ONPHA Innovation Award

Sponsored by

Enbridge: Life Takes Energy

About the Award

The ONPHA Innovation Award recognizes non-profit housing providers that have developed an innovative response to an environmental, operational or community challenge.

Their initiatives demonstrate promising outcomes and serve as inspirations for other non-profit housing providers.

2021 Winner

Blue Door

Blue Door is York Region's largest emergency housing provider, delivering lifesaving support to children, youth, men, women and families at risk of or experiencing homelessness and helping them to attain and retain affordable housing. 

In 2020, Blue Door launched CONSTRUCT, offering participants in-class training and hands-on work experience. Working with program partners LiUNA [LIE-OO-NAH] Local 506, Durham Youth Services, Carpenters Local 27 and the YMCA of Greater Toronto, the 8-week program helps vulnerable youth and adults attain high-wage and in-demand careers in the construction trades. With CONSTRUCT, Blue Door has helped meet the needs of those it serves while filling need for skilled labour in the construction industry. Its success provides a model for housing providers looking to create a similar program. 

We're pleased to honour Blue Door with the 2021 ONPHA Innovation Award for its CONSTRUCT program.