Our History

Our History

Our Story
begins with this simple belief. 

Our story begins in 1955, rooted in the belief that we could build better places to live, work and play, one home and one relationship at a time. Since then, we’ve accomplished a lot - celebrating new ventures, milestones, innovations and investments while always looking ahead to what’s possible.

Read on to learn more about our journey over the past 65+ years.

Early Years (1955-1999)

Minto's early years began in 1955 when four Ottawa brothers, Louis, Gilbert, Irving, and Lorry Greenberg, joined together to start a homebuilding business in Ottawa. By 1965, Minto had built more than 5,000 homes in Ottawa and was well on its way to becoming the region’s largest private landlord. In the late 70’s, Minto diversified and took a tremendous leap forward by expanding into Florida. By 1986, Minto established a toe-hold in Toronto. During this time, Minto also made its first foray into green building, developing the prototype Innova House to showcase state-of-the-art technologies such as solar-generated electricity. The project eventually led to new and innovative approaches in construction that would continue to today.

  • 1955

    Minto is born! “Mercury Homes” builds and sells its first home in Ottawa

      • Minto Place

    Minto founders (left to right). Irving, Lorry, Gilbert and Louis

  • 1960

    One of the first builders in Ontario to introduce pre-fab framing – increasing quality, lowering home prices and reducing waste

    • Neptune
    • The Neptune, a popular early Minto model home, Ottawa
  • 1970

    Established the Minto Foundation

  • 1978

    Minto heads for the sunshine and expands in Florida

  • 1986

    Minto breaks ground on its first foray into the Toronto market.

  • 1992

    Innova House -one of nine homes selected nationwide to demonstrate new techniques in energy and water efficiency and waste reduction

2000-2005

In the early 2000s, Minto continued to build and improve on key environmental, community and employee centric programs - furthering out commitment to building a business that always pushes itself to do better.

  • 2000

    Minto begins performing energy and water utility reduction retrofits

    • Sierra
  • 2001

    Minto completes first Minto Dream Home as part of the Children's Hospital of Ottawa Dream of a Lifetime Lottery. Minto has built this grand prize home annually ever since.

    • Sierra

    First Minto Dream Home, “Sierra” built for CHEO

  • 2003

    Minto builds its first ENERGY STAR home in Ottawa

    • Ottawa

    Ottawa

  • 2004

    Employee Volunteer Program introduced to encourage community involvement

  • 2005

    Employee Assistance Program (EAP) added to provide support for personal and work issues, overall well-being

  • 2005

    Annual incentive plan implemented comprising a mix of financial, customer, environmental and employee measures

2006

By 2006, Minto began to focus on employee culture and engagement recognizing the strong contributions of employees as an integral part of our success.

  • Employee engagement measurement introduced

  • Minto Scholarship Program introduced to support post-secondary education for children of employees

    • Radiance at Minto Gardens

    First high-rise residential Condominium to be LEED Canada certified - Radiance at Minto Gardens

2007

In 2007, Minto became widely recognized as a leader in environmental sustainability through certifications and coveted awards.

  • First in Canada LEED Gold certified residential condominium – Minto Roehampton

    • Radiance at Minto Gardens
  • FRPO (Federation of Rental-Housing Providers of Ontario) Environmental Excellence Award for Minto Roehampton

    • Minto Roehampton

    Minto Roehampton

2008

2008 brought the development of Minto and Canada's first net zero inspiration home and provided the first step in our journey to net zero.

  • Minto builds Canada's first Net Zero Inspiration Home

    • Net zero Inspiration Home
  • First to be named Green Builder of the Year by the Ontario Home Builder’s Association

    • Net zero Inspiration Home
  • First mutli-residental building of its size in North American to achieve LEED Gold - Minto Midtown

    • Net zero Inspiration Home

    Minto Midtown in Toronto

  • Formal Board of Directors introduced

2009-2011

The mid-2000s brought with it the development of Minto's first environemntal sustainability report, exciting developments in Florida and important steps forward in recognizing and rewarding employees.

  • 2009

    First Environmental Report issued

    • First Environmental Report issued
  • 2010

    Minto Florida’s Cascada community wins the Aurora Award for Best Energy Efficient Home

  • 2010

    Code of Conduct Introduced

  • 2011

    Minto implements International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”), the highest standard of reporting and disclosure

  • 2011

    Annual Greenberg Awards recognize employee contributions aligned to company values

    • Annual Greenberg Awards recognize employee contributions aligned to company values

2012-2015

In the years 2012 through 2015, Minto continued it's journey across Canada by expanding into Calgary. In this time, we also brought on our first non-fmaily CEO who has helped to successfully lead the organization through our next phase of growth.

  • 2012

    Minto expands into Calgary, Alberta

    • Ottawa
  • 2012

    The first and largest LEED Platinum Core and Shell office tower in Canada to be named The National Outstanding Building of the Year by BOMA - 80 Kent in Ottawa

    • Ottawa
  • 2013

    First non-family chief executive appointed

  • 2015

    Began participating in annual global real estate sustainability benchmarking assessment (GRESB)

  • 2015

    Comprehensive cybersecurity strategy developed and launched

  • 2015

    Implemented new Performance Management Process with peer reviews

  • 2015

    Minto expands into Edmonton, Alberta

    • Ottawa
  • 2015

    Minto completed five Net Zero Energy homes as part of the ecoEII program funded by Natural Resources Canada

    • Ottawa

2016-2019

In the years 2016 through 2019, Minto continued to expand and grow moving into Montreal and spinning off Minto Apartment REIT.

  • 2016

    BRAVO! employee recognition program introduced

  • 2018

    Updated Retirement Savings Plan includes employer contributions

    • Ottawa
  • 2018

    Minto spins off Minto Apartment REIT and begins trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol MI.UN.

    • Ottawa
  • 2019

    Named one of Canada's Greenest Employers for 2019 by Canada’s Top 100 Employers project

  • 2019

    EnerQuality Award – Innovation High-Rise: Minto Yorkville Park for Large Building Air Tightness pilot project

  • 2019

    Minto expands into Montreal, Quebec

2020

The spread of a global pandemic in 2019 through 2020 reaffirmed our steadfast commitment to our employees, customers, communities and the environment—and moved us to take bold actions forward.

  • Board membership expanded to nine: including two female directors and six independents

  • Compensation Committee mandate expanded to encompass board governance, renamed Compensation Governance and Nomination Committee

  • CHBA National Award - Net Zero Home Award: 2019 Minto Dream Home in support of Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario

    • Ottawa
  • FRPO MAC Awards Environmental Excellence

    • Ottawa
  • LifeSpeak digital platform provides expert advice on wellness

  • Paid time-off during global pandemic supports those unable to work from home

  • Flexible work arrangements introduced to enhance job satisfaction, productivity, and creativity

  • Minto expands into Vancouver, British Columbia

2021

2021 moved us to take bold actions forward by beginning the process for developing a formalized Environmental Social and Governance strategy
  • Minto Group completes Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) materiality assessment with plans to launch formalized ESG strategy in 2022

    • Ottawa
  • 3 of Minto's Ottawa office towers receive the BOMAs BEST® Platinum certification for energy management

  • One of the first geoexchange energy systems in the GTA was incorporated at North Oak - reducing carbon emissions by up to 70%

  • Communities Ottawa launches the 2021 Minto Dream Home (the Caraway) for a virtual tour amidst public health restrictions

  • Launched Lifeworks - a complimentary service offering employees virtual access to care, counselling, self-help and fitness programs.

  • The Annex in Calgary received LEED Gold certification for sustainability features

  • Communities GTA received the Green Builder of the Year at the BILD Awards and the EnerQuality EQ Awards

  • Communities Ottawa received the Builder of the Year at the Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association’s annual Housing Design Awards

  • Minto Apartment REIT issues it's first Environmental, Social and Governance Report