The Housing Secretariat (formerly the Affordable Housing Office) works to enhance the health of Toronto’s residents, neighbourhoods, economy and environment by delivering funding and incentives, and by developing innovative housing solutions, to create and maintain safe, affordable, rental and ownership housing for lower-income residents. This will be accomplished by:
- Delivering federal and provincial affordable housing programs and city programs by working with the private and non-profit sectors to develop and maintain affordable rental and ownership housing, revitalize communities and create employment.
- Working with Shelter, Support & Housing Administration as Municipal Service Manager and with other City divisions to ensure the effective and efficient use of City, provincial and federal investments, in line with city priorities and other legislative and policy frameworks such as HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan.
- Supporting the City Manager and Deputy City Manager in providing strategic intergovernmental relations advice on housing and homelessness issues.
Creating and maintaining affordable housing is one of the City of Toronto’s key priorities. City Council initially established the Affordable Housing Office in 2005 which in 2019 transitioned into the Housing Secretariat. The Office reports to the Deputy City Manager, Community and Social Services, with a mandate to work effectively with housing stakeholders.