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Renewable Energy Investments in Social and Affordable Housing

This research evaluates the Renewable Energy Initiative (REI), a federal-provincial economic stimulus program that supported the installation of renewable energy (RE) systems within Ontario’s social and affordable housing sector between 2010 and 2011.

It documents the benefits of REI investments by evaluating their effectiveness in achieving social, economic and environmental outcomes for social and affordable housing providers and the Province of Ontario, while documenting insights on sector capacity, project implementation, program design and provider experience.

The report also looks forward, providing insights on preferred investment strategies and recommended policy interventions to reduce GHG emissions in social and affordable housing and accelerate the transition to net-zero communities.