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?


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.


Raising the Performance of Apartment Buildings - Report

This study follows over 40 buildings participating in the STEP Program to document the benefits of aspects of the STEP program, including on-site assessment, building performance analysis (using utility data) and benchmarking. The report tracks what building owners and managers learn about their buildings and shows how STEP can be used to improve building performance.


Tower Renewal Waste Diversion Report Phase 2 (PDF)

This report covers the seven steps in the project: the selection of 10 field test buildings, stakeholder engagement, review of existing conditions, identification and review of strategic options, implementation & monitoring of strategies, post-implementation review and analysis and developing a waste diversion plan.

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.