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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Open Door Call for Affordable Rental Housing Applications is now open!

The City has issued the 2017 Open Door Call for Affordable Rental Housing Applications.

Private and non-profit organizations are encouraged to participate in the program by submitting a complete Open Door Application package no later than 12 noon on May 31st, 2017. City Council approval of successful applications will occur in early October 2017.

Note: The last day to submit questions for this Open Door applications call is Friday, May 12, 2017.

NEW: Answers to Questions Submitted Online April 28 - May 10

Addendum Four: Answers to Questions Submitted Online April 28 - May 10 (PDF)

Addendum Three: Answers to Questions Submitted Online April 6 – April 28 (PDF)

Addendum Two: Additional Questions and Answers (PDF)

Addendum One: Questions and Answers to date (PDF)

Powerpoint (PDF)

Sites List (PDF)

Sign up for the Open Door Registry

By signing up for the Open Door Registry, you will be the first to:

  • be notified when affordable rental and ownership housing RFPs/ Calls for Applications are available
  • Learn about affordable housing development opportunities on public land across Toronto.
  • Learn about other Open Door projects which are creating affordable housing

How to sign-up

Build Toronto Residential Sites for Sale

Surplus public lands are an important component in the development of affordable housing. The City is pleased to announce that Build Toronto has made available for sale two vacant sites at 80 Dale Avenue and 253 Markham Road.

Together, they can accommodate more than 500 homes, with a significant proportion designated for affordable housing. Cushman and Wakefield Ltd. is the exclusive advisor for the sale of these properties and offers will be accepted on May 25, 2017.

NOTE: The sale of these properties is separate from the Open Door Request for Applications now underway. However, Open Door financial contributions will be available for the affordable homes to be built on these sites  

To learn more, please see the Marketing Flyer. If you would like to receive data room access for more details, please complete the Confidentiality Agreement and return it to Cushman and Wakefield, as per the instructions on the form.

Toronto’s Turbulent Housing Market

Toronto's rental  housing market is reaching a crisis point, with a low vacancy rate and higher rents. This presentation to a joint meeting of the Affordable Housing and Tenant Issues committees provides an overview and suggests next steps.

Toronto's proposals for a National Housing Strategy

Toronto has submitted its proposals to the federal government's National Housing Strategy consultation. Taking Action on Housing is based on Council decisions, cross-divisional input and public consultations and sets out six strategic recommendations and 25 recommended actions. It speaks to the housing crisis in Toronto and across the country that has engulfed so many – from seniors to young professionals to vulnerable persons.

Note: The federal government has released a Summary Report of what it heard during consultations.

HOT Progress Report

Toronto City Council adopted Housing Opportunities Toronto, An Affordable Housing Action Plan 2010-2020 (HOT) in 2009 and it came into effect in 2010. HOT addresses the City’s affordable housing priorities, including moving vulnerable people from streets and shelters into stable homes, assisting people to stay in their homes, improving private apartments and social housing, building 1,000 affordable rental homes annually, and making home ownership more affordable.

HOT Progress Report 2015 (PDF)


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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