High-rise Retrofit Improvement Support (Hi-RIS) is made possible through an amendment to the provincial regulation regarding local improvement charges. A local improvement charge is a municipal financing tool traditionally used to help cover the costs of local infrastructure improvements (e.g. street lights, sidewalks for a particular street). The amendment allows municipalities to advance funding to consenting private property owners to cover the cost of undertaking building improvements that provide energy efficiency and water conservation benefits.

View the City Council decision and staff report regarding the program.

View the most recent City Council approved changes and staff report on the program.

View more information about the LIC regulatory amendment.