Introducing ONPHA’s Urban & Rural Indigenous Housing Plan for Ontario

In the fall of 2018, ONPHA’s membership unanimously adopted a resolution put forth by its Urban Aboriginal Housing Advisory Committee resolving that ONPHA work with partners to call on federal and provincial governments to implement urban and rural Indigenous housing strategies.

To support this resolution, ONPHA engaged consultants Daniel J. Brant and Associates and a Steering Committee composed of members of ONPHA’s Urban Aboriginal Housing Advisory Committee to create an Urban and Rural Indigenous Housing Plan for Ontario.

Built with support from the Canadian Housing Renewal Association (CHRA), Ontario Indigenous housing providers, Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services (OAHS), and the Catherine Donnelly Foundation, the plan highlights socioeconomic, legal and historical arguments to support six specific calls to action with clearly identified costs, savings and benefits. ONPHA looks forward to engaging and working with Indigenous, federal, provincial and municipal partners in the resourcing and implementation of this plan.

What does the plan say?

It shows the province needs to build at least 22,000 subsidized Indigenous-owned and operated units over the next 10 years to address core housing need. Investing in Indigenous housing can save Ontario $14.3 billion in provincial system efficiencies, including $3.9 billion in personal incomes from improved employment and education outcomes for Indigenous people.

On an annual basis, the provincial system savings include $1 billion in social services, health, and shelter system costs, $24 million in the foster care system and $10.5 million in the justice system, with total savings of $10.4 billion over the course of the plan.

Building 22,000 units over 10 years can add 95,000 year-jobs into the market in the construction sector and other industries, while adding $3.8 billion to the province’s economy through construction multipliers.

In the News

On May 21, 2020, ONPHA launched the Urban and Rural Indigenous Housing Plan for Ontario. The Plan builds on the momentum from the earlier 2018 Affordable Housing Plan.

Download the Executive Summary


Download the Plan Here


Download the Briefing Note Here


Questions about Indigenous Housing?

Review the Canadian Rental Housing Index here

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Ontario’s Affordable Housing Plan

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