Item - 2019.AU2.1

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on May 14, 2019 with amendments.
  • This item was considered by the Audit Committee on May 3, 2019 and adopted without amendment. It will be considered by City Council on May 14, 2019.

AU2.1 - Moving Forward Together: Opportunities to Address Broader City Priorities in Toronto Community Housing Corporation Revitalizations

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on May 14 and 15, 2019, adopted the following:  

 

1. City Council request the City Manager, in consultation with the Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Community Housing Corporation, to make recommendations to City Council regarding city-building objectives that will be addressed through Toronto Community Housing Corporation revitalizations, and the related funding requirements to achieve those objectives, prior to proceeding with future revitalizations and/or phases that have yet to obtain planning approvals and Shareholder consent.

 

2. City Council request the City Manager, in consultation with the Director, Affordable Housing Office and the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration, as part of the City’s strategy for addressing housing affordability, to:

 

a. evaluate efficient and cost-effective ways to increase the supply of affordable housing units with adequate consideration of broader social factors and public policy objectives; and

 

b. make recommendations to City Council, in consultation with the Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Community Housing Corporation, on whether more affordable housing units should be required in future Toronto Community Housing Corporation revitalizations based on a site-by-site evaluation of financial and social implications.

 

3. City Council request the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, to:

 

a. review the Official Plan Policy 3.2.1.9(b) for appropriateness and practicality, and make recommendations to Council on any necessary amendments; and

 

b. ensure that the Official Plan Policy 3.2.1.9(b) (or any subsequent amendment) is applied consistently on all future large site development applications; where applicants seek amendments from this policy, City Planning should clearly explain the rationale and analysis for the amendments, and provide alternatives for achieving new affordable housing in its reports.

 

4. City Council request the City Manager, in consultation with the Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Community Housing Corporation and other relevant stakeholders, to evaluate the impacts of requiring that new affordable housing be provided by developers in any real estate development transactions; such evaluation should consider the financial implications and/or trade-offs to the City as a whole, as well as potential incentives and strategies that can make providing affordable housing more attractive to potential developers.

 

5. City Council request the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration, in consultation with the Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Community Housing Corporation, to ensure that Toronto Community Housing Corporation’s long-term development capital and operating needs for revitalizations are considered as part of developing a long-term permanent funding model.

 

6. City Council request the City Manager to ask the Boards of CreateTO and Toronto Community Housing Corporation to ensure these organizations increase collaboration and consultation with a view to improving the function of each organization independently in the short-term; such work should commence as soon as possible.

 

7. City Council request the City Manager, in consultation with the Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Community Housing Corporation, to bring forth recommendations to clarify the Shareholder Direction to Toronto Community Housing Corporation with respect to the City’s approval and ongoing oversight of revitalizations, specifically:

 

a. the timing and scope of approvals, including objectives and priorities for the revitalization; and

 

b. the level of detailed reporting required annually on project progress, capital budget variances, updated forecasts and adherence with the Council-approved strategic direction and principles, including barriers and challenges.

 

8. City Council request the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat in consultation with CreateTO, to report to the July 3, 2019 meeting of the Planning and Housing Committee on any options for City-building objectives that may be included on revitalizations that have yet to obtain planning approvals.

 

9. City Council request the City Manager, in consultation with the Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Community Housing Corporation, to report the outcomes (short, medium, and long-term) achieved at the completion of each phase of revitalization projects in order to demonstrate the overall financial and non-financial stakeholder impacts; such reports be completed as soon as practicable following the completion of each phase of a project.

 

10. City Council request the Toronto Community Housing Corporation Board to report annually to City Council through the City Manager and the City’s Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer on the long-term building repair and development capital plans, including funding sources and any unfunded amounts the City needs to include in its Capital Plan.

 

11. City Council request the City’s Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer to ensure the City’s 10-Year Capital Plan includes Toronto Community Housing Corporation’s building capital repair and revitalization projects and identify shortfalls to be included in the overall city unfunded projects list, in addition, the City needs to identify any associated debt that needs to be included in the City’s debt service targets.

 

12. City Council request the City Manager to forward this Item to other major agencies and corporations for their review and consideration of the relevance of the recommendations to their respective organizations.

Background Information (Committee)

(March 28, 2019) Report from the Auditor General - Moving Forward Together: Opportunities to Address Broader City Priorities in TCHC Revitalizations
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/au/bgrd/backgroundfile-131858.pdf
Audit at a Glance - Moving Forward Together: Opportunities to Address Broader City Priorities in TCHC Revitalizations
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/au/bgrd/backgroundfile-131859.pdf
Attachment 1 - Moving Forward Together: Opportunities to Address Broader City Priorities in TCHC Revitalizations
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/au/bgrd/backgroundfile-131860.pdf
Presentation Material submitted by the Auditor General
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/au/bgrd/backgroundfile-132609.pdf

Motions (City Council)

1 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Paula Fletcher (Carried)

That City Council request the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat in consultation with CreateTO, to report to the July 3, 2019 meeting of the Planning and Housing Committee on any options for city-building objectives that may be included on revitalizations that have yet to obtain planning approvals.


Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

1a - Decision Letter from the Toronto Community Housing Corporation Board of Directors - Moving Forward Together: Opportunities to Address Broader City Priorities in Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) Revitalizations

Background Information (Committee)

(April 29, 2019) Decision Letter from the Vice Chair, Board of Directors, and the President and Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Community Housing Corporation
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/au/bgrd/backgroundfile-132547.pdf

1b - Supplementary Report - Moving Forward Together: Opportunities to Address Broader City Priorities in Toronto Community Housing Corporation Revitalizations

Background Information (Committee)

(May 2, 2019) Supplementary Report from the Auditor General - Moving Forward Together: Opportunities to Address Broader City Priorities in TCHC Revitalizations (AU2.1b)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/au/bgrd/backgroundfile-132574.pdf

AU2.1 - Moving Forward Together: Opportunities to Address Broader City Priorities in Toronto Community Housing Corporation Revitalizations

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Audit Committee recommends that:  

 

1. City Council request the City Manager, in consultation with the Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC), to make recommendations to City Council regarding city-building objectives that will be addressed through TCHC revitalizations, and the related funding requirements to achieve those objectives, prior to proceeding with future revitalizations and/or phases that have yet to obtain planning approvals and Shareholder consent.

 

2. City Council request the City Manager, in consultation with the Director, Affordable Housing Office, and the General Manager, Shelter, Support & Housing Administration, as part of the City’s strategy for addressing housing affordability, to:

 

a. evaluate efficient and cost-effective ways to increase the supply of affordable housing units with adequate consideration of broader social factors and public policy objectives;

 

b. make recommendations to City Council, in consultation with the Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC), on whether more affordable housing units should be required in future TCHC revitalizations based on a site-by-site evaluation of financial and social implications.

 

3. City Council request the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, to:

 

a. review the Official Plan Policy 3.2.1.9(b) for appropriateness and practicality, and make recommendations to Council on any necessary amendments; and

 

b. ensure that the Official Plan Policy 3.2.1.9(b) (or any subsequent amendment) is applied consistently on all future large site development applications. Where applicants seek amendments from this policy, City Planning should clearly explain the rationale and analysis for the amendments, and provide alternatives for achieving new affordable housing in its reports.

 

4. City Council request the City Manager, in consultation with the Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Community Housing Corporation and other relevant stakeholders, to evaluate the impacts of requiring that new affordable housing be provided by developers in any real estate development transactions. Such evaluation should consider the financial implications and/or trade-offs to the City as a whole, as well as potential incentives and strategies that can make providing affordable housing more attractive to potential developers.

 

5. City Council request the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance & Administration, in consultation with the Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC), to ensure that TCHC’s long-term development capital and operating needs for revitalizations are considered as part of developing a long-term permanent funding model.

 

6. City Council request the City Manager to ask the Boards of CreateTO and Toronto Community Housing Corporation to ensure these organizations increase collaboration and consultation with a view to improving the function of each organization independently in the short-term. Such work should commence as soon as possible.

 

7. City Council request the City Manager, in consultation with the Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Community Housing Corporation, to bring forth recommendations to clarify the Shareholder Direction to Toronto Community Housing Corporation with respect to the City’s approval and ongoing oversight of revitalizations, specifically:

 

a. the timing and scope of approvals, including objectives and priorities for the revitalization; and

 

b. the level of detailed reporting required annually on project progress, capital budget variances, updated forecasts and adherence with the Council-approved strategic direction and principles, including barriers and challenges.

 

8. City Council request the City Manager, in consultation with the Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Community Housing Corporation, to report the outcomes (short, medium, and long-term) achieved at the completion of each phase of revitalization projects in order to demonstrate the overall financial and non-financial stakeholder impacts. Such reports be completed as soon as practicable following the completion of each phase of a project.

 

9. City Council request the Toronto Community Housing Corporation Board to report annually to City Council through the City Manager and the City’s Chief Financial Officer on the long-term building repair and development capital plans, including funding sources and any unfunded amounts the City needs to include in its Capital Plan.

 

10. City Council request the City’s Chief Financial Officer to ensure the City’s 10-Year Capital Plan includes Toronto Community Housing Corporation’s building capital repair and revitalization projects and identify shortfalls to be included in the overall city unfunded projects list. In addition, the City needs to identify any associated debt that needs to be included in the City’s debt service targets.

 

11. City Council request the City Manager to forward the report (March 28, 2019) from the Auditor General to other major agencies and corporations for their review and consideration of the relevance of the recommendations to their respective organizations.

Decision Advice and Other Information

The following City staff gave a presentation to the Audit Committee on this Item:

 

- Ina Chan, Assistant Auditor General

- Patricia Lee, Senior Audit Manager

Origin

(March 28, 2019) Report from the Auditor General

Summary

This report presents the results of the Auditor General’s audit of the redevelopment and revitalization activities of the Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC). The objective of this audit was to evaluate the extent to which TCHC’s revitalization program addresses the challenges of providing public social housing and contributes to city-building priorities.

 

TCHC revitalization initiatives are a significant undertaking. They offer the chance to plan and build a community starting from the ground up. The City and TCHC need to strategically align their priorities and desired outcomes for revitalizations and support their achievement with an adequate funding plan. This will not only ensure that existing social housing is replaced, but can also more effectively address other city-building priorities, such as increasing the supply of affordable housing.

 

The issues and recommendations discussed in this report can be categorized into three broad themes:

 

1. The City has an opportunity to address its key priorities within TCHC revitalizations, such as increasing the supply of affordable housing. Successfully addressing multiple city-building objectives through site redevelopment requires the City to coordinate key priorities, raise the visibility of the funding issues and ensure there is a plan to achieve overall desired outcomes. To do this, a broader, more integrated approach for the City as a whole – not for TCHC alone – is needed.

 

2. In recommending revitalization priorities and establishing funding strategies, TCHC and the City should work together to create a formal development strategy. They should also establish ways to measure the outcome-focused goals to be set out in the strategy and evaluate and report on outcomes achieved for each revitalization phase. Given the significant financial pressures it is facing, TCHC can support ongoing oversight and raise the visibility of the funding required from City Council and others by enhancing the transparency and timeliness of reporting throughout the span of revitalizations.

 

3. TCHC can further enhance processes and controls related to selecting its development partners.

 

Our audit makes 23 recommendations that will help the City and TCHC work together to achieve broader city-building objectives and will improve accountability for the outcomes of revitalizations. It will also help TCHC to enhance its procurement practices related to real estate transactions. Management has agreed to all our recommendations and has already taken steps to start implementing them.

 

Although other agencies and corporations were not within the scope of our audit, this report contains a number of findings and recommendations that may be relevant to them. This report should be forwarded to these agencies and corporations so that they may consider it and take any actions they deem necessary.

Background Information

(March 28, 2019) Report from the Auditor General - Moving Forward Together: Opportunities to Address Broader City Priorities in TCHC Revitalizations
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/au/bgrd/backgroundfile-131858.pdf
Audit at a Glance - Moving Forward Together: Opportunities to Address Broader City Priorities in TCHC Revitalizations
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/au/bgrd/backgroundfile-131859.pdf
Attachment 1 - Moving Forward Together: Opportunities to Address Broader City Priorities in TCHC Revitalizations
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/au/bgrd/backgroundfile-131860.pdf
Presentation Material submitted by the Auditor General
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/au/bgrd/backgroundfile-132609.pdf

Speakers

Alejandra Ruiz Vargas, Chair, East York ACORN
Miguel Avila-Velarde
Councillor Paula Fletcher

Motions

1 - Motion to Adopt Item (Carried)

1a - Decision Letter from the Toronto Community Housing Corporation Board of Directors - Moving Forward Together: Opportunities to Address Broader City Priorities in Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) Revitalizations

Origin

(April 29, 2019) Letter from the Vice Chair, Board of Directors, and the President and Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Community Housing Corporation

Summary

On April 29, 2019, the Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) Board of Directors considered the report entitled, “Moving Forward Together: Opportunities to Address Broader City Priorities in TCHC Revitalizations.”

 

The Board adopted the following motion:

 

1. Receive the report of the Auditor General dated March 28, 2019.

 

2. Adopt recommendations numbered 7,8,13 through 22, and endorse the remaining recommendations (with the exception of recommendation #1), many of which TCHC have already completed.

 

3. Direct that the report together with the Board's decisions be forwarded to the City’s Audit Committee for action.

 

4. Thank the Auditor General and her staff for their efforts and recommendations to further enhance the revitalization and renewal program at TCHC.

 

The foregoing is for the information of the City of Toronto Audit Committee.

Background Information

(April 29, 2019) Decision Letter from the Vice Chair, Board of Directors, and the President and Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Community Housing Corporation
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/au/bgrd/backgroundfile-132547.pdf

1b - Supplementary Report - Moving Forward Together: Opportunities to Address Broader City Priorities in Toronto Community Housing Corporation Revitalizations

Origin

(May 2, 2019) Report from Auditor General

Summary

The purpose of this report is to make a one-word technical clarification to the last paragraph on page 16 of the report entitled “Moving Forward Together: Opportunities to Address Broader City Priorities in TCHC Revitalizations”. The paragraph should be revised as follows:

 

"The planning reports for these sites did not always clearly highlight the “large site” policy requirements or explain the reasoning for the policy amendment. The reports only indicated that new affordable housing would be “encouraged”, but did not provide alternative commentary or recommendations for achieving new affordable units."

Background Information

(May 2, 2019) Supplementary Report from the Auditor General - Moving Forward Together: Opportunities to Address Broader City Priorities in TCHC Revitalizations (AU2.1b)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/au/bgrd/backgroundfile-132574.pdf
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council