Social Housing Apartment Improvement Program (SHAIP)


The Social Housing Apartment Improvement Program (SHAIP) is a capital program for eligible retrofits that utilize the latest low-carbon and carbon-free energy technologies/systems in social housing apartment buildings to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.


SHAIP was announced in the 2017 Federal budget and Niagara received a notional allocation of up to $2,489,627 for 2017-18 and $4,416,322 for 2018-19 to 2020-21.


  • Must be social housing, i.e. must be subject to a transferred housing program under the Housing Services Act, 2011
  • Must be a single high-rise social housing apartment building
  • Must have 150 or more units for Year 1 (2017-18) and 100 or more units for Year 2 (2018-19) to Year 4 (2020-21), unless otherwise approved through a business case
  • Must be elevator-serviced
  • Eligible Building Retrofits

  • Replacing building heating and/or cooling systems, equipment, and associated sub-components including items such as mechanical insulation
  • Upgrading exterior or interior building insulation
  • Solar walls
  • Upgrading building windows and/or exterior doors
  • Upgrading building lighting systems including converting to light-emitting diode (LED) lighting systems, lighting controls, and sensors
  • Re-cladding or upgrading building envelopes
  • Retrofits that utilize low-carbon and carbon-free energy technologies/systems
  • The cost of required building energy audit reports
  • How to Apply

    Housing Providers must submit a Business Case for each job/project they wish to complete with SHAIP funding. The Business Case must include supporting documentation, e.g. technical reports, quotes/estimates, etc.

    More information on the SHAIP Business Case can be found at in the Providers section.


    Housing Providers approved for SHAIP funding will be required to:

  • Sign a Contribution Agreement which will describe the legal obligations and reporting requirement for the approved project
  • Submit invoices to receive payment for approved work under SHAIP
  • Track and report SHAIP funding received on their annual audited financial statements
  • Recovery of Funding

    NRH will take all available remedies to recover funding if a Housing Provider is not in compliance with the program guidelines or fails to complete the approved work within the program timelines.

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