Ontario Releases Updated Housing Strategy

Today the province has released its updated Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy (LTAHS). While many of the specific commitments made as part of the strategy were previously unveiled in the 2016 Ontario Budget, the updated LTAHS includes a range of legislative, policy and regulatory changes alongside $178 million in housing investments over the next three years. Specifically, as part of the new strategy, the government will:

  • Propose legislation for inclusionary zoning that would allow municipalities to mandate that new developments include affordable housing units
  • Create a framework for a portable housing benefit that would give recipients the flexibility to choose where they want to live-including a special benefit for survivors of domestic violence
  • Develop a Supportive Housing Policy Framework to improve outcomes, including $100 million in funding over the next three years for up to 4,000 families and individual to access services like counselling, medication, and life skills as well as the construction of up to 1,500 new supportive housing units
  • Provide an additional $45 million over three years for the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative
  • Develop an Indigenous Housing Strategy

For more:

Ontario’s Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy

Backgrounder: Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy Update 

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