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.
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 back on the implementation of a range of Open Door Program initiatives.
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.
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 416-392-7620 to have one mailed to you.
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. The program is available only to City of Toronto residents.
Note: Due to pent-up demand and limited funding this application process may be suspended again in the future.
A brochure listing other sources of potential funding for home repairs is available here.
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:
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
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.