Ontario Needs a Homelessness & Housing Strategy


WHEREAS the Government of Ontario is hosting a provincial-municipal housing summit on December 16th to collaborate with municipalities on addressing the housing affordability crisis;

WHEREAS in 2018 the Ontario government reduced the housing budget by $161 million/year;

WHEREAS rapidly rising housing costs are making housing unaffordable for many with half of Ontario renters pay more than 30% of their income on rent, and where a fifth of renters pay more than 50%;

WHEREAS in March 2021, the Government voted down a motion to build 30,000 supportive homes and 69,000 affordable homes, as recommended by the Canadian Mental Health Association and the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association;

WHEREAS the Auditor General recently reported that “Ontario does not have an overarching strategy to prevent and reduce homelessness”;

WHEREAS the average monthly cost of a shelter bed in the covid-19 pandemic is $6,000, while the average cost of a supportive housing unit is $2,000 per month;

THEREFORE, we the undersigned petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to take action on the homelessness crisis by:

  • Meeting City of Toronto requests for:
    • $48 million annually to provide support services for 2,000 supportive homes
      $1.14 billion annually in provincial and federal funding over the next nine years to meet the target of creating 18,000 supportive homes by 2030;
  • Protecting those at-risk of homelessness by reinstating rent control on all units, and ending the practice of “renovictions”
  • And helping those currently experiencing homelessness by expanding the housing-first model, allowing co-op housing to thrive, resuming the homelessness census, and restoring the goal of ending homelessness in Ontario by 2025.

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Call on the Ontario Government to meet the City of Toronto’s request for funding to achieve their housing goals, and for the government to address the homelessness and housing affordability crises by instituting rent control, adopting the housing-first model, and restoring the goal of ending homelessness by 2025.


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