September 14, 2016
Today, Ontario reintroduced the Promoting Affordable Housing Act, 2016 that would, if passed, help ensure better access to affordable and adequate housing for the people of Ontario.
The proposed changes would help modernize existing social housing and increase the supply of affordable housing across the province by:
This Act builds on Ontario’s update to the Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy, which was announced in March 2016. The update is making housing programs more people-centred and co-ordinated, and provides municipalities with the flexibility to meet local needs through tools like inclusionary zoning.
The re-introduction of the Promoting Affordable Housing Act is part of Ontario’s commitment to reintroduce all government bills that were before the legislature in spring 2016, so that debate on important issues may continue.
Improving access to affordable housing is part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes investing in talent and skills, including helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is also making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history and investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.
“Ontario is answering the call to provide more affordable housing across the province. We know that when people have a home, they are healthier, able to pursue employment, and better equipped to participate in and contribute to their communities. By increasing the tools available to our local partners to improve access to housing, Ontario will continue to be a place where the work of building stronger communities starts at home.”
— Chris Ballard, Minister of Housing
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