City Guideline 2017-3: Factors to be used in 2018 Fiscal Year to Calculate Subsidies – Market & RGI
|Date Issued||Effective Date|
|August 15, 2017||Immediately|
Applicability to Social Housing Programs
The City Guideline is applicable to the programs for which there is an “X” in the table below.
|Housing Services Act, Part VII Housing Projects, Market and Rent-Geared-to-Income, Section 78 Housing Providers (formerly 110)|
|Housing Services Act, Part VII Housing Projects, 100% Rent-Geared-to-Income, Section 78 Housing Providers (formerly 110)|
|Federal Non-Profit Housing, Section 26/27|
|Federal Non-Profit Housing, Section 95|
|Rent Supplement Programs for Sections 26, 27, 95 and New Affordable Housing Providers|
|Toronto Community Housing Corporation|
About City Guidelines
Under the authority of the Housing Services Act, the City of Toronto, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration (SSHA) Division City Guidelines and Rent-Geared-to-Income (RGI) Manual are the authority for housing administration and RGI administration for social housing providers in the City of Toronto.
City Guidelines are the City of Toronto’s mandatory policies and procedures that social housing providers must follow. City Guidelines are most often issued when a Local Rule is established by the City of Toronto, the Rent-Geared-to-Income (RGI) manual is updated, or other relevant legislative changes or operational requirements occur. City Guidelines which impact RGI have been incorporated into the RGI Manual.
Please see www.toronto.ca/socialhousing for more information.
The Ministry of Housing (MH) provides provides indices for costs and revenues used to calculate subsidies under the Housing Services Act, 2011 (HSA) on an annual basis. These are needed for the calculation of 2018 subsidies. This document provides a summary of these indices.
What you should know about Cost Factors
Cost factors are inflationary factors used to calculate:
- the indexed Benchmark operating costs within the operating subsidy calculation; and
- their capital replacement reserve fund allocations.
Housing providers must use the following cost factors when calculating their subsidies for fiscal years beginning in January 1, 2018.
Table 1 – 2018 Indices for Benchmark Costs for Mixed Non-Profit Projects
|Item||Index Description||2018 Index|
|Administration and maintenance||Ontario CPI – All items||1.38%|
|Insurance||Ontario CPI – Homeowner’s home and mortgage insurance sub-index||5.08%|
|Bad debt||Market Rent Index||1.38%|
|Electricity||Ontario CPI – Electricity sub-index||-16.12%|
|Water||Ontario CPI – Water sub-index||3.97%|
|Natural gas||Ontario CPI – Natural gas sub-index||11.63%|
|Oil and other fuel||Ontario CPI – Oil and other fuel sub-index||14.20%|
|Capital reserves||Ontario CPI – All items||1.38%|
Table 2 – 2018 Indices for Benchmark Revenues for Mixed Non-Profit Projects
|Item||Index Description||2018 Index|
|Vacancy loss||Market Rent Index||See MRI Table 3 below|
|Non-rental revenue||Factor of 1||Factor of 1|
Table 3 – 2018 Toronto Market Rent Indices (MRI)
|Toronto District||Rent District Codes||Apartment Average Rent||(Row)Townhouse Average Rent|
|2018 Market Rent Index||2018 Market Rent Index|
|Toronto Zone 1 – Former City of Toronto (Central)||M1A1||-1.1 %||0.0 %|
|Toronto Zone 2 – Former City of Toronto (East)||M1A2||1.8 %||0.0 %|
|Toronto Zone 3 – Former City of Toronto (North)||M1A3||1.8 %||0.0 %|
|Toronto Zone 4 – Former City of Toronto (West)||M1A4||1.8 %||1.8 %|
|Toronto Zone 5 – Etobicoke (South)||M1C1||1.8 %||0.0 %|
|Toronto Zone 6 – Etobicoke (Central)||M1C2||1.8 %||1.8 %|
|Toronto Zone 7 – Etobicoke (North)||M1C3||0.7 %||0.9 %|
|Toronto Zone 8 – York||M1F||1.8 %||0.0 %|
|Toronto Zone 9 – East York||M1B||1.8 %||1.8%|
|Toronto Zone 10 – Scarborough (Central)||M1E1||1.8 %||1.8 %|
|Toronto Zone 11 – Scarborough (North)||M1E2||1.8 %||0.0 %|
|Toronto Zone 12 – Scarborough (East)||M1E3||0.7 %||0.0 %|
|Toronto Zone 13 – North York (Southeast)||M1D1||1.8 %||-1.0 %|
|Toronto Zone 14 – North York (Northeast)||M1D2||1.8 %||-1.4 %|
|Toronto Zone 15 – North York (Southwest)||M1D3||1.8 %||0.0 %|
|Toronto Zone 16 – North York (North Central)||M1D5||1.8 %||0.0 %|
|Toronto Zone 17 – North York (Northwest)||M1D4||1.8 %||1.8 %|
Social housing provider RGI administrators (SHPs) must take the following actions:
- All Market and Rent-Geared-to-Income, Section 78 Housing Providers must use the indices indicated in Tables 1, 2 and 3 to calculate the indicated cost items and revenues for fiscal years beginning in 2018.
If you have any questions, please contact your Housing Consultant or HSS:
Housing Stability Services
Shelter, Support & Housing Administration
City of Toronto
Metro Hall, 55 John Street, 6th floor
Toronto, ON M5V 3C6