KAWARTHA LAKES-If you own your home and have been in need of repairs, energy efficient upgrades or accessibility changes, there may be some help available.
The City of Kawartha Lakes says it is participating in an Ontario Priorities Housing Initiative (OPHI) which was developed to help homeowners improve their living conditions by providing financial assistance to make repairs or accessibility changes.
Kawartha-Haliburton Renovates provides a forgivable loan up to $20,000 for repairs such as roofs, plumbing, heating, foundations, wells, septic systems, etc. Up to $5,000 is also available to reduce physical barriers such as ramps, handrails, chair and bath lifts, countertop height changes.
Applications will be reviewed on a priority basis based on income and the type of repair. The program for 2023 starts on March 8, 2023 and applications can be submitted until April 8, 2023.
Applicants must own their own home. The market value of their home must be at or below $564,751. The applicant’s household income cannot exceed these limits.
- 1 Bedroom – $36,000
- 2 Bedroom – $42,500
- 3 Bedroom – $48,000
- 4+ Bedroom – $59,500
Applicants must have adequate home insurance, be current with property taxes and mortgage payments and their home must be located in the City of Kawartha Lakes or the County of Haliburton.
Applications and further information are available here website, or from the City of Kawartha Lakes Human Services Department by calling 705-324-9870 or 1-877-324-9870 or by emailing cklhumanservices@