In 1993, Canada stopped funding its social housing program, followed by the Province of Ontario in 1995. At that time there was more reliance on the private market to meet demands for new affordable housing, contributing to dramatic shortages of vacant rental housing and an increase in homelessness that continue today.
Since 2002, both the federal and provincial governments have funded programs to develop new housing, mostly through the Canada/Ontario Affordable Housing Program. This funding is administered by municipalities, and does not fully address the housing shortage.
For a complete history of social housing, view our development timeline below. Also check out ONPHA's development resources.