Creating and maintaining affordable housing is a key City of Toronto priority. The Affordable Housing Office expedites affordable housing development, facilitates policy development and partners with the federal and provincial governments and the private and non-profit sectors on a range of initiatives.
A Request For Proposals (RFP) to develop a minimum of 80 affordable rental homes on Block 36 North in the dynamic downtown community known as City Place (Railway Lands) near Bathurst Street and Fort York Boulevard has been issued.
The RFP, issued in conjunction with Toronto Community Housing, is part of the City's new Open Door Program, which aims to fast-track the creation of affordable housing.
City Council has adopted the Open Door Program direction to improve the City's capacity to work with non-profit and private-housing sectors to create affordable housing at a faster pace. It also requested staff to report on the implementation of a range of Open Door Program initiatives by May, 2016.
As well, Council also directed the Affordable Housing Office to proceed with an RFP to develop a surplus City site in the Railway Lands area of downtown Toronto. This RFP will be issued early in 2016 using the Open Door approach. See: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2015.EX10.19.
The Open Door program to fast track affordable housing brings together critical elements needed to kick-start affordable rental and ownership housing construction: surplus public land designated for new affordable rental and ownership housing; fast-tracked planning approvals through a Gold Star review process; additional City financial incentives and federal/provincial funding.
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The City's Affordable Housing Committee has received an update on the Close the Housing Gap campaign and a look ahead to Housing Action 2016. Toronto's Housing Advocate, Councillor Ana Bailão, said there is much to be done as the City builds on the success of the campaign, including:
- Working with the new federal government to implement its housing platform
- Working with the provincial government as it prepares to release its Long Term Housing Strategy update
- Ramping up the City’s new Open Door program, which will accelerate the creation of affordable housing
- Reviewing Housing Opportunities Toronto 2010-2020, the City's Affordable Housing Action Plan
- Implementing the City's new Poverty Reduction Strategy
The living conditions of some 480 lower-income residents will be improved following City of Toronto approval of funding for repairs and upgrades to 26 rooming houses. Some $5 million from the federal/provincial Investment in Affordable Housing program has been approved for 26 rooming house owners. Work is expected to begin towards the end of 2015.
Preserving, repairing and developing licensed/legal rooming houses are priorities under the City's 10-year housing plan, Housing Opportunities Toronto.
Toronto City Council adopted Housing Opportunities Toronto, An Affordable Housing Action Plan 2010-2020 (HOT) in 2009. This Progress Report reviews housing initiatives and activities undertaken by the City to help achieve HOT's goals.
Details of affordable rental and ownership homes under construction or recently completed.
City Council has allocated $197.1 million over the next five years under the federal/provincial Investment in Affordable Housing Extension program.
The Toronto Renovates Homeowners Program has resumed accepting Assessment Request forms.
Once a request form has been approved, a Toronto Renovates program officer will contact you to arrange an appointment. You can download the form or contact the Affordable Housing Office at 416-397-4169 to have one mailed to you.
Note: Due to pent-up demand and limited funding this application process may be suspended again in the future.
The Toronto Renovates Homeowners Program offers federal/provincial funding for lower-income seniors and people with a disability who wish to make health and safety repairs or accessibility modifications to their homes.
A brochure listing other sources of potential funding for home repairs is available here.
Non-profit housing developers can qualify for exemptions from the City of Toronto's planning application and development fees. In this way, the City helps make new affordable rental housing even more affordable.
The City of Toronto works with a number of groups that provide affordable home ownership opportunities. Please contact our community partners directly to learn what assistance they can offer:
Canary District Condominiums - MyHome Program at 416-603-7576 or canarydistrictmyhome.com
Toronto Community Housing and the Daniels Corporation at 416-955-0559 or danielsoneparkplace.com
Options for Homes at 416-867-1501 or optionsforhomes.ca
Habitat for Humanity Toronto at 416-755-7353 ext. 490 or torontohabitat.ca/apply-for-a-home/information-session-dates.html
Aboriginal purchasers should also contact the Miziwe Biik Development Corporation at 416-640-4688, 416-640-4688 or mbdc.ca/housing_loans.html