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Affordable Housing Program

The CaGBC believes that all Canadians should have access to greener, more sustainable housing that fosters their health and well-being. Green affordable homes represent a great opportunity to reduce energy and resource consumption for funding agencies and residents alike, leading to lower utility costs, and the potential for significant financial savings.

Green homes aren't just cost efficient – among their many health benefits, they are designed to offer superior indoor air quality to minimize respiratory issues, and are often in locations that provide better access to public transit and local amenities, encouraging residents to walk more and drive less.

Through the generosity and foresight of the CaGBC, we were able to take the LEED process through to completion," says Sandy Hopkins, CEO of Habitat for Humanity Manitoba. "The energy and water efficiency of all these homes not only makes them environmentally friendly, but also more affordable by reducing the daily living costs for our low-income working families.

What does the CaGBC Affordable Green Homes Program offer?

The program provides charitable housing projects with free registration and certification under the internationally-recognized Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building certification program, which addresses homes as well as a broad range of other building types.

The program applies to LEED Canada for Homes projects.

What qualifies as an affordable homes project?

  • Homes must be built by charities.
  • Projects must meet the eligibility criteria for the LEED Canada for Homes rating system.
  • Projects that receive less than 50 per cent of their funding from a government entity may be eligible.
  • Projects that receive financing from a National Housing Act Insured Lender may also be eligible.

How to participate in this program

The CaGBC has a number of spots available to charitable building organizations each year, with that number reviewed annually.

Charitable organizations or projects that are interested in applying for free certification under the LEED Canada for Homes rating system are encouraged to confirm their eligibility by emailing or calling 1-866-941-1184.

Completed affordable homes projects in Canada

The first project to take advantage of the Affordable Green Housing Program was the Sir Sam Steele project, a group of homes built by Habitat for Humanity Manitoba with the assistance of local LEED Canada for Homes Provider prairieHOUSE Performance, Inc.

The homes feature innovative environmental features, including an exceptional building envelope designed for maximum insulation and air tightness; drain water heat recovery; and high performance heating and ventilation systems – saving up to 30 per cent a year in energy and water costs. The homes were completed in three phases over three years, and have now been awarded LEED Gold Certification from the CaGBC.

Additional projects that have participated in the Affordable Green Homes Program since it was piloted in 2013 include:

  • Salus Clementine Place in Ottawa, Ontario.
  • 5232 rue Turcot - Habitat pour l'humanité in Quebec City, Quebec.
  • Habitat for Humanity Niagara, St. Catharines Duplex in St. Catharines, Ontario.
  • Dubuisson Duplex in Quebec City, Quebec.