Creating a New Housing Plan
The City believes all Torontonians should have safe, secure, affordable and well-maintained homes where they can realize their full potential. Over the next year, we will be working with all housing stakeholders and the public to develop a comprehensive solutions-based plan to address housing and homelessness challenges over the next decade.
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Inspiring Ideas for Toronto: An International Public Panel Discussion on Housing
As part of developing the new HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan, the City is hosted an International Public Panel Discussion on Housing. Panelists from Vancouver, Chicago, and Cleveland presented inspiring ideas and lessons learned on eliminating homelessness, creating mixed-income communities and boosting the supply of affordable housing in cities across North America.
Public meetings were held for residents to provide input, ask questions, and share their ideas to help shape the City’s 10-year housing plan. All meetings were held from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
- April 10: Scarborough Council Chambers (150 Borough Dr). – Presentation
- April 18: Etobicoke Council Chambers (399 The West Mall) – Presentation
- April 30: Metro Hall (55 John St.), Rooms 308/309 – Presentation
- May 1: North York Council Chambers (5100 Yonge St). – Presentation
Toronto Community Housing Consultations
While Toronto Community Housing (TCHC) tenants were welcome to attend the public meetings, the City also offered four TCHC-specific consultations on the following dates:
- May 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m., 65 Greencrest Circuit (Cedarbrae Manor)
- May 14, 6:3 -8:30 p.m., 495 Wilson Ave. (Champlain Apartments)
- May 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m., 341 Bloor St. W.
- May 21, 1-3 p.m., 341 Bloor St. W.
An anonymous, online questionnaire asked questions about current housing concerns, future housing needs, and ideas and advice to improve housing in Toronto.
Engagement with Indigenous Communities
While members of the Indigenous community are invited to provide feedback at the public consultation sessions, the City hosted dedicated consultation session(s) for Indigenous communities and service providers. The consultation session(s) were designed with the Indigenous Community Advisory Board and were held at a location and time determined by the Indigenous community.
Housing Stakeholder Workshops
The City is hosted focused stakeholder consultations throughout the month of May. These sessions provided solutions for particular challenges along the housing continuum and feed into the development of the housing plan recommendations. The City worked to ensure these stakeholders included:
- organizations that serve individuals seeking housing and housing supports
- organizations serving marginalized and equity-seeking groups
- those representing various aspects of the housing sector
In response to a Council direction through Housing Opportunities Toronto Action Plan (2020- 2030) Directions Report an External Advisory Committee is established to advise staff in developing the City’s new 10-year housing plan. It comprises of external experts from a wide variety of organizations and sectors as well as people with lived experience of poverty, housing insecurity and homelessness.
HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan – Discussion Backgrounder
To guide the consultation process, a discussion backgrounder has been prepared which describes different components of the housing spectrum, provides highlights of the City’s performance as part of its first housing plan (2010-2020), and outlines some of the housing challenges Toronto faces today and in the future.
Existing Housing Plan
In 2009, the City approved Housing Opportunities Toronto (HOT): An Affordable Housing Action Plan 2010-2020 which provided a city-wide roadmap for action on housing and homelessness, and guided the work of the many divisions and agencies that have a role in delivering related policies, programs and services.
See our HOT annual update reports.
Housing Plan 2020-2030 – Council Direction
In July 2018, City Council approved a framework to develop the 2020-2030 Housing Plan throughout 2018 and 2019, including undertaking a comprehensive engagement with housing stakeholders and the public.
Toronto Housing System
The housing system chart outlines the City’s various roles as a service manager, regulator, funder and administrator in the housing system.
Toronto Housing Market Analysis
City Council adopted the results of the “Toronto Housing Market Analysis: Insight to Action” in February 2019. The Study provides a unique look at past trends, present and future housing demand and the need for the City to be ready to address the pressures of accelerated population growth over the next 20 years.
Inclusionary Zoning Policy
The City of Toronto is developing an inclusionary zoning policy that would require new residential developments to include affordable housing units, creating mixed-income housing. As our city grows, we want to make sure new housing is affordable for those who call Toronto home. Inclusionary zoning is one solution among a range of City initiatives to help address Toronto’s housing needs.
For more information, please visit the Inclusionary Zoning web page.
Housing Now is an initiative to activate 11 City-owned sites for the development of affordable housing within mixed-income, mixed-use, transit-oriented communities. Housing Now is one component within the City of Toronto’s emerging HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan to address the full spectrum of housing issues in Toronto.
For more information, please visit the Housing Now web page.
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