Minto Group (Minto) is one of the premier real estate companies in Canada with a fully integrated real estate investment, development, and investment business platform. Since 1955, Minto has built more than 94,000 new homes, and currently manages more than 13,900 rental suites and 2.4 million square feet of office and retail space.

Minto is committed to creating healthy, vibrant communities by:

  • Investing in innovations
  • Reducing the environmental impact of our operations as well as our products
  • Ensuring our communities and workplaces are healthy and safe
  • Supporting the communities we live and work in through corporate philanthropy and volunteerism
  • Supporting the professional development of our people
  • Rewarding our employees for their contributions.

Learn more about Minto’s sustainability plans.

Accomplishments at the Building Portfolio

  • Number of Buildings enrolled in the portfolio: 12 of 12
  • GHG Emissions Intensity: 4.10 kgCO₂e/sq ft²/yr
  • Total GHG Emissions: 8,293 tCO₂e/yr

Established ESG Strategy

In 2020, Minto Apartment REIT developed a holistic ESG strategy, including the following energy and carbon initiatives:

  • Reduce portfolio energy use by 10 per cent and water use by 5 per cent by 2025, compared to a 2019 baseline
  • Measure embodied carbon in new developments to drive low-carbon development decisions
  • Deploy a renewable energy strategy for new development and operated properties

Awards and Recognition for Green Contributions

Minto was named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for 2019, and in 2020 Minto Apartments was honoured to receive the Federation of Rental-Housing Providers of Ontario’s MAC awards for Environmental Excellence and Certified Rental Building Program Member of the Year.

Partnership with Natural Resources Canada’s ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative (ecoEII) – Net Zero Killarney Single Family Home

The Net Zero Killarney Single Family Home was constructed in 2015 along with a block of Net Zero Executive Townhomes in 2016 which is still open to tour.

These homes were part of Natural Resources Canada’s ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative (ecoEII) that fostered innovation in the clean energy sector by providing funding for research, technology development and demonstration (RD&D) projects. As a result of these projects and initiatives, Minto has been awarded EnerQuality’s Ontario Green Builder of the Year in 2011, 2013, 2014, and 2015 & Energy Star builder in 2016 and 2017.

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certifications

Minto has achieved LEED Gold certification at 150 Roehampton and 620 Martin Grove buildings, 39 Niagara property currently undergoing LEED certification and targeting LEED Silver.

All Minto Buildings Participate in Canada Green Building Council’s (CaGBC) Disclosure Challenge

All Minto Buildings participate in CaGBC’s Disclosure Challenge. Minto and other participating organizations publicly share building data, demonstrating a commitment to the responsible management of their assets and, ultimately, to energy and greenhouse gas emissions reductions. With the Disclosure Challenge, participants demonstrate the value that data transparency can provide, as well as identifying recommended considerations to help streamline building performance data reporting and requirements at municipal and provincial levels.

2021 Minto Dream Home Net Zero

The Minto Dream Home produces as much energy as it consumes annually and is categorized by Minto as a Net Zero Energy Home. This was achieved through a number of interacting mechanical systems:

  • Hyper-efficient insulation
  • Triple-paned windows
  • State-of-the-art heating and cooling
  • Heat recovery ventilator
  • Solar panels on the roof to power everything in the house.

All of this makes for better indoor comfort and air quality, lower energy costs for the homeowner, and less impact on the planet – resulting in a home that’s up to 80 per cent more energy-efficient than a regular home.

Building the Minto Dream Home is just one step on Minto’s ongoing path toward being able to offer Net Zero to everyone as the new standard in the future.

Disclaimer: Profiles presented are based on information provided by participants. Participants’ GHG emissions performance published are based on utility data submitted and converted to GHG emissions. The emission factors applied aligns with the period of energy data reported (2019). The emission factors utilized for the conversion are calculated based on a combination of sources: Government of Canada (National Inventory Report & Canada’s Proposed Greenhouse Gas Quantification Requirements), Government of Ontario (Guide: Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting), The Atmospheric Fund (A Clearer View on Ontario’s Emissions – Electricity emissions factors and guidelines) and Enbridge Gas Inc. (Chemical Composition of Natural Gas).