Email this pageAffordable Housing and Ending Homelessness
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 by the end of 2015.
We are also reviewing input we've received through consultations with the public, other ministries, non-profits, community groups and the private sector.
Expert Advisory Panel on Homelessness
The government established an Expert Advisory Panel on Homelessness earlier this year. Panel members are preparing a final report to government that will provide advice on how to define and measure homelessness in order to better understand the problem and work toward ending it.
The panel’s advice and recommendations will be reflected in the government’s update to the Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy. More details will be available in fall 2015.
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.
- Contact us to learn more about Ontario’s affordable housing and homelessness programs.
- If you are a housing provider or Service Manager, visit this site for more resources.
- Read a summary of what the minister heard and learned during the Minister’s Forum on Affordable Housing and the Private Sector (PDF).
- Learn more about why long term funding for affordable housing is important.
- Affordable Housing ResourcesProgram overviews, guidelines, reports and other resources for Service Managers.
- Affordable Housing by Region
- Long-Term Funding For Affordable Housing
- Minister’s Forum on Affordable Housing and the Private Sector (PDF)