About us

Who we are

Founded in 1988, ONPHA is an independent association funded and directed by its members.

We believe that secure, decent and affordable housing is a human right and fundamental social determinant of health. It has the power to change lives and is the foundation of vibrant and successful communities.

What we do

As advocates, we raise awareness of the critical role that affordable rental housing plays in Ontario. As capacity builders, we educate our members and offer them the training and resources they need to develop their skills and offer their tenants high-quality homes. As an association, we bring our members together and recognize and celebrate their diversity and the incredible work they do every day.

Our members

ONPHA is home to more than 700 non-profit housing providers. From Windsor to Cornwall, Toronto to Thunder Bay, our members house more than 400,000 people in 170,000 homes in 220 Ontario communities.

They are a critical part of the fabric of every community and provide decent, affordable homes to low- and moderate-income households. Many of our members provide specialized housing and support services for Ontarians who need help to enjoy a successful tenancy.

Our mission and values

ONPHA leads, unites and supports a strong community-based affordable housing sector that helps to build vibrant, healthy and diverse communities for all Ontarians. We strengthen our members’ capacity and impact by promoting housing excellence, influencing housing policy, and providing innovative solutions and opportunities.

We believe:

  • Safe, suitable, adequate and affordable housing is a basic human right and essential to the vitality and well- being of individuals, families, and communities across Ontario.
  • All Ontarians deserve a secure home at an affordable cost and with supports, as needed, in a community of their choice.
  • Non-profit housing organizations are a key element of healthy, safe, inclusive and economically sustainable communities.
  • Communities vary and therefore require flexibility to address local housing needs. Government has a critical role to play in supporting and funding affordable housing.