Toronto Renovates Program: A Comprehensive Guide

Are you a homeowner in Toronto looking to give your space a refreshing makeover? The City of Toronto’s Toronto Renovates program offers an incredible opportunity to renovate and enhance your home. However, diving into renovations can be a daunting task without the right guidance and expertise. Astaneh Construction is here to provide you with a comprehensive roadmap to navigate through this program and ensure a smooth renovation journey.

Understanding Toronto Renovates

The Toronto Renovates program is an excellent initiative by the City of Toronto aimed at helping homeowners make necessary repairs or upgrades to their homes. While the city staff is more than willing to assist you in accessing the program, it’s crucial to understand that the responsibility of obtaining contractor quotations falls on your shoulders.

Finding Reputable Contractors

Selecting the right contractor or renovator is the cornerstone of a successful renovation project. Here are some steps to identify reputable companies:


  • Word-of-Mouth: Seek recommendations from family, friends, and neighbors.
  • Local Businesses: Consider local companies with an established presence in the community. Your neighborhood hardware store might be a great resource.
  • Industry Associations: Explore resources like BILD and RenoMark for ethical and reliable contractors.
  • Authorized Contractor Programs: Organizations like ESA maintain authorized contractor programs.

References and Qualifications

  • Check References: Request and verify references from past customers.
  • Contractor Qualifications: Ensure contractors have a valid City of Toronto Trades License, necessary insurance, and a valid HST number.

Reviewing Quotations

  • Detailed Quotes: Ensure quotes are in writing, detailed, and aligned with Toronto Renovates work descriptions.
  • Clear Terms: Understand the total price, payment terms, schedule of work, and HST details.

Signing a Contract

  • Thorough Review: Carefully read and understand the contract before signing.
  • Confirm Funding: Do not sign until you have confirmation of Toronto Renovates funding.
  • Cooling Off Period: Remember the 10-day cooling off period for contracts signed in your home.

Additional Resources and Support

Astaneh Construction acknowledges that navigating through a renovation project involves more than just finding the right contractor. Here are some additional resources to support your journey:

  • Consumer Protection: Familiarize yourself with the Ontario Consumer Protection Act and the cooling off period.
  • 211 Toronto: Access a 24/7 information and referral agency for assistance in multiple languages.
  • External Resources: Explore resources provided by CMHC, the Canadian Home Builders’ Association, and other governmental bodies for further guidance.
  • Link to Program: Click here to read more about the Toronto Renovates program.

In conclusion, Astaneh Construction proudly holds a license with the Toronto Municipal and Standards as a building renovator, ensuring compliance with the city’s rigorous standards. Additionally, we are registered with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), prioritizing safety and accountability in every renovation endeavor.

By choosing Astaneh Construction, you’re not only selecting a contractor endorsed by the Toronto Municipal and Standards but also partnering with a team dedicated to adhering to safety protocols mandated by the WSIB. This commitment guarantees a seamless and secure renovation experience for your home. Contact us today to discuss your next home or condo renovation.

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