Affordable Housing

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.

Featured News

New RFP: Affordable Rental Housing at 200 Madison Avenue

Toronto has issued a Request for Proposals for new affordable housing on a surplus City-owned site as part of its ongoing work to provide more housing opportunities for residents.

The RFP invites proposals from experienced and capable non-profit and private sector organizations to develop and operate quality long-term affordable rental housing at 200 Madison Avenue. It closes July 31, 2015 at 12 noon.

An information session will be held Thursday, June 11 between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. in Committee Room 2 on the 2nd floor of City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.

Note: Please review all appendices as part of the application process.


Appendix 1 - Evaluation and Approval Timetable

Appendix 2 - Definitions

Appendix 3 - Resources Available

Appendix 4 - Process Terms and Conditions

Appendix 5 - Standard Submission Forms

Appendix 6 - Offer to Purchase (Contribution Agreement Attached as Schedule B)

Appendix 7 - Links to Background Documents

Appendix 8 - Site Details

Appendix 9 - Average Market Rents and Maximum Incomes 2015

Appendix 10 - Capital Budget Form and Notes

Appendix 11 - Operating Budget Form and Notes

Appendix 12 - Proposed Rents and Average Market Rents Calculation

Appendix 13 - Submission Checklist

Environmental Assessments Phase One and Two

RFP offers up to $5 million for rooming house repairs

The City of Toronto recognizes that legal, regulated rooming houses and similar accommodations play an important role in providing housing opportunities for residents.

To support the preservation of these properties, the City has issued a Request For Proposals for up to $5 million in federal/provincial funding for essential health and safety repairs, renovations, and accessibility modifications to legal, regulated rooming houses and similar accommodations. It closes at 12 noon, June 22, 2015.

Note: This RFP now contains revised information concerning the eligibility of proponents who previously received federal and/or provincial repair funding (e.g., RRAP; IAH Ontario Renovates, CHPI funding) or who may be receiving subsidies or financial assistance from the federal and/or provincial governments. See Pg. 8 of the Guide and Information Package and Q. 53 in Questions and Answers.

Information Session Presentation

New Video: Councillor Ana Bail√£o on Campaign 2015

Close the Housing Gap 2015 is off to a rousing start following a campaign rally that overflowed City Hall Council Chambers. Councillor Ana Bailão describes this exciting event and other 2015 activities and how you can get involved.

Close the Housing Gap Rally

Some 400 people packed the Council Chambers and a committee room at City Hall April 28 for the Close the Housing Gap Rally. An appreciative and motivated crowd heard from rousing speakers, such as Councillors Ana Bailao and Pam McConnell, Toronto Community Housing resident Susan Gapka, Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association President Sharad Kerur and Tom Clement, Executive Director, Co-operatve Housing Federation of Toronto.


Close the Housing Gap Summit

More than 50 people came together to discuss next steps for the campaign and what needed to be done to help build and maintain affordable, social and co-op housing.

About the Campaign

The City of Toronto and Toronto Community Housing are working hard to put people first by fixing social housing. And the work is paying off.

City Council has approved an unprecedented investment of $864 million over 10 years. That's equal to one-third of the $2.6 billion in additional capital repairs Toronto Community Housing faces in the next decade.

But there is still a funding gap. The City and Toronto Community Housing cannot fill the gap on their own. More provincial and federal government funding is required - because raising property taxes is not the answer.

That's why we've launched the Close the Housing Gap campaign

Investing in TCH revitalization and repairs creates jobs, spurs economic growth

IRepairing Toronto Community Housing buildings and revitalizing TCHC communities will create 220,000 employment years of new jobs, spur some $5 billion in private investment and generate $4.5 billion in federal and provincial taxes, says a new study prepared by the Canadian Centre for Economic Analysis.


Affordable Housing Opportunities

Financial Assistance

Toronto Renovates Homeowners Program

Note: The Toronto Renovates Homeowners Program has more than 700 Assessment Requests that have been processed or are waiting to be processed. This represents more than two years' worth of clients, based on current staffing and anticipated funding –and the program is oversubscribed.

In order to avoid a longer waiting time, the Affordable Housing Office has temporarily suspended accepting Toronto Renovates Assessment Requests as of 5 p.m. on September 30, 2014.

A brochure listing other sources of potential funding for home repairs is available here.

It is anticipated that the program will again begin accepting Assessment Requests before the end of 2015, once current clients have been served.

The Toronto Renovates 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.


Home Ownership Assistance

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

How We Can Help

Who Does What: Poverty, Housing and Homelessness

The City of Toronto offers assistance for residents coping with poverty, inadequate or unaffordable housing and homelessness.

City Divisions (PDF).

Aid for low-income homeowners

Low-income homeowners seeking assistance for health and safety repairs can access a  variety of government, non-profit and private sector programs.

Assistance for Lower-Income Homeowners (PDF)

Affordable Housing Office and Committee

Affordable Housing Committee

This committee oversees Affordable Housing Office activities, which include directing federal/ provincial  investments in affordable housing in partnership with private and non-profit developers.