171,360 Ontario households are waiting for a home they can afford

Since 2003, ONPHA has gathered data on the number of households waiting for rent-geared-to-income housing in Ontario. Through the annual Waiting Lists Survey Report series, ONPHA drew attention to the need for dedicated, long-term funding for new social and affordable rental housing.

More than 171,360 Ontario households are waiting for a home that they can afford. Waiting lists have grown by more than 45,000 households in 12 years, and applicants face an average wait of nearly four years. In many communities, the wait is much longer.

Due to recent developments in affordable housing policy and the emergence of new forms of housing assistance, ONPHA concluded the Waiting Lists Survey Report series in 2016.


ONPHA is wrapping up our Waiting Lists Survey Report series

Housing programs are being developed to respond to the varied needs of communities across Ontario. There are now more ways to help Ontarians afford the cost of housing and the Waiting Lists Survey will not allow us to accurately compare the growing number of diverse programs being delivered. As a result, the 2016 report is the final release of ONPHA’s annual Waiting Lists Survey Report.

A continued focus on affordable housing

Through the Waiting Lists Survey Report series, ONPHA drew attention to the need for dedicated, long-term funding for new social and affordable rental housing in Ontario. Recent commitments by the provincial and federal governments to end chronic homelessness and create a National Housing Strategy demonstrate that our hard work has achieved results. Going forward, ONPHA will continue to conduct research on housing trends and work to support the growth and sustainability of the new non-profit housing sector.

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