Item - 2020.PH14.3

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on June 29, 2020 with amendments.
  • This item was considered by Planning and Housing Committee on June 15, 2020 and was adopted with amendments. It will be considered by City Council on June 29, 2020.

PH14.3 - Housing Now Initiative - Annual Progress Report

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on June 29 and 30, 2020, adopted the following:

 

1. City Council authorize the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat to offer the Open Door incentives valued at $15,436,241 over 99 years for up to 200 additional affordable rental housing units on the Phase One Sites (3,900 units in total), and to exempt the affordable rental housing, including any applicable ancillary and related, parking and amenity space from the payment of development charges and provide a waiver of all planning and building permit fees and parkland dedication fees.

 

2. City Council exempt the up to 200 additional affordable rental homes anticipated to be developed on the Phase One Sites, from taxation for municipal and school purposes for the term of the municipal housing facility agreement, with the property tax exemption having an estimated net present value of approximately $5,836,458 over 99 years.

 

3. City Council authorize City staff to cancel or refund any taxes paid after the effective date of the municipal housing facility agreement.

 

4. City Council direct the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat, in consultation with the Chief Executive Officer, CreateTO, to administer the market offering process for all Phase One Sites designated exclusively for non-profit participation, and to negotiate the leases, purchase agreements and other contracts with the successful non-profit development partners.

 

5. City Council request the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat and the Chief Executive Officer, CreateTO to explore options to maximize the involvement and participation of non-profit and co-operative housing organizations, including Indigenous groups and communities, in future market offerings for the Housing Now sites, and provide greater consideration to submissions from non-profits that are financially viable, meet all other program requirements under the Housing Now Initiative and provide greater levels of affordability.

 

6. City Council request the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat and the Chief Executive Officer, CreateTO, to ensure that, in addition to requiring that Housing Now sites achieve a minimum of 20 percent accessible affordable rental units and 15 percent accessible market rental units plus fully barrier-free common areas, greater consideration is provided to future proposals that provide a greater number of accessible units, and include as many universal design features as possible in both in the market and affordable rental housing components of each site.

 

7. City Council direct the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat, in consultation with the Chief Executive Officer, Create TO, to:

 

a. negotiate with proponents for future Housing Now sites to include limitations on annual rent increases for market renters, with annual increases in rent not to exceed the Provincial Guideline amount plus 2 percent, with a goal of achieving the lowest possible annual rent increases for market renters while maintaining the economic feasibility of each project, including securing the affordable rental housing targets established for the Housing Now Initiative;

 

b. include a process in the negotiated agreements with proponents, similar to the provincial Above Guideline Increase process under the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006, by which landlords of future Housing Now Initiative sites can apply to the Deputy City Manager, Corporate Services, for approval to impose additional limited rent increases in exceptional circumstances for costs incurred as a result of:

 

1. an extraordinary increase in property taxes (i.e., an increase greater than the guideline plus 50 percent of the guideline);

 

2. extraordinary or significant eligible capital expenses (including extraordinary or significant renovation, repair, replacement or new additions, the expected benefit of which extends for at least five years) with respect to the residential building/component; and

 

3. extraordinary operating costs as a result of new security service or an existing security service necessary to maintain the safety of renters;

 

c. seek approval from City Council for proposals that do not comply with Parts 7.a. and 7.b. above; and

 

d. report to City Council immediately upon the conclusion of any market offering process that does not result in a viable bid.

 

8. City Council request the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat in consultation with the Chief Executive Officer, Create TO, to report to Council in the third quarter of 2021 with the second annual update on the Housing Now Initiative including outcomes of negotiations with proponents, status of all sites, and any recommended changes to ensure continued successful delivery of the program.

 

9. City Council authorize the public release of Confidential Attachment 1 to the report (June 1, 2020) from the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat following the closing of all lease and/or purchase transactions for sites approved under the Housing Now Initiative.

 

10. City Council direct the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat and the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to convene a working group with not-for-profit housing providers, co-ops, and land trusts to increase to their role in delivering Housing Now sites.

 

11. City Council direct the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat and the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to convene a working group with not-for-profit housing providers, co-ops, and land trusts to develop a strategy for land acquisition for affordable housing.

 

12. City Council request the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat, to form a working group composed of staff from City Planning, Buildings and Create TO as well as stakeholder organizations representing the disability community and the development industry, to explore the options and feasibility to increase the percentage of accessible units and units with universal design features to be delivered through Housing Now Initiative and report back to the Planning and Housing Committee in the second quarter of 2021 with findings and recommendations; in addition to City staff, the membership of the working group should include, but not be limited to:

 

a. The Accessible Housing Network;

 

b. The Centre for Independent Living;

 

c. Toronto Senior's Forum;

 

d. Citizens With Disabilities – Ontario;

 

e. Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians Toronto;

 

f. Older Women's Network;

 

g. R-Path;

 

h. BILD; and

 

i. RESCON.

 

13. City Council request the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat and the Chief Executive Officer, CreateTO to consult with the Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Community Housing Corporation on opportunities to incorporate the Toronto Community Housing Corporation lands at 1080 Eastern Avenue into the proposed Housing Now Phase Two redevelopment at 1631 Queen Street East, and consult with all neighbouring landowners on opportunities to partner and maximize the amount of affordable housing delivered on this site. 

 

14. City Council request the Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild to address recovery federal funds being directed to non-profits to fully fund their participation in Housing Now sites when meeting goals in Housing Plan.

 

15. City Council request the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat and the Executive Director, Corporate Real Estate Management to identify any smaller city sites that could be set aside for non-profit housing and to establish an optimal size of such a sites and report back in the fourth quarter of 2020. 

 

16. City Council direct the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat, in consultation with the President and Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Community Housing Corporation and the Chief Executive Officer, CreateTO, to report back to the Planning and Housing Committee by the fourth quarter of 2020 on a road map and best practices approach for building purpose-built market and affordable rental on the Toronto Community Housing Corporation rented site at 45 Canyon Avenue keeping in mind that the independent school there has a multi-decade lease and will continue to operate on site should a new building be constructed.

 

Confidential Attachment 1 to the report (June 1, 2020) from the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat remains confidential at this time in accordance with the provisions of the City of Toronto Act, 2006, as it pertains to a proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land by the City of Toronto and CreateTO. Confidential Attachment 1 to the report (June 1, 2020) from the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat will be made public following the closing of all lease and/or purchase transactions for sites approved under the Housing Now Initiative.

Confidential Attachment - This report deals with a proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land by the City of Toronto and CreateTO.

Background Information (Committee)

(June 1, 2020) Report from the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat on Housing Now Initiative - Annual Progress Report
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-147690.pdf
Confidential Attachment 1 - Estimated Cost of Rent Control Options
Attachment 1 - Housing Now Project Tracker
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-147691.pdf
Attachment 2 - Phase One Sites Status Update
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-147692.pdf
Attachment 3 - Considerations for Rent Increases on Market Rental Units
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-147788.pdf
Presentation from the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat on Housing Now Initiative Annual Update
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-148009.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(June 11, 2020) Letter from Minette Samaroo, President, Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians, Toronto Chapter (PH.New.PH14.3.1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/comm/communicationfile-103510.pdf
(June 11, 2020) Submission from Tracy O'Dell, President, Citizens With Disabilities - Ontario (CWDO) (PH.New.PH14.3.2)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/comm/communicationfile-103511.pdf
(June 11, 2020) Letter from Tim Neeb, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mahony Management (PH.New.PH14.3.3)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/comm/communicationfile-103512.pdf
(June 12, 2020) Submission from Kate Chung, Chair Housing Committee of the Older Women's Network and Co-Chair of the Accessible Housing Network (PH.New.PH14.3.4)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/comm/communicationfile-103491.pdf
(June 12, 2020) Letter from Farah Mohamed, Toronto Region Board of Trade and Mwarigha, Woodgreen (PH.New.PH14.3.5)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/comm/communicationfile-103513.pdf
(June 12, 2020) Submission from Emily Paradis, Right to Housing Toronto (R2HTO) (PH.New.PH14.3.6)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/comm/communicationfile-103528.pdf
(June 15, 2020) Letter from Keira Heineck, Executive Lead, Toronto Alliance to End Homelessness (PH.New.PH14.3.7)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/comm/communicationfile-103529.pdf
(June 14, 2020) Submission from Dana Granofsky, Principal, BGM Strategy Group (PH.New.PH14.3.8)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/comm/communicationfile-103530.pdf
(June 14, 2020) Submission from Gautam Mukherjee, Executive Director, Mainstay Housing (PH.New.PH14.3.9)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/comm/communicationfile-103531.pdf
(June 15, 2020) Submission from Mark Richardson, Technical Lead, HousingNow TO.com (PH.New.PH14.3.10)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/comm/communicationfile-103548.pdf
(June 15, 2020) Letter from Councillor Josh Matlow, Toronto - St. Paul's (PH.New.PH14.3.11)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/comm/communicationfile-103549.pdf
(June 15, 2020) Letter from Rosemary Powell, Executive Director, Toronto Community Benefits Network (PH.New.PH14.3.12)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/comm/communicationfile-103550.pdf

Communications (City Council)

(June 15, 2020) Letter from Marcia Stone, Co-Chair, Weston ACORN (CC.Main.PH14.3.13)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/cc/comm/communicationfile-104733.pdf
(June 29, 2020) Letter from Marva Burnett, President, ACORN Canada (CC.New.PH14.3.14)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/cc/comm/communicationfile-107300.pdf

Motions (City Council)

1 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Josh Matlow (Lost)

That City Council amend Planning and Housing Committee recommendation 7.a. by deleting the words "plus 2 percent", so that it now reads as follows:

 

7. City Council direct the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat, in consultation with the Chief Executive Officer, Create TO, to:

 

a. negotiate with proponents for future Housing Now sites to include limitations on annual rent increases for market renters, with annual increases in rent not to exceed the Provincial Guideline amount plus 2 percent, with a goal of achieving the lowest possible annual rent increases for market renters while maintaining the economic feasibility of each project, including securing the affordable rental housing targets established for the Housing Now Initiative;

Vote (Amend Item) Jun-30-2020

Result: Lost Majority Required - PH14.3 - Matlow - motion 1
Total members that voted Yes: 7 Members that voted Yes are Joe Cressy, John Filion, Mike Layton, Josh Matlow, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Gord Perks, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 16 Members that voted No are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Brad Bradford, Shelley Carroll, Mike Colle, Gary Crawford, Michael Ford, Mark Grimes, Stephen Holyday, Cynthia Lai, Jennifer McKelvie, Denzil Minnan-Wong, James Pasternak, Anthony Perruzza, Michael Thompson, John Tory
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Paula Fletcher, Jaye Robinson

2 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor James Pasternak (Carried)

That City Council direct the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat, in consultation with the President and Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Community Housing Corporation and the Chief Executive Officer, CreateTO, to report back to the Planning and Housing Committee by the fourth quarter of 2020 on a road map and best practices approach for building purpose-built market and affordable rental on the Toronto Community Housing Corporation rented site at 45 Canyon Avenue keeping in mind that the independent school there has a multi-decade lease and will continue to operate on site should a new building be constructed.


Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Point of Privilege by Councillor Josh Matlow

Councillor Matlow, rising on a Point of Privilege, stated that Councillor Pasternak's remarks that Councillor Matlow was going down a road that would lead to less housing affordability has impugned him and he would like the Councillor to withdraw his remarks.

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata accepted the Point of Privilege and asked Councillor Pasternak to withdraw his remarks. Councillor Pasternak withdrew his remarks.


Point of Order by Councillor Gord Perks

Councillor Perks, rising on a Point of Order, stated that he would like the Speaker to rule on whether motion 2 by Councillor Pasternak is in order as it gives direction to Toronto Community Housing Corporation staff.

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata accepted the Point of Order and made the following ruling:

As worded, the motion is not proper because it gives direction to the President and Chief Executive Officer of the City's Housing Corporation.

Council does not direct the employees of its corporations.

However, if instead the motion directed City officials to investigate and report on this matter in consultation with the Toronto Community Housing Corporation, I am prepared to let the motion stand.

This would be similar to the Committee's Recommendation number 13 on the same item.

Councillor Pasternak, if you agree to reword the motion accordingly, I will put it to a vote. Otherwise I will rule it out of order on the basis it exceeds council's authority.

Councillor Pasternak subsequently agreed to reword his motion.


Point of Privilege by Councillor Ana Bail„o

Councillor Bailão, rising on a Point of Privilege, stated that Councillor Perks, in his remarks, had implied that she had said there was only two choices and she had not made those comments. 


Point of Privilege by Councillor James Pasternak

Councillor Perks, rising on a Point of Privilege, stated that he had misheard Councillor Bailão's remarks and apologized.


Point of Privilege by Councillor Josh Matlow

Councillor Matlow, rising on a Point of Privilege, stated that Mayor Tory in his remarks has impugned Councillor Matlow's position by suggesting that Councillor Matlow was making these buildings less affordable.

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata accepted the Point of Privilege and ruled that the Mayor has a right to his opinions.

PH14.3 - Housing Now Initiative - Annual Progress Report

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

Confidential Attachment - This report deals with a proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land by the City of Toronto and CreateTO.

Committee Recommendations

The Planning and Housing Committee recommends that:

 

1. City Council authorize the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat to offer the Open Door incentives valued at $15,436,241 over 99 years for up to 200 additional affordable rental housing units on the Phase One Sites (3,900 units in total), and to exempt the affordable rental housing, including any applicable ancillary and related, parking and amenity space from the payment of development charges and provide a waiver of all planning and building permit fees and parkland dedication fees.

 

2. City Council exempt the up to 200 additional affordable rental homes anticipated to be developed on the Phase One Sites, from taxation for municipal and school purposes for the term of the municipal housing facility agreement, with the property tax exemption having an estimated net present value of approximately $5,836,458 over 99 years.

 

3. City Council authorize City staff to cancel or refund any taxes paid after the effective date of the municipal housing facility agreement.

 

4. City Council direct the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat, in consultation with the Chief Executive Officer, CreateTO, to administer the market offering process for all Phase One Sites designated exclusively for non-profit participation, and to negotiate the leases, purchase agreements and other contracts with the successful non-profit development partners.

 

5. City Council request the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat and the Chief Executive Officer, CreateTO to explore options to maximize the involvement and participation of non-profit and co-operative housing organizations, including Indigenous groups and communities, in future market offerings for the Housing Now sites, and provide greater consideration to submissions from non-profits that are financially viable, meet all other program requirements under the Housing Now Initiative and provide greater levels of affordability.

 

6. City Council request the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat and the Chief Executive Officer, CreateTO, to ensure that, in addition to requiring that Housing Now sites achieve a minimum of 20 percent accessible affordable rental units and 15 percent accessible market rental units plus fully barrier-free common areas, greater consideration is provided to future proposals that provide a greater number of accessible units, and include as many universal design features as possible in both in the market and affordable rental housing components of each site.

 

7. City Council direct the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat, in consultation with the Chief Executive Officer, Create TO, to:

 

a. negotiate with proponents for future Housing Now sites to include limitations on annual rent increases for market renters, with annual increases in rent not to exceed the Provincial Guideline amount plus 2 percent, with a goal of achieving the lowest possible annual rent increases for market renters while maintaining the economic feasibility of each project, including securing the affordable rental housing targets established for the Housing Now Initiative;

 

b. include a process in the negotiated agreements with proponents, similar to the provincial Above Guideline Increase process under the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006, by which landlords of future Housing Now Initiative sites can apply to the Deputy City Manager, Corporate Services, for approval to impose additional limited rent increases in exceptional circumstances for costs incurred as a result of:

 

1. an extraordinary increase in property taxes (i.e. an increase greater than the guideline plus 50 percent of the guideline);

 

2. extraordinary or significant eligible capital expenses (including extraordinary or significant renovation, repair, replacement or new additions, the expected benefit of which extends for at least five years) with respect to the residential building/component; and

 

3. extraordinary operating costs as a result of new security service or an existing security service necessary to maintain the safety of renters.

 

c. seek approval from City Council for proposals that do not comply with the recommendations in 7(a) and 7(b) above; and

 

d. report to City Council immediately upon the conclusion of any market offering process that does not result in a viable bid.

 

8. City Council request the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat in consultation with the Chief Executive Officer, Create TO, to report to Council in the third quarter of 2021 with the second annual update on the Housing Now Initiative including outcomes of negotiations with proponents, status of all sites, and any recommended changes to ensure continued successful delivery of the program.

 

9. City Council authorize the public release of Confidential Attachment 1 to the report (June 1, 2020) from the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat following the closing of all lease and/or purchase transactions for sites approved under the Housing Now Initiative.

 

10. City Council direct the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat and the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to convene a working group with not-for-profit housing providers, co-ops, and land trusts to increase to their role in delivering Housing Now sites.

 

11. City Council direct the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat and the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to convene a working group with not-for-profit housing providers, co-ops, and land trusts to develop a strategy for land acquisition for affordable housing.

 

12. City Council request the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat, to form a working group comprised of staff from City Planning, Buildings and Create TO as well as stakeholder organizations representing the disability community and the development industry, to explore the options and feasibility to increase the percentage of accessible units and units with universal design features to be delivered through Housing Now Initiative and report back to the Planning and Housing Committee in the second quarter of 2021 with findings and recommendations; in addition to City staff, the membership of the working group should include, but not be limited to:

 

a. The Accessible Housing Network;

b. The Centre for Independent Living;

c. Toronto Senior's Forum

d. Citizens With Disabilities – Ontario

e. Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians Toronto;

f. Older Women's Network;

g. R-Path

h. BILD; and

i. RESCON

 

13. City Council request the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat and the Chief Executive Officer, CreateTO  to consult with the Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Community Housing Corporation on opportunities to incorporate the Toronto Community Housing Corporation lands at 1080 Eastern Avenue into the proposed Housing Now Phase Two redevelopment at 1631 Queen Street East, and consult with all neighbouring landowners on opportunities to partner and maximize the amount of affordable housing delivered on this site. 

 

14. City Council request the Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild to address recovery federal funds being directed to non-profits to fully fund their participation in Housing Now sites when meeting goals in Housing Plan.

 

15. City Council request the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat and the Executive Director, Corporate Real Estate Management to identify any smaller city sites that could be set aside for non-profit housing and to establish an optimal size of such a sites and report back in the fourth quarter of 2020. 

Decision Advice and Other Information

The Planning and Housing Committee:

 

1. Referred the presentation from HousingNowTO.com to the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat, the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning and the Chief Executive Officer, CreateTO for their consideration in setting site specific targets and that the appropriate staff be requested to meet with the group to review the analysis presented.

 

2. Referred the following motion by Councillor Gord Perks to the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat in consultation with the Chief Executive Officer, CreateTO for further analysis and report back to the Planning and Housing Committee meeting on September 17, 2020:

 

"Amend Recommendation 7.a by adding to the end “and rent controls will be tied to each rental unit, not tied to individual tenants”" 

 

The Executive Director, Housing Secretariat gave a presentation on Housing Now Initiative Annual Update.

Origin

(June 1, 2020) Report from the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat

Summary

Increasing the supply of affordable and market rental housing, while creating complete communities with new community facilities and increased access to transit, services and employment, is a key priority for the City of Toronto.

 

The Housing Now Initiative, approved by City Council on December 13, 2018, activated 11 City-owned sites (the "Phase One Sites") for the development of affordable housing within mixed-income, mixed-use and transit-oriented communities. In January 2019, Council approved the implementation strategy for the Housing Now Initiative which established the organizational structure, investments and financial impacts, authorities and estimated unit yields for the Phase One Sites.

 

Phase One of the Housing Now Initiative was initially estimated to create approximately 10,000 new residential units with approximately 3,700 affordable rental units. Based on work done to-date to advance the first four priority sites, Phase One is now estimated to create approximately 10,750 residential units, with 7,800 being purpose-built rental housing, including almost 3,900 affordable rental units. The Housing Now Initiative is also delivering the essential community infrastructure that will support future residents and communities across Toronto. The Phase One Sites will introduce new child care facilities, new or expanded public parks, community space, employment opportunities, improved public realm and new public streets will also be developed at these sites.

 

Recognizing the urgent need to increase affordable rental housing options for residents, which has become more acute due to the COVID-19 pandemic, on May 28, 2020, City Council approved an additional six sites (the "Phase Two Sites"). Phase Two is estimated to add an additional 1,455 to 1,710 new residential units, including approximately 1,060 to 1,240 purpose-built rental units with approximately 530 to 620 being affordable rental units.

 

This report provides Council with the first annual update on the Housing Now Initiative including the current status of the Phase One Sites. It highlights the early successes, lessons learned and provides the development status of the Phase One Sites. The report also recommends that Council authorize an estimated $15,436,241 in Open Door incentives to support the creation of up to 200 additional affordable rental units to be delivered through Phase One of the Housing Now Initiative.

 

In addition, this report recommends enhancements to the Housing Now Initiative that will improve the lives of future residents of the sites. Some of these enhancements include limiting annual rent increases on market rental homes, maximizing the involvement of non-profit organizations to increase affordability, and through the market offering process, increasing the number of accessible homes plus incorporating universal design features to create housing that is suitable for everyone.

Background Information

(June 1, 2020) Report from the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat on Housing Now Initiative - Annual Progress Report
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-147690.pdf
Confidential Attachment 1 - Estimated Cost of Rent Control Options
Attachment 1 - Housing Now Project Tracker
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-147691.pdf
Attachment 2 - Phase One Sites Status Update
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-147692.pdf
Attachment 3 - Considerations for Rent Increases on Market Rental Units
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-147788.pdf
Presentation from the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat on Housing Now Initiative Annual Update
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-148009.pdf

Communications

(June 11, 2020) Letter from Minette Samaroo, President, Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians, Toronto Chapter (PH.New.PH14.3.1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/comm/communicationfile-103510.pdf
(June 11, 2020) Submission from Tracy O'Dell, President, Citizens With Disabilities - Ontario (CWDO) (PH.New.PH14.3.2)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/comm/communicationfile-103511.pdf
(June 11, 2020) Letter from Tim Neeb, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mahony Management (PH.New.PH14.3.3)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/comm/communicationfile-103512.pdf
(June 12, 2020) Submission from Kate Chung, Chair Housing Committee of the Older Women's Network and Co-Chair of the Accessible Housing Network (PH.New.PH14.3.4)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/comm/communicationfile-103491.pdf
(June 12, 2020) Letter from Farah Mohamed, Toronto Region Board of Trade and Mwarigha, Woodgreen (PH.New.PH14.3.5)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/comm/communicationfile-103513.pdf
(June 12, 2020) Submission from Emily Paradis, Right to Housing Toronto (R2HTO) (PH.New.PH14.3.6)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/comm/communicationfile-103528.pdf
(June 15, 2020) Letter from Keira Heineck, Executive Lead, Toronto Alliance to End Homelessness (PH.New.PH14.3.7)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/comm/communicationfile-103529.pdf
(June 14, 2020) Submission from Dana Granofsky, Principal, BGM Strategy Group (PH.New.PH14.3.8)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/comm/communicationfile-103530.pdf
(June 14, 2020) Submission from Gautam Mukherjee, Executive Director, Mainstay Housing (PH.New.PH14.3.9)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/comm/communicationfile-103531.pdf
(June 15, 2020) Submission from Mark Richardson, Technical Lead, HousingNow TO.com (PH.New.PH14.3.10)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/comm/communicationfile-103548.pdf
(June 15, 2020) Letter from Councillor Josh Matlow, Toronto - St. Paul's (PH.New.PH14.3.11)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/comm/communicationfile-103549.pdf
(June 15, 2020) Letter from Rosemary Powell, Executive Director, Toronto Community Benefits Network (PH.New.PH14.3.12)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/comm/communicationfile-103550.pdf

Speakers

Kira Heineck, Toronto Alliance to End Homelessness
Gautam Mukherjee, Mainstay Housing
Dana Rose Granofsky, Toronto Supportive Housing Growth Plan
Tracy O'Dell, Citizens With Disabilities - Ontario (CWDO)
Sean Meagher, ConveneToronto
Victor Willis, Parkdale Activity Recreation Centre
M.S. Mwarigha, WoodGreen Community Housing (WoodGreen Community Services)
Mark Richardson, HousingNowTO.com
Alejandra Ruiz Vargas, Toronto ACORN
Ria Rinne, Toronto ACORN
Helen Chilas

Motions

1a - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Gord Perks (Carried)

That:

 

1. City Council direct the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat and the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to convene a working group with not-for-profit housing providers, co-ops, and land trusts to increase to their role in delivering Housing Now sites.

 

2.  City Council direct the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat and the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to convene a working group with not-for-profit housing providers, co-ops, and land trusts to develop a strategy for land acquisition for affordable housing.


1b - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Gord Perks (Referred)

That:

 

1.  Amend Recommendation 7.a by adding to the end “and rent controls will be tied to each rental unit, not tied to individual tenants”.


2 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Brad Bradford (Carried)

That:

 

1. City Council request the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat and the Chief Executive Officer, CreateTO  to consult with the Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Community Housing Corporation on opportunities to incorporate the Toronto Community Housing Corporation lands at 1080 Eastern Avenue into the proposed Housing Now Phase Two redevelopment at 1631 Queen Street East, and consult with all neighbouring landowners on opportunities to partner and maximize the amount of affordable housing delivered on this site.


3a - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Carried)

That:

 

1. City Council request the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat, to form a working group comprised of staff from City Planning, Buildings and Create TO as well as stakeholder organizations representing the disability community and the development industry, to explore the options and feasibility to increase the percentage of accessible units and units with universal design features to be delivered through Housing Now Initiative and report back to the Planning and Housing Committee in the second quarter of 2021 with findings and recommendations; in addition to City staff, the membership of the working group should include, but not be limited to:

 

a. The Accessible Housing Network;

b. The Centre for Independent Living;

c. Toronto Senior's Forum

d. Citizens With Disabilities – Ontario

e. Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians Toronto;

f. Older Women's Network;

g. R-Path

h. BILD; and

i. RESCON


3b - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Lost)

1. Amend Recommendation 7.a by deleting the words "plus 2 percent", so that it now reads:

 

"a. negotiate with proponents for future Housing Now sites to include limitations on annual rent increases for market renters, with annual increases in rent not to exceed the Provincial Guideline amount, with a goal of achieving the lowest possible annual rent increases for market renters while maintaining the economic feasibility of each project, including securing the affordable rental housing targets established for the Housing Now Initiative;"

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Jun-15-2020

Result: Lost Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 2 Members that voted Yes are Gord Perks, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 4 Members that voted No are Ana Bail„o (Chair), Brad Bradford, Paula Fletcher, Jennifer McKelvie
Total members that were Absent: 0 Members that were absent are

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

That:

 

1. City Council request the Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild to address recovery federal funds being directed to non-profits to fully fund their participation in Housing Now sites when meeting goals in Housing Plan.

 

2. City Council request the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat and the Executive Director, Corporate Real Estate Management to identify any smaller city sites that could be set aside for non-profit housing and to establish an optimal size of such a sites and report back in the fourth quarter of 2020.


5 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Ana Bail„o (Carried)

That the Planning and Housing Committee refer the presentation from HousingNowTO.com to the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat, the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning and the Chief Executive Officer, CreateTO for their consideration in setting site specific targets and that the appropriate staff be requested to meet with the group to review the analysis presented.


6 - Motion to Refer Motion moved by Councillor Ana Bail„o (Carried)

That Motion 1b from Councillor Gord Perks be referred to the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat in consultation with the Chief Executive Officer, CreateTO for further analysis and report back to the Planning and Housing Committee meeting on the September 17, 2020.


7 - Motion to Adopt Item as Amended moved by Councillor Ana Bail„o (Carried)
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council