The Ontario Renovates Program is designed to improve the living conditions of low to moderate households in need. It offers financial assistance to complete home repair deficiencies, energy-efficiency upgrades and accessibility upgrades for persons with disabilities.
This program will be administered through the Housing Services Division of Huron County and home inspections will be completed by South Bruce Home Inspection Services.
The program provides assistance in the form of a grant for accessibility upgrades (under $3,500) or a forgiveable loan for home repairs (to a maximum of $12,000).
The Ontario Renovates Program for 2013-14 begins April 2, 2013.
Who is eligible?
You may be eligible if your total household income is at or below $68,000, and own a home in Huron County that is your sole and principal residence with a market value of $211,000 or below. All property taxes and mortgage payments must be up to date and insurance coverage in place for the full value of the home. Your home must be in need of repair, energy or accessibility upgrades.
How much financial assistance can I receive?
Funding for accessibility upgrades, up to a maximum of $3,500 is in the form of grant, and does not require repayment.
Funding for repairs for homeowners will be in the form of a 10-year forgivable loan. The maximum amount is $12,000 and will be secured by a promissory note provided by the County of Huron.
What types of repairs can be done?
Eligible repairs under the Ontario Renovates Program may include major repairs and rehabilitation required to make your home safe while improving energy efficiency. Examples include, but are not limited to:
- Heating systems including furnace replacement
- Doors and windows
- Roofs, walls, floors and ceilings
- Vents, louvers
- Electrical systems
- Plumbing, toilet replacement, water heaters
- Septic systems and well water, well drilling
Modifications to increase accessibility related to housing, and to the occupant's disability include, but are not limited to:
- Chair and bath lifts
- Height adjustments to countertops
- Cues for doorbells and/or fire alarms
How do I apply?
Applications and additional information are available by contacting Huron County Housing Services at 519.482.8505, during regular business hours Monday thru Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.