Tower & Neighbourhood Revitalization Unit


Tower Renewal Program

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.  It will continue to focus on the implementation of key initiatives including: High-Rise Retrofit Improvement Support (Hi-RIS) program; Residential Apartment Commercial (RAC) Zoning; benchmarking of building energy performance; and community engagement projects.

Programs & Services


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

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.


New RAC Zoning

Residential Apartment Commercial (RAC) zoning allows small-scale non-residential uses on more than 400 apartment buildings sites that were previously residential-only.

Check here to learn more about the new RAC zone.

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The STEP Program

This program provides an analysis of building operations, energy uses, and provides recommendations for energy retrofits for private high-rise apartment building owners.

Tower Renewal Publications

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Implementation Book (PDF)

This resource will help you learn more about the dramatic positive impacts of Tower Renewal in the first few years of the project's implementation.


Accomplishments Book (PDF)

This report highlights the progress of the City's Tower Renewal initiatives over a two-year period between 2011 - 2013

Learning about Tower Renewal


Reports & Studies

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


Original Pilot Sites

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

Why Tower Renewal

This section provides a general overview of the original categories behind the Tower Renewal concept.