Nearly every day the failures of Ontario’s housing market are covered in newspapers, on the radio and on the nightly newscast. While much has been said about the desperate state of low-income renters and spiraling homeownership costs, few solutions have been offered.
We know that the community housing sector has a critical role to play in solving the affordable housing challenges we see today. As the voice of non-profit housing providers in Ontario, ONPHA is committed to advocating for a strong, unified community housing sector, with buy-in from all levels of government. So in 2018, we teamed up with the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada (CHF Canada) to show how the community housing sector and government can work together to address our housing challenges over the next decade.
We ran the numbers, and in the spring of 2018 we launched a fully-costed plan that lays out four key recommendations.
Four Key Recommendations
- Build 69,000 affordable rental homes over the next 10 years
- Deliver income support to 311,000 Ontarian households
- Extend the life of 260,000 community-owned rental homes
- Create 30,000 new supportive housing units for individuals with mental health and addiction issues, and end chronic homelessness
The Plan is ambitious, but it has never been more possible. We have a newly engaged federal partner, provincial and municipal governments that are starting to make significant investments towards housing affordability, and a strong community housing sector. Together, we can make it happen.
In the News
On May 17, 2018, ONPHA and CHF Canada launched An Affordable Housing Plan for Ontario
at a press conference held at Windmill Line Co-op in Toronto. The Plan built on the momentum from the earlier launch of the 2018 Canadian Rental Housing Index
– a first-of-its-kind online database that compiles rental housing statistics for cities, region, and provinces across Canada.
The Plan has reached well over 30,000 accounts through social media and has garnered media attention. View some of the news articles below.
Globe News Wire:
Housing Providers Unveil Bold Plan to Fix Ontario Rental Housing Affordability Crisis
Report Outlines ‘Ambitious’ Housing Strategy for Ontario
Affordable Housing Advocates Call for Construction of 69,000 New Units Across Ontario