The Affordable Housing Office (AHO) provides stewardship of federal, provincial and City investments and incentives that support the creation and maintenance of safe, affordable housing for lower to moderate income residents. It also develops innovative housing solutions through policy and partnership initiatives with private and community partners and other orders of government; and leads the implementation of Toronto’s Affordable Housing Action Plan, Housing Opportunities Toronto (HOT) 2010 – 2020. The Affordable Housing Office delivers the following services:

  • New Affordable Housing Development
  • Housing Improvement Programs
  • Housing Policy and Partnerships

As of 2018 the AHO oversees delivery of $481 million in government investments leveraging approximately $1.646 billion in private/non-profit investments while creating approximately 11,783 jobs over the housing development and improvement project lifecycles.

Download the Budget Analyst Notes for Affordable Housing Office for detailed information on service levels, key initiatives, challenges and performance measures. You can also review budget highlights below.

The Affordable Housing Office supports City Council objectives of providing affordable housing for the City’s lower to moderate income residents and housing improvement programs for seniors and persons with disabilities. This is accomplished by:

  1. Delivering government affordable housing programs in partnership with the private and non-profit sectors to create and maintain affordable rental and ownership housing, revitalize communities and generate employment.
  2. Working with other City divisions to ensure the effective and efficient use of government investments in line with City priorities and other legislative and policy frameworks such as Housing Opportunities Toronto: An Affordable Housing Action Plan 2010 – 2020.
  3. Supporting the City Manager and Deputy City Managers in providing strategic intergovernmental relations and program advice on housing issues.

Download the Affordable Housing Office Program Map to better understand the services and activities AHO delivers.

Operating Budget

The total cost to deliver these services to Toronto residents is $4.077 million gross and $1.170 million net.

Highlights

  • 0% Budget increase over the 2018 Approved Net Operating Budget while maintaining existing service levels and additional service demands.
  • $0.405M Additional funding to support inflationary salary and benefit increases, planning and consulting costs of the Toronto Housing Plan 2020 – 2030, and higher legal costs for processing legal agreements and real estate transactions.
  • 2020/2021 Increases primarily for known inflationary adjustments for salaries, benefits and higher legal costs.

Key Challenges

  • Prioritization of government investments and City incentives are required to scale up the creation of more affordable housing options in Toronto.
  • Recent change in Ontario’s political leadership has created uncertainties around future provincial housing priorities and support for social and affordable housing.

Priority Actions

  • Engage the federal government in the delivery of the National Housing Strategy (NHS) and the provincial government in development of the 3-year action plan required to implement the NHS Canada-Ontario Bi-Lateral Housing Agreement.
  • Funding of $80K is included in the 2019 Budget to develop strategies and programs that effectively leverage federal-provincial funding, City incentives as well as partnerships with private and non-profit organizations to achieve the City’s affordable housing targets through Toronto’s 2020 -2030 Housing Plan.

Find more information on specific City issues, opportunities and challenges in the briefing notes and reports prepared by City staff. Documents will be posted as they become available.

Presentations made to committee and City Council provide an overview of the 2019 City budget. Documents will be posted as they become available.