Legislation Would Support Better Access to Affordable Housing Across the Province

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Today, Ontario reintroduced the Promoting Affordable Housing Act, 2016 that would, if passed, help ensure better access to affordable and adequate housing for the people of Ontario.

The proposed changes would help modernize existing social housing and increase the supply of affordable housing across the province by:

Allowing municipalities to implement inclusionary zoning so they can ensure that affordable units are included in residential projects.

Exempting secondary suites in new homes from development charges to unlock more affordable rental housing and allow homeowners to earn extra income from their property.
Giving local Service Managers more flexibility to administer and deliver social housing in their communities to reduce wait lists and make it easier for Ontarians to access a range of housing options.

Encouraging more inclusive communities and strengthening tenant rights by preventing unnecessary evictions from social housing and modernizing how rental property standards are enforced.

Supporting better program design and decision-making by requiring Service Managers to track people who are homeless in their communities.

This Act builds on Ontario’s update to the Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy, which was announced in March 2016. The update is making housing programs more people-centred and co-ordinated, and provides municipalities with the flexibility to meet local needs through tools like inclusionary zoning.
The re-introduction of the Promoting Affordable Housing Act is part of Ontario’s commitment to reintroduce all government bills that were before the legislature in spring 2016, so that debate on important issues may continue.

Improving access to affordable housing is part of the government’s economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes investing in talent and skills, including helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is also making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario’s history and investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.