Social Development


Tower Renewal

Tower Renewal is a program to drive broad environmental, social, economic, and cultural change by improving Toronto's concrete apartment towers and the neighbourhoods that surround them.   

What's New?


Recipe for Community

Recipe for Community is a Toronto Foundation and City of Toronto led initiative to engage neighbourhood residents young and old to improve the sense of belonging and safety in their communities. It's one way we're improving our city from the ground up, one neighbourhood at a time. The initiative brings together donors, sponsors and residents to invest in four key community "ingredients": food, convening, youth engagement, and neighbourhood beautification.


New RAC Zoning

The Residential Apartment Commercial (RAC) zone will set rules for new small scale commercial and community uses in selected apartment neighbourhoods. Six community consultation meetings were held this spring to get feedback on the RAC Zone site selection and amendments.

Check here to learn more about the new RAC zone.


Hi-RIS (High-rise Retrofit Improvement Support Program)

Financing Available! City Council approved a pilot program to support residential property owners in undertaking energy efficiency & water conservation improvements. A $10 million envelope is available for qualifying multi-residential properties over the 3 year pilot. Program information including a sample of the Property Owner Agreement (PDF) and Program application forms are now available.


Tower Renewal Case Studies

Tower Renewal has a mandate to promote and facilitate continuous improvement in older hi-rise residential communities across Toronto. As part of this mandate, the first 4 in an ongoing series of Case Studies has been created to showcase successful practices in improving building performance, resident comfort and satisfaction, and community improvement by companies participating in the Tower Renewal STEP and Benchmark program.

Learning About Tower Renewal

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Reports & Studies

Read more of the reports and studies that provide evidence for tower renewal-related activities



Check out Tower Renewal events for our respective core project areas including workshops, seminars, lectures, presentations and more.


Original Pilot Sites

Learn more about the four pilot sites part of the original Tower Renewal study from 2009 - 2011.


Why Tower Renewal?

Find out more about the reasons for a focus on Tower Renewal including climate change, apartment building density, increasing energy costs and more.