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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Federal Rental Innovation Fund accepting applications

The federal government's $200-million Affordable Rental Innovation Fund encourages new funding models and innovative building techniques to create rental housing. The fund is now accepting applications for unique ideas that will revolutionize the affordable rental sector.

Have your say on Laneway Suites

Lanescape, Evergreen, Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon and Councillor Ana Bailão are working together to gather public input on laneway suites. The suites are small, detached dwelling units, typically located at the rear of a residential property adjacent to a laneway.

Date & Time: Monday, December 5, 2016 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Location: Evergreen Brick Works, BMO Atrium, 550 Bayview Avenue

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News Release (PDF)

National Housing Day Commemorated

The City of Toronto and the GTA Housing Action Lab marked National Housing Day on November 22 by recognizing the individuals and organizations that play such a vital role creating safe, secure and affordable housing, as well as those who advocated for a national housing strategy.

News Release (PDF)

National Housing Day proclamation (PDF)

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 release a Summary Report of what it heard during consultations.

Toronto seeks flexible Inclusionary Zoning approach

Councillor Ana Bailão, Toronto's Housing Advocate, has appeared before the legislative committee studying Bill-7, which, among other changes, would allow municipalities to use inclusionary zoning to create affordable housing.

In Toronto's submission to the Province, the City says inclusionary zoning regulations should ensure municipalities are able to develop an approach that reflects and responds to local needs and housing markets.

Councillor Bailão's Remarks to the Social Policy Committee (PDF)

City of Toronto Submission (PDF)

Covering Letter (PDF)

Housing Summit report now available

Mayor John Tory and Toronto's Housing Advocate, Councillor Ana Bailão (Ward 18 Davenport), hosted a very successful Toronto Housing Summit on Sept. 30th with more than 200 participants helping generate concrete housing solutions to shape the federal government's National Housing Strategy. The summit report can be found below.

Participants included Jean-Yves Duclos, Canada's Minister of Families, Children and Social Development; Chris Ballard, Ontario's Minister of Housing and Minister Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy; as well as developers, tenants, co-ops and non-profit agencies.

Summit Report (PDF)

News Release (PDF)

Housing Fact Sheet (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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