Ontario’s Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy
Updating the strategy
The government’s update to the Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy reflects new research and best practices that support Ontario’s transformation towards a better housing system.
Ontario is making several investments to achieve the vision of a province where:
Every person has an affordable, suitable and adequate home to provide the foundation to secure employment, raise a family and build strong communities.
On May 18, 2016, Ontario introduced the Promoting Affordable Housing Act, 2016, that would, if passed, help ensure that the people of Ontario have better access to affordable and adequate housing.
The changes would amend four provincial acts to help increase the supply of affordable housing across the province and modernize existing social housing.
For the full list of proposed legislative amendments, see the Promoting Affordable Housing Act, 2016.
Building on the 2016 Ontario Budget investment of $178 million over three years, the government is making a long-term commitment to stable funding that will continue its transformation of the housing system.
- Survivors of Domestic Violence Pilot Project: investing more than $17 million over three years to pilot a portable housing benefit targeted towards survivors of domestic violence that would eventually assist up to 3,000 survivors, growing from $2.5 million in 2016/17 to $10 million in 2018/19
- Supportive Housing: investing up to $100 million in operating funding for housing allowances and support services to assist up to 4,000 families and individuals in new supportive housing over the next three years; and supporting the construction of up to 1,500 new supportive housing units over the long term, with operating assistance eventually assisting up to 6,000 households
- Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative: building on our current annual investment of almost $294 million in funding for the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative with $15 million in additional funding in 2017-18, climbing to $30 million in 2018-19, for a total of $324 million in annual investments.
- Innovation, Evidence and Capacity Building Fund: investing up to $2.5 million over three years to create an Innovation, Evidence and Capacity Building Fund to support research, evaluation and capacity building initiatives
Program updatesElements of the updated strategy include:
- proposed legislation for inclusionary zoning that would allow municipalities to mandate that affordable housing units be provided within development projects
- a framework for a portable housing benefit that would give people more flexibility to choose where they want to live
- a modernized framework for social housing that will be developed with partners to align with our focus on poverty reduction and better manage legacy social housing programs
- a Supportive Housing Policy Framework to guide program improvements and support coordination across sectors to improve client outcomes
- an Indigenous Housing Strategy that will be developed in partnership with Indigenous communities
- next steps toward ending homelessness, reflecting recommendations made by the Expert Advisory Panel on Homelessness report released in late 2015
- proposed changes to the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 to encourage small landlords to provide rental housing, and to facilitate transitional housing
About the legislation
For Service Managers
- Visit this site for more resources.
Read the Policy Statement, which provides additional policy context and direction to Service Managers to support the development of local housing and homelessness plans. The policy statement will take effect on July 1, 2016. Service Managers’ housing and homelessness plans will be required to be consistent with the new policy statement by January 1, 2019.
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