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Ontario’s Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy Update

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 taking action and making 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. 

Ontario passed the Promoting Affordable Housing Act on December 6, 2016, helping to ensure that the people of Ontario have better access to affordable and suitable housing.

The Promoting Affordable Housing Act amends four acts to help increase the supply of affordable housing and modernize social housing by:

  • Giving municipalities the option to implement inclusionary zoning, which requires affordable housing units to be included in residential developments (in force on proclamation).
  • Making second units such as above-garage apartments or basement units in new homes less costly to build by exempting them from development charges. Second units are a potential source of affordable rental housing and allow homeowners to earn additional income (in force on proclamation).  
  • Giving local service managers more choice in how they deliver and administer social housing programs and services to reduce wait lists and make it easier for people in Ontario to access a range of housing options.
  • Encouraging more inclusive communities and strengthening tenant rights by preventing unnecessary evictions from social housing and creating more mixed-income housing.
  • Gathering data about homelessness in Ontario by requiring service managers to conduct local enumeration of those who are homeless in their communities, so that Ontario can continue to work towards its goal of ending chronic homelessness by 2025.

Investments

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 $30 million over the next three years in the Survivors of Domestic Violence Portable Housing Benefit Pilot to eventually support up to 3,000 survivors of domestic violence and provide them with the flexibility to choose where they want to live. 
  • 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. Ontario is increasing its previously announced operating funding for housing assistance and support services to $100 million annually, beginning in 2019-20. This will bring the total investment beginning in 2017 to $200 million by 2019-20, assisting up to 6,000 families and individuals.  
  • Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative: building on the 2016/17 annual investment of almost $294 million in funding for the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative (CHPI), Ontario is investing $15 million in additional funding each year in 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20, climbing to a total increase of $45 million. By 2019-20, the total investment in CHPI will be over $338.7 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 updates

Elements of the updated strategy include:

Learn more

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 updated policy statement took 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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