Welcome to ONPHA’s one-stop hub of potential funding opportunities for members. This page will be updated as we learn about new programs and opportunities, so check back often.

Know of an opportunity that’s not listed below? Tell us! Send us an email at communications@onpha.org.

Funding Opportunities

Up to $100,000 available through the Innovation, Evidence and Capacity Building Fund

The Ministry of Housing has announced the Innovation, Evidence and Capacity Building (IEC) Fund to provide up to $1 million total funding in the 2017-18 years. The purpose of the fund is to address the varying levels of capacity amongst communities and to support local system transformation.
Up to $100,000 is available per accepted project.

Fund guidelines | Application  form

CMHC Seed Funding Program: Contributions and Interest-free loans

The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s (CMHC) Seed Funding provides financial assistance to support activities that will help facilitate the creation of new affordable housing units and help existing housing remain viable. Apply for Seed Funding to help cover some of the costs of your affordable housing project. Seed Funding is available in the form a non-repayable contributions of up to $50,000, with the potential for additional funds in the form of a fully repayable, interest-free loan of up to $200,000.

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Canada Post Community Foundation

Last year more than $1.1M was raised for Canada Post’s Community Foundation for Children to promote community, education and health. Non-profit housing providers may be eligible for funding of up to $30,000 per grant for projects or initiatives that have a positive impact in the lives of children.

Learn more on the Canada Post website

Several national funding opportunities have been announced in honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary:

  • Community Foundations of Canada provides a list of grants being offered by community foundations across the country. The Ontario opportunities have different eligibility criteria and many have upcoming deadlines so be sure to look into this sooner rather than later.

Many of these grants may be relevant to work ONPHA members are currently doing, and some of them could be undertaken in partnership with other organizations. 

Save On Energy Retrofit programs

Save on Energy Retrofit incentives reduce project and operational costs for equipment upgrades – and open the door to new possibilities for your business. Whether it’s a lighting upgrade, motor and heating installations or new control systems, incorporating energy efficiency into your operations delivers benefits that reach far beyond your energy bill.

Social housing providers are eligible for special incentives including

  • Advance 50% of eligible financial incentive funding before project starts and after project approval by your local hydro company. 
  • Gap grant funding: Double the participant incentive capped at 50% of the project cost.

Get the most out of equipment upgrades by contacting your local hydro company and learn more about retrofit incentives and how they can help your organization gain a competitive edge.

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Affordable Housing Conservation Program

Union Gas's Affordable Housing Conservation Program helps housing providers fund improvements to increase energy efficiency and resident comfort on their properties, helping to repay capital outlay with rebates and ongoing savings. As part of the program, Union Gas will cover up to 50% of the total cost of the improvements.

Eligibility criteria:
Must be a Union Gas customer and a low-income or affordable housing provider (municipal, non-profit or co-op). Program applies to multi-family buildings greater than 3 stories, with natural gas heating and/or natural gas make up air. Further eligibility information is available at the link below.

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Home Depot Canada Foundation | Orange Door Project Grants

Provides funding to Canadian registered charities making repairs, refurbishments and/or modifications to a housing accommodation or other support facility that benefits homeless youth. Maximum grant: $50,000.

Email canadafoundation@homedepot.com to request to receive notifications about the granting cycle.

Home Depot Canada Foundation | Community Impact Grants

Provides registered Canadian charities with funding for affordable housing and community based improvement projects that benefit Canadians in need, with a focus is on supporting initiatives that prevent and end youth homelessness. Maximum grant: $5,000.

Learn more and apply on Home Depot’s website


Grants Ontario

Grants Ontario is your source for grants provided by a number of Government of Ontario ministries. The Grants Ontario website provides you with one-window access to information about grants that are available to you, how to apply for grants and how to check the status of your application.

Learn more and apply on the Grants Ontario website

Employment and Social Development Canada | Funding programs for jobs, training, and social development projects

Funding programs from Employment and Social Development Canada are government grants and contributions that help support jobs, training, and social development.

Learn more on the GEmployment and Social Development Canada website

Ontario Health and Long Term Care - Assistive Devices Program

The objective of the Assistive Devices Program (ADP) is to provide consumer centered support and funding to Ontario residents who have long-term physical disabilities and to provide access to personalized assistive devices appropriate for the individual’s basic needs.

Learn more on Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care website


March of Dimes Canada -The Home & Vehicle Modification Program

March of Dimes Canada's Home & Vehicle Modification Program provides funding for basic home and/or vehicle modifications. The program is intended to assist permanent Ontario residents with a substantial impairment expected to last one year or more, with their disability management.

Learn more | Program guidelines PDF