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Our government envisions an Ontario where every person has an affordable, suitable and adequate home. Through Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy, the government has set a bold long-term goal to end homelessness.

Decent housing is more than shelter; it provides stability, security and dignity. It plays a key role in reducing poverty and building strong, inclusive communities. 

Find housing and housing assistance

Ontario’s affordable housing and homelessness programs are administered by municipalities and District Social Services Administration Boards, known as Service Managers, who know their communities’ needs best.

Contact your local Municipal Service Manager to find out about housing assistance in your area.

If you are a housing provider or Service Manager, visit this site for more resources.

What we’re doing to end homelessness in Ontario

Poverty Reduction Strategy

The new Poverty Reduction Strategy — Realizing Our Potential — will expand Ontario’s poverty reduction efforts to reach more vulnerable people and will continue to reduce poverty in Ontario. Visit the Poverty Reduction Strategy Office's website to read about the strategy.

Updating the Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy

Launched in 2010, the Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy was the first of its kind in Ontario. It set out a road map to create a flexible, community-centered approach to housing and related service delivery.

The government is currently updating the Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy to reflect new research and best practices. A new strategy will be completed in the new year.

We are also reviewing input we've received through consultations with the public, other ministries, non-profits, community groups and the private sector.

Learn about Ontario’s long-term vision to support affordable housing.

Expert Advisory Panel on Homelessness 

In 2015, the government established an Expert Advisory Panel on Homelessness. The Panel was asked to provide practical input on definitions and data collection methods related to homelessness, and provide advice on developing a new target related to homelessness. The Panel presented its final report to government, A Place to Call Home, which will help support a solid foundation for evidence-based housing and homelessness prevention policies, and inform the government’s Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy update.

In response to the Panel’s report, the government announced a number of immediate and long-term steps it will take to work together with its public, non-profit and private sector partners, and local communities to work towards its vision of ending homelessness.

A Place to Call Home: Report of the Expert Advisory Panel on Homelessness [PDF]

Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative

This program aims to prevent, address, and reduce homelessness by improving access to adequate, suitable and affordable housing that is linked to flexible support services based on people’s needs. This program supports individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

Investment in Affordable Housing program

In August 2014, Ontario signed an agreement with the federal government to extend the Investment in Affordable Housing program. More than $801 million in new funding will be available over the next five years to improve access to affordable housing that is suitable and sustainable for households across Ontario.

Learn more