Today, the City of Toronto launched the new Housing Data Hub, a centralized and publicly accessible source for information and data related to housing in the city. The Housing Data Hub is an early and key deliverable under the new Housing Action Plan 2022-2026.
Later this morning, Executive Committee will consider a City staff report that details a robust work plan for new Housing Action Plan. Among other things, the plan highlights the importance of making more housing-related data accessible to the public.
The new Housing Data Hub aims to improve accountability and transparency by tracking the City’s progress on creating more housing in Toronto. The Hub will help publicly showcase the City’s clear and cohesive approach to enabling housing production to achieve or exceed the provincial housing target of 285,000 new Toronto homes in the next 10 years. It will also help track the City’s progress towards meeting its HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan target of approving 40,000 affordable rental homes by 2030.
The Housing Data Hub brings together key housing data related to the social and affordable housing portfolio under the City’s administration, including:
Data included in the Housing Data Hub will ensure that new policies, programs and financial investments are evidence-based to help optimize limited public resources while maximizing outcomes for Toronto residents, targeting areas and populations most in need.
Data in the Hub will be presented via online data dashboards as well as an annually published Data Book, which provides insights into the health of Toronto’s housing system by bringing together housing-related data, including looking at key housing indicators, from both City of Toronto sources and external sources, including Statistics Canada and the Canada Mortgage Housing Corporation.
The Hub will continue to grow over time to include new data points that align with the strategic goals of the City. The data will also be included in the City’s Open Data portal available on the new Housing Data Hub.
Addressing Toronto’s complex housing challenges requires a whole-of-government and whole-of-community approach. Increasing the housing supply in Toronto requires new policies, programs, and financial tools from all orders of government, as well as participation from the Indigenous, non-profit and private sectors.
Read the Housing Action Plan 2022-2026: Priorities and Work Plan – Report for Action staff report.
More information about the City’s 2020-2030 HousingTO Action Plan is available on the City’s website.
“As a City, we remain laser-focused on providing meaningful solutions to Toronto’s housing challenges. The Housing Data Hub helps us track our accomplishments and opportunities for growth and allows us to continue to develop data-informed, evidence-based policies and initiatives to create new, safe and healthy homes quickly.”
– Deputy Mayor Jennifer McKelvie (Scarborough-Rouge Park)
“Our Housing Data Hub allowed us to demonstrate how we are taking immediate action to deliver more housing for Toronto residents. We are committed to creating real solutions to Toronto’s housing crisis, and we continue to ensure that more people in need of housing are getting keys to their own permanent homes, not temporary solutions. This Housing Data Hub increases our accountability to the public and key stakeholders, informs the development of effective strategy and moves us quickly toward our goal of ensuring that more Toronto residents have a place to call home.”
– Councillor Brad Bradford (Beaches-East York), Chair of the Planning and Housing Committee
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