ONPHA and CHF Canada release a bold plan to support nearly 650,000 Ontario households through strategic investments across a range of housing needs. 

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
  1. Build 69,000 affordable rental homes over the next 10 years
  2. Deliver income support to 311,000 Ontarian households
  3. Extend the life of 260,000 community-owned rental homes
  4. 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

Toronto Star: 
Report Outlines ‘Ambitious’ Housing Strategy for Ontario 

CP24: 
Affordable Housing Advocates Call for Construction of 69,000 New Units Across Ontario 

An Affordable Housing Plan for Ontario

ONPHA teamed up with CHF Canada (Ontario Region) to deliver a fully-costed plan to address our province’s housing challenges.

Read the plan now.

2018 Canadian Rental Housing Index



Find rental housing statistics for cities, regions and provinces across Canada

Questions about the Plan?

Get in touch with us at policy@onpha.org.

Media Contact:
sarah.fisch@onpha.org
416-927-9144x122
 

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Sample Text – The Benefits for Ontario

@ONPHA and @CHFCanada ran the numbers and costed out a 10-year #affordablehousing plan that will benefit 643,000 Ontario households. Read it here: http://ow.ly/ucH330mMNO7

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Sample Text – Supporting Seniors

Canada’s seniors are aging. We need expansion of assisted living & supportive housing facilities to help our seniors age in place. Read @ONPHA and @CHFCanada’s Plan to 
see how we can make it happen: http://ow.ly/ucH330mMNO7

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Sample Text – Reducing Homelessness

On a given night, at least 9,600 Ontarians are homeless – and not just in the big cities. Municipalities such as Belleville, Kingston and Brantford have some of the highest core housing needs in Canada. @ONPHA and @CHFCanada have a plan to help: http://ow.ly/ucH330mMNO7

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Sample Text – Poverty Reduction

Did you know: A dollar invest in #communityhousing is a dollar invested in reducing poverty for the long-term. We need all levels of government to invest to see change. See how we can make it happen: http://ow.ly/ucH330mMNO7 @ONPHA @CHFCanada

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Sample Text – Mental Health & Addictions Support

Did you know: For every dollar spent on mental health and addictions support, $10 is saved in healthcare and justice system costs. Housing + Supports has the power to change lives. Learn more: http://ow.ly/ucH330mMNO7 @ONPHA @CHFCanada

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Sample Text – Supporting Newcomers

Newcomers need a safe, affordable home to launch their lives in Canada, but they often face barriers. @ONPHA and @CHFCanada costed a plan to help newcomers and all Ontarians secure a safe place to call home. Read the Plan here: http://ow.ly/ucH330mMNO7

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Sample Text – Advancing Provincial Priorities

#AffordableHousing has the power to advance key provincial priorities such as transit, poverty-reduction and attracting new talent and investment. @ONPHA and @CHFCanada show how investing in #communityhousing will help Ontario thrive: http://ow.ly/ucH330mMNO7

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