In January 2015, Social Development, Finance and Administration restructured and created a new Tower and Neighbourhood Revitalization Unit with a greater focus on partner collaboration and implementation of Tower Renewal and Community Revitalization mandates.
Tower Renewal is now a permanent City program that will continue to drive broad environmental, social, economic, and cultural change by improving Toronto's concrete apartment towers and the neighbourhoods that surround them.
This holistic approach focuses on physical, social and economic infrastructure improvements to build safer, stronger and healthier neighbourhoods while significantly enhancing the quality of life for the residents.
Need to upgrade an apartment building? Financing is available! The City of Toronto Hi-RIS Program offers low-cost loans to help apartment building owners make energy-saving retrofits and upgrades to their buildings. A $10 million envelope is available for eligible properties. Learn more about Hi-RIS and access the Program application forms.
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.
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 in the spring of 2014 to get feedback on the RAC Zone site selection and amendments.
Check here to learn more about the new RAC zone
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.
The City of Toronto has won a Sustainable Communities Award from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities for two innovative financing programs that promote energy efficiency improvements in residential properties. Learn more about Toronto's High-rise Retrofit Improvement Support Program (Hi-RIS), low cost financing for apartment buildings.