The affordable housing situation will be front and center on Friday, as the Mayor hosts the 2016 Toronto Housing Summit.
John Tory, together with Toronto’s Housing Advocate and councilor Ana Bailão, will head the summit, which aims to get both the Federal and Provincial governments to take on a bigger role when it comes to dealing with the affordable and social housing crisis facing many Canadian cities.
Other attendees include Mississauga’s Mayor Bonnie Crombie, Don Iveson, the Mayor of Edmonton, and representatives from Ottawa, Calgary and Montreal. In total, over 200 representatives from the non-profit, private sector organizations as well as housing experts and residents.
“The Toronto Summit has demonstrated that Toronto and cities across the country need a new partnership on tackling homelessness, social and affordable housing,” said Mayor Tory. “We have already taken action and made commitments on funding and land to make affordable housing happen. We expect that the National Housing Strategy will deliver the resources we need to fund our backlog of housing need and address our challenges into the future.”
“Today’s Housing Summit has demonstrated that there are solutions to the housing issues facing Toronto,” said Councillor Bailão. “We have heard loud and clear from the many participants in the summit that they are committed to working together and contributing their expertise in implementing the programs they expect to be part of a National Housing Strategy.”
Any recommendations/discussions from the summit will be used to provide Toronto’s input into the Federal Government’s National Housing Strategy.