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Open Door Affordable Housing Program

Toronto City Council approved the Open Door Affordable Housing Program in 2016 to accelerate affordable housing construction by providing City financial contributions including capital funding and fees and property tax relief, fast-tracking planning approvals, and activating surplus public land.

The first Open Door call for applications closed May 31, 2017. Staff recommendations concerning the successful proponents will be considered by the Affordable Housing Committee on September, 20th, by Executive Committee on September 26th and by City Council at its October 2-4 meeting.

NOTE: Watch this site for details of the next Open Door call for applications in early 2018.

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

Request for Proposals- Affordable Rental Housing at 15 Selby Street

The City's Affordable Housing Office (AHO) is releasing a Request for Proposals (RFP updated) to operate 15 Selby Street, a 5 unit apartment building as long-term affordable rental housing.

The property will be leased at a nominal rent for a period for 50 years. The City will provide the Successful Proponent with $200,000 for the Property's reserve fund to assist in operating and maintaining the property.

This RFP invites experienced and capable Non-Profit housing organizations to submit Proposals to Lease the property from the City for a term of 50 years, and to operate and maintain it as professionally managed, high-quality affordable rental housing.

The deadline to submit a Proposal is November 10, 2017 at 12 p.m. (noon).

The RFP information session was held on:
Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 1 p.m.
City Hall, Meeting Room B
100 Queen St. W.
Toronto, Ontario M5H 2N2

Addendum 1 (PDF updated)

Addendum 2 (PDF)

Addendum 3 (PDF)

Addendum 4 (PDF)

Laneway Suites Report

A report on laneway suites, from City Councillors Ana Bailão (Ward 18, Davenport) and Mary-Margaret McMahon (Ward 32, Beaches-East York), was adopted by City Council at its July 5-7 meeting. The Chief Planner will conduct a review of the report in consultation with other City Divisions, councillors and the public and report back to Council in the first quarter of 2018.

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 2016 (PDF)

HOT Progress Report 2015 (PDF)

HOT Progress Report 2014 (PDF)

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