Mayor John Tory has proclaimed today as National Housing Day in Toronto. The proclamation supports the federal government’s designation of November 22 as a national day highlighting housing partnerships that contribute to Canadians’ social and economic health.
The City of Toronto is committed to creating access to a full range of housing. The City recognizes that having a place to live is fundamental to residents’ health and well-being, as well as playing an important part in the city’s broader economy and environment.
Over the past decade, the City has made significant strides in a number of areas, including:
• creating housing opportunities in all neighbourhoods
• helping homeless and vulnerable people find and keep homes
• assisting families and individuals to afford rents
• preserving and repairing rental housing
• revitalizing neighbourhoods
• creating new affordable rental homes, and
• helping people buy and stay in their homes.
The City continues to focus on long-term solutions such as building new affordable and supportive housing. The City’s new 10-year affordable housing plan, which will be released in December, is a comprehensive, solutions-based plan to address housing and homelessness challenges over the next decade.
“We understand that a shortage of affordable, stable housing in Toronto impacts everyone, especially our most vulnerable residents. Through many integrated programs, services and plans such as Housing Now, Open Door, the Toronto Poverty Reduction Strategy and our 10-year Housing Action Plan, we are working to create an inclusive city where all residents have access to safe, secure, affordable and well-maintained housing from which they can realize their full potential. I am committed to working with the Government of Canada, the provincial government, and housing providers in the public and private sectors to invest in housing and get more affordable housing built.”
– Mayor John Tory
“National Housing Day is a wonderful opportunity for the City of Toronto to be able to recognize the many individuals and organizations that play a vital role in providing safe, secure and affordable housing opportunities for our residents. The City relies on its partners in the provincial and federal governments for funding and continues to work proactively with these other orders of government as well as the private sector and non-profit housing organizations to deliver positive housing outcomes.”
– Deputy Mayor Ana Bailão, (Ward 9 Davenport), Chair of Planning and Housing Committee
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