Toronto Renovates Application Package, which will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Choosing a Contractor:

City of Toronto Staff cannot recommend a contractor or provide a list of contractors. You are responsible for obtaining contractor quotations for the work you need done under the program. Quotations or bids from at least two independent contractors is recommended before you make a decision.

Tax and Water Relief Programs

The City offers assistance to low-income seniors or persons with disability with their Property Tax and Water billing:

a) Property Tax Increase Cancellation Program

To qualify for a cancellation of a property tax increase you must:

- have a combined household income of $38,570 or less AND

- have a residential assessment of $715,000 or less AND

- be 65 years of age or older; OR,

- be 60-64 years of age and be in receipt of a Guaranteed Income Supplement under the Old Age Security Act; if widowed, be in receipt of the Spouses Allowance under the Old Age Security Act; OR,

- be a person with a disability and be in receipt of disability benefits.

b) Property Tax Increase Deferral Program

This program gives low-income seniors and low-income persons with a disability the opportunity to apply for a deferral of property tax increases.

To qualify for a deferral of a property tax increase you must:

- have a combined household income of $50,000 or less AND

- be 65 years of age or older; OR,

- be 60-64 years of age and be in receipt of a Guaranteed Income Supplement under the Old Age Security Act; if widowed, be in receipt of the Spouses Allowance under the Old Age Security Act; OR,

- be 50 years of age or older and be receiving either a pension or a pension annuity resulting from a pension plan under the Income Tax Act (Canada); OR,

- be a person with a disability and be in receipt of disability benefits.

c) Water Rebate Program

This program offers a water rebate if you are a low-income senior or a low-income person with a disability who consumes less than 400 cubic meters (m³) of water each year.

To qualify for the water rebate program you must:

- have a combined household income of $50,000 or less

- consume less than 400 m³ annually

- have metered water service in your home. (if you have applied for a meter to be installed in your home, and are still on a flat rate billing program, you may submit your application to be considered)AND

- be 65 years of age or older OR

- be 60-64 years of age and be in receipt of a Guaranteed Income Supplement under the Old Age Security Act; if widowed, be in receipt of the Spouse’s Allowance under the Old Age Security Act OR

- be 50 years of age or older and be receiving either a pension or a pension annuity resulting from a pension plan under the Income Tax Act (Canada) OR

Be a person with a disability and be in receipt of disability benefits.

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