Affordable Housing Office
The Affordable Housing Office (AHO) is responsible for the stewardship of Federal, Provincial and City investments and incentives to create and maintain safe, affordable housing for lower-income residents, and to develop innovative housing solutions through policy and partnerships, supporting Housing Opportunities Toronto, An Affordable Housing Action Plan 2010-2020.
To enhance the health of Toronto’s people, 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, provincial and City affordable housing programs by working with the private and non-profit sectors to
develop and maintain affordable rental and ownership housing, revitalize communities and create employment.
- Work with Shelter, Support & Housing Administration as Municipal Service Manager and 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.
- Support the City Manager and Deputy City Managers in providing strategic intergovernmental relations and program advise on housing issues.
View the Affordable Housing Office Program Map in greater detail.
The Affordable Housing Office (AHO) is responsible for the stewardship of federal, provincial and City investments and incentives that support the creation and maintenance of safe, affordable housing for lower-income residents. The Program also develops innovative housing solutions through policy and partnerships with private and community partners, as well as leads, assists and promotes the implementation of the City’s Housing Opportunities Toronto, An Affordable Housing Action Plan 2010- 2020.
2018 Budget Summary
The total cost to deliver these services to Toronto residents is $3.671 million gross and $1.170 million net.
Through revenue adjustments to match base budget increases, the AHO was able to achieve the 0.0% budget target while maintaining 2017 service levels for 2018.
- In 2016 Council approved 571 new affordable rental homes and 408 new affordable ownership homes. City and Build Toronto Capital contributions and incentives for these development projects total $48.569 million.
- The Affordable Housing Office will administer approximately $330 million in federal, provincial and city funding and incentives to create 3,100 new affordable rental and ownership homes as well as repairs and modifications to assist 900 lower-income households in 2017.
- Investments from the City and other orders of governments will leverage approximately $670 million in private and non-profit investments creating approximately 8,000 jobs.
- AHO has financial stewardship for affordable housing projects throughout the 3-5 year lifecycle of the development process. The chart below show annual approvals in 2016 and projections for 2017 to 2019.
- The number of new affordable homes approved will exceed the HOT targets set by Council in 2017 as a result of City contributions and incentives through the new Open Door Affordable Housing Program in combination with the federal/provincial funding investments.
Key Service Deliverables for 2018
The AHO’s 2018 service deliverables support the goals of Housing Opportunities Toronto: An Affordable Housing Action Plan (HOT) and Toronto Prosperity. They will enhance the health of Toronto’s people, the City’s Poverty Reduction Strategy. They will enhance the health of Toronto’s people, neighbourhoods, economy and environment by delivering government investments and developing innovative housing solutions.
The 2018 Operating Budget will enable the AHO to:
- Develop, promote, lead and leverage innovative affordable housing solutions through policies, programs and partnerships with the private and community sectors, focusing on the implementation of the Open Door program’s streamlined access to financial incentives, City land and expedited planning approvals.
- Provide financial stewardship of an estimated $295 million in federal, provincial and City investments which leverages approximately $627 million in investments from private and non-profit sectors, to support 2,870 new affordable rental and ownership homes projected to be underway for 2018, creating some 7,158 jobs through the development lifecycle.
- Provide financial stewardship of an estimated $6 million from the federal/provincial Investment in Affordable Housing (IAH) program, Social Infrastructure Fund (SIF) and Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) for essential health, safety, accessibility and energy efficiency repairs and modifications underway in 2018.
- This is projected to assist 550 lower-income homeowner and tenant households creating approximately 166 jobs during the development lifecycle.
- The Affordable Housing office is partnering with Shelter, Support and Housing Administration’s (SSHA) Information Technology staff to transform and modernize two existing databases to align with more rigorous federal, provincial and City program monitoring and reporting requirements.
Our Key Issues & Priority Actions
- Meeting Housing Opportunities Toronto (HOT) ten-year targets of 10,000 affordable rental and 2,800 ownership homes by 2020. The following opportunities and initiatives will allow the City to scale up its efforts to meet these targets over the remaining years of HOT:
- Continued implementation of the City’s Open Door Affordable Housing Program including the 2018 Call for Applications.
- New opportunities with the federal and provincial governments following the 2017 announcement of Canada’s first national Housing Strategy:
- Details to be confirmed pending federal-provincial deliberations.
- AHO’s continued partnership with Build Toronto, Toronto Community Housing Corporation, Waterfront Toronto and others to deliver new affordable housing in mixed income communities.
- AHOs 2018 Operating Budget funds the necessary resources required to support the goals of HOT and Toronto Prosperity.
2018 Operating Budget Highlights
- The 2018 Preliminary Operating Budget for Affordable Housing Office is $3.671 million gross and $1.170 million net and is in line with the 2017 Approved Operating Budget. The Program met the budget target through the following measures:
- Revenue changes ($0.175 million).
- Staff complement of 25 will remain unchanged in 2018.
- The 2018 Preliminary Operating Budget provides funding for:
- New Affordable Rental and Ownership development in line with HOT targets through the Open Door
- Housing Improvement programs that enable lower income residents, seniors, and persons with disabilities to remain safely in their homes and communities.
- Housing Policy and Partnerships with private and community based entities to lead, develop and leverage affordable housing solutions.