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Learn about how we build up green affordable housing

What is Building Up?

Building Up is Toronto’s leading social contractor.

Our experienced tradespeople collaborate with trainees previously facing barriers to employment to provide Toronto with a range of high quality construction services. We provide an opportunity for customers to improve the livability of their spaces while propelling the careers of community members.

Make sure your next project is done right – for you and your community.

Economically Viable

Our team completes work efficiently at a low cost to our clients. We have developed expertise across a number of different trades and services, including: water efficient retrofits, interior renovations, apartment turnovers and general labour.

Environmentally Responsible

A large portion of Building Up’s work generates a significant reduction in overconsumption. Building Up has completed more than 5,000 water efficient retrofits, which have generated over 4.5 billion litres in water savings. 

Socially Inspiring

Building Up runs an intensive pre-apprenticeship trades training program for individuals who face barriers to employment. The profits generated by our work fund this social cause. 90% of Building Up graduates have moved into apprenticeships and/or full time employment.

Services We Offer

With hundreds of people coming through our doors every year, we have a pool of trained labour to support your labour needs. If you need help with anything, give us a call. 

Building Up renovates bathrooms, kitchens and entire homes. We also provide apartment turnover services (painting, flooring and general maintenance) and will provide a free quote. Give us a call and take away the hassle of finding a reliable contractor.

Building Up installs 3 litre toilets, and highly efficient showerheads and faucet aerators in apartment buildings. We provide a free water audit to project savings and generally see reductions in bills that lead to a 1-3 year payback.

Meet Calvin

Watch this story about one of our graduates, Calvin, to get a better sense of the Building Up mission and how we are changing lives.
Retrofits Completed


  • During the first four months of 2015 the average water consumption at 25 Leonard was about 40 m3 per day and after you replaced the toilets at the end of April the usage dropped to approximately 15 m3 per day. The cash savings goes straight to our bottom line.

    Jon Harstone
    Executive Director, St Clare's Multifaith Housing
  • Building Up’s entire team was professional and friendly from dealing with Marc and Adam on the administrative side to Mason and the installers on site. Since Building Up has serviced our buildings, we have seen amazing savings and we look forward to working with them again in the future.

    Elizabeth McLean
    Carpark Management
  • Building Up’s innovative, holistic and supportive approach allows participants to build their confidence, while gaining skills to become a registered apprentice in the construction sector. LiUNA Local 506 Training Centre is a proud partner that has trained and hired several Building UP graduates, who are registered apprentices, working on major construction project in the GTA. We are a proud supporter of Building UP and will continue to train and provide meaningful employment to successful participants.

    Ted Gedney
    Training Director, LiUNA Local 506 Training Centre

Interested in working with Building Up?

Get in touch with us to discuss your project, set up a free water audit or receive a quote.