Affordable Housing

Close the Housing Gap campaign

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Note: This campaign has now ended following the October 19, 2015 federal election.

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.

By acting on recommendations in Putting People First – Transforming Toronto Community Housing, plans are now in place to generate more than $156 million in revenue to help pay for capital repairs. And there's more revenue to come.

Revenue which is being used to repair heating and cooling systems, roofs and elevators in Toronto Community Housing buildings. Repairs which will provide tenants have safe, healthy and reliable housing.

 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.

Federal contributions to social housing are declining across the country. In 2012, the City received approximately $161.3 million from Ottawa. However, by 2017, that will decline by $33.4 million and reach zero by 2031. Just to fill the $33.4-million gap alone would require raising property taxes by an estimated 1.4%.

Instead of stepping back, the federal and provincial governments need to step up and each invest $864 million over 10 years to match the City's contribution of one-third of Toronto Community Housing's long-term repair needs. As well, Ottawa and Queen's Park need to enter into a funding partnership to address the impact of expiring non-profit and co-op social housing agreements.

And the provincial government needs to restore the $113.9 million Toronto Pooling Compensation for social housing and harmonize provincial shelter rates for social housing.

We need a renewed federal/provincial partnership with adequate funding to repair and create social housing. Funding that is available for the long term — not just a few years at a time.

That's why we've launched the Close the Housing Gap campaign. To persuade the federal and provincial governments to continue funding social housing at existing levels and provide new, long-term funding for social housing capital repairs.

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