Ontario Renovates applications open next week

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Ontario Renovates applications open next week

CORNWALL, Ontario – The City of Cornwall is reminding residents that the Ontario Renovates program is opening its application process on Sept. 3.

“Through Ontario Renovates, eligible homeowners can receive funding for urgent home repairs as well as modifications to make their homes more accessible,” reads a statement on the City of Cornwall website. “The property must be located within the City of Cornwall or the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry. Funding is not available for work that is already started.”

Ontario Renovates funding comes in the form of a forgivable loan without interest and factors in maximum household income and maximum household value.

The funding is not available for cosmetic repairs or general maintenance and projects started before funding is approved are not eligible.

Applications can be picked up at the Housing Access Centre at 340 Pitt St. or online at cornwall.ca

Completed applications can be dropped off at the Housing Access Centre between Sept. 9 and Sept. 20, with the exception of Sept. 11 when the office will be closed in the afternoon.

“Income will be considered based on line 236 of the previous year’s income tax Notice of Assessment.  If income has drastically and permanently changed, as a result of a sudden medical condition, then the current year’s income can be considered,” reads a press release from the City of Cornwall.

Maximum household income for a one person household is $42,800, and $51,000 for a household of two, $58,100 for a household of three-to-four and $63,200 for a household of five or more.

Residents can receive up to $19,000 for necessary home repairs and up to $5,000 for necessary modified home repairs through the Ontario Renovates program.

“The maximum amount available is also based on the difference between your assessed property value (MPAC or Municipal taxes) and any liens against the property (i.e., current mortgage balance, lines of credit, legal aid liens, etc.),” the City of Cornwall press release reads.

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