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Investment in Affordable Housing Program: Year Five Report (2015-16)

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The Investment in Affordable Housing (IAH) agreement with the federal government provided over $480 million in federal and provincial funding for new affordable housing, including Off-Reserve Aboriginal Housing, between 2011 and 2014.  On August 11, 2014, we joined the federal government to announce the extension of the IAH program for an additional five years.  Under the extension, over $800 million in new funding has been made available.

Earlier this year, the Social Infrastructure Fund was announced doubling the funding to the IAH program over the next two years. Over $336 million in new money is available to build, renovate, and provide critical affordable housing across the province.  This brings the total investment under the IAH program to over $1.6 billion.

The IAH investments are providing opportunities to make needed improvements to reduce wait times for affordable housing around the province.  They are contributing to the vision for the Long-Term Affordable Strategy update – that every person has an affordable, suitable and adequate home to provide the foundation to secure employment, raise a family and build strong communities.

Under the IAH, Service Managers have the flexibility to select which program components to participate in – such as new rental construction, home repair, housing allowances, rent supplements or home ownership – based on local housing needs in their communities.  The funding has also helped local economies by creating nearly 9,000 jobs in the first five years of the program.

The following are the outcomes from the fifth year of IAH (2015-16) which saw more than $154 million in funding committed across the province. 

ANNUAL PUBLIC REPORTING ON OUTCOMES

Investment in Affordable Housing (IAH) Program Year Five Report (2015-16)

Reduce the number of households in need by improving access to affordable housing that is sound, suitable and sustainable for households in need

Year 1

(2011-12)

Year 2

(2012-13)

Year 3

(2013-14)

Year 4 

(2014-15)

Year 5

(2015-16)

Total

IAH Program

Households no longer in housing need as a result of the Investment in Affordable Housing

607

5,985

7,972

5,290

 4,915

24,769

Rental units created to increase the supply of affordable housing stock

377

746

571

720

 706

3,120

Households assisted in purchasing a home

36

351

357

370

 378

1,492

Affordable housing stock units preserved through renovation, rehabilitation and repair

63

1,086

3,700

1,816

 1,699

8,364

Homeowner households assisted to maintain residence in their existing housing

63

936

1,354

1,703

 1,120

5,176

Renter households assisted through rent supplements

131

1,491

789

1,735

 326

4,472

Renter households assisted through housing allowances

*

2,311

2,555

649

 1,806

7,321

Aboriginal households living off-reserve no longer in housing need as a result of the IAH

*

134

206

182

 128

650

Affordable housing units created to increase the supply of and improve access to affordable housing for off-reserve Aboriginal households

*

49

64

181

 23

317

Accommodations for victims of family violence preserved as a result of the IAH

**

18

22

51

 11

102

 

Reduce the demand for services and institutional living by increasing and extending independent living for households in need being seniors and persons with disabilities

Year 1

(2011-12)

  Year 2

(2012-13)

Year 3

(2013-14)

Year 4 

(2014-15)

Year 5 

(2015-16)

Total

IAH Program

Seniors and persons with disabilities households who are able to remain living independently

180

710

1,189

1,211

 1,304

4,594

Seniors and persons with disabilities households assisted through the creation of new rental housing units

152

147

264

115

 314

992

Seniors and persons with disabilities households assisted through modifications and renovations to existing housing stock

28

563

921

1,090

 990

3,592

 



 

 

Foster a more holistic approach to addressing poverty by supporting a broad range of programs


Year 1

(2011-12)

  Year 2

(2012-13)

Year 3

(2013-14)

Year 4 

(2014-15)

Year 5 

(2015 - 16)

Total

IAH Program

Increased opportunities as measured through a description of the increase in the number and nature of programs offered

*

***

-

-

 - -

Increased opportunities as measured through a description of the increase in the number and nature of programs offered for Aboriginal households off-reserve

*

***

-

-

 - -

 

 

Increase the resources available to address the housing needs of households in need by encouraging contributions by others including the private and not-for profit sectors

Year 1

(2011-12)

  Year 2

(2012-13)

Year 3

(2013-14)

Year 4 

(2014-15)

Year 5 

(2015-16)

Total

IAH Program

Additional dollars generated through local partnerships toward addressing housing need

$21.079M

$36.837M

$26.163M

$34.629M

 $52.639M

$84.079M

 

 

Foster training of skilled labour by supporting apprenticeships in the residential housing sector

Year 1

(2011-12)

  Year 2

(2012-13)

Year 3

(2013-14)

Year 4 

(2014-15)

Year 5 

(2015-16)

Total

IAH Program

 Number of IAH projects employing apprentices  -  -  -  -  38  38
 Number of apprentices employed under IAH projects  -  -  -  -  159  159
 

Description of activities /initiatives to promote or support apprenticeships in IAH projects

 -  -  -  -  ****  

 

LEGEND

* In 2011-12, the Investment in Affordable Housing Program for Ontario (IAH) program was treated as a transitional year.  Funding was approved under the following program components:  Rental Housing; Homeownership; Northern Repair; and Rent Supplement. CMHC continued to delivery the suite of federal renovation programs including the Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program (RRAP)

**In 2011-12, CMHC tracked the number of existing accommodations for victims of family violence as a result of the IAH. 

***In 2012-13, the number and nature of programs offered increased with the introduction of three additional program components: Ontario Renovates; Housing Allowance; and, Off-Reserve Aboriginal Housing.
Ontario Renovates provides financial assistance to repair deficiencies and increase accessibility of affordable rental or ownership properties, and create secondary suites in existing single family homes.
The Housing Allowance component provides financial assistance directly to low-income renter households to increase housing affordability.
The Off-Reserve Aboriginal Housing component provides assistance to off-reserve Aboriginal households through affordable homeownership and home repair, and provides funding to assist in the creation of new affordable rental units.

****Priority consideration of the employment of apprentices in the residential housing sector was included in the project evaluation and selection process of all new Rental Housing and Ontario Renovates multi unit repair projects. 

NOTE:  The figures above reflect funding commitments made under the capital and operating components of the IAH.