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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 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 updates

Elements of the updated strategy include:

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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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