Evaluation of a micro homes pilot project in Ontario; co-designing best practices for the implementation of housing projects to address chronic homelessness

In recent years, significant attention has been paid to ending chronic homelessness in Canadian communities. As communities implement these initiatives, they confront many practical problems. Given the nuances of implementation and the many decisions and compromises that communities need to make, having a robust and thoughtful community engagement and co-design process that incorporates the relevant stakeholders is essential.

Implementing lessons learned from the pandemic to support our vulnerable populations

The purpose of this project is to improve the lives of citizens in The Region of Durham through a partnership between the Regional government and Ontario Tech University. This project will tackle issues related to aiding vulnerable populations in our communities such as members of our homeless population and seniors living in long-term care homes.

Comprehensive Waste Management Plan and Assessment

Durham Region is committed to responding to the climate emergency by embedding climate change considerations across all elements of Regional business. This research will involve an examination of the Region’s entire waste management system and develop a full life cycle analysis model for GHG emissions which can be used to identify opportunities and support strategies to reduce GHG emissions caused by waste management activities.

Durham Region District Energy Assessment and Feasibility Study

The objective of this study is to develop a district energy evaluation and plan for the Regional Municipality of Durham. This will be achieved by analyzing and assessing the current energy demand and response at the Region of Durham throughout all sectors, including commercial, institutional, industrial and residential sectors. There are numerous potential district energy nodes throughout the member municipalities within the region. Furthermore, the region houses two major nuclear power plants, which can be leveraged as potential energy sources for district energy.