Affordable Housing

Creating and maintaining affordable housing is a key City of Toronto priority. The Affordable Housing Office expedites affordable housing development, facilitates health and safety repairs and accessibility improvements to homes, conducts policy development and partners with the federal and provincial governments and the private and non-profit sectors on a range of initiatives.

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Toronto Housing Summit

Due to an overwhelming response, the September 30th Housing Summit is now full. There is still time to participate in the National Housing Strategy Consultation. Details at: www.letstalkhousing.ca

Toronto is facing a significant shortage of affordable housing and an increasing number of residents on the social housing waitlist. In response, the federal and provincial governments and the City of Toronto have committed to create more affordable housing at a faster pace.

To make the best use of resources and find innovative ways to scale up affordable housing and homelessness efforts, a Toronto Housing Summit will take place September 30th at Regent Park. Federal, provincial, municipal officials and stakeholders will gather to exchange ideas and proposals for more affordable housing.

To encourage public input, the City has created a dedicated e-mail address housingsummit@toronto.ca. Please use it to contribute your vision, ideas and suggestions on what Toronto needs from a National Housing Strategy and what Toronto's Action Agenda for affordable housing should include.

Non-profit Home Ownership Assistance Funding RFP

The City's Affordable Housing Office (AHO) is releasing a Request for Proposals (RFP) to make available up to $3 million under the federal-provincial Investment in Affordable Housing Program – Homeownership Component (IAH). This funding was made available for the IAH through the federal-provincial Social Infrastructure Fund.

The IAH Homeownership Component provides down payment assistance loans for eligible home purchasers and these loans are secured by a no-interest, no-payment second mortgage on the home.

The RFP invites experienced and capable non-profit organizations to submit Proposals to deliver these down payment assistance loans to eligible purchasers and administer the related mortgages.

The deadline to submit a Proposal is October 20, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. (noon).

Non-profit Home Ownership Assistance Funding RFP

Toronto seeks flexible Inclusionary Zoning approach

Inclusionary zoning regulations should ensure that municipalities are able to develop an approach that reflects and responds to local needs and housing markets, the City of Toronto says in its submission to the Province. 

Submission (PDF)

Covering Letter (PDF)

New housing allowances and housing summit announced

Mayor John Tory, joined by Toronto's Housing Advocate Councillor Ana Bailão (Ward 18 Davenport), has announced new housing allowances for 550 Toronto families on the City’s affordable housing waiting list.

Councillor Bailão also announced that the City of Toronto is hosting a Toronto Housing Summit on September 30 with housing stakeholders, including developers, government representatives, tenants, co-ops and non-profits> They will provide input to the City's submission on a new National Housing Strategy and on an Action Agenda for housing.

Have your say on a new National Housing Strategy

The federal government has begun consultations on a new National Housing Strategy. The City of Toronto will be making a submission and you can do the same. Provide your ideas about how a national housing strategy could assist in providing more housing opportunities for Torontonians.You can complete a brief survey or make a written submission. The deadline is October 21, 2016.


ExpandRepair funds benefit rooming house residents

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.


ExpandCouncil allocates IAH Extension program funding

In partnership with the federal and provincial governments, City Council has agreed to support more affordable housing opportunities by allocating $197.1 million under the federal/provincial Investment in Affordable Housing program. Funds will be invested over five years in: housing allowances; new affordable rental construction; rental and ownership home repairs and affordable home ownership.

Housing allowances: Council allocated $97.36 million for housing allowances that will assist some 5,106 households. This program will be managed by the Shelter, Support and Housing Administration.

New affordable rental housing: Council allocated $58.04 million for new affordable rental construction to assist in the construction of 637 affordable homes.

Home Repairs: Council allocated $20.6 million for Toronto Renovates. Some 1,105 lower-income seniors and persons living with a disability who own their home will receive grants for repairs, adaptations or home modifications essential to safety and the ability to live independently. As well, 166 rooms or units in legal rooming houses will be repaired or renovated.

Home ownership: Council allocated $11.23 million to provide 321 down-payment assistance loans to eligible families and individuals. The loans will be allocated through a Request for Proposals.

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