Item - 2022.EX31.11

Tracking Status

  • This item was considered by Executive Committee on March 30, 2022. The Executive Committee has referred this item to an official or other body without making a decision. Consult the text of the decision for further information on the referral.

EX31.11 - City of Toronto Review of Provincial Housing Affordability Task Force Recommendations

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Referred
Wards:
All

Committee Decision

The Executive Committee:

 

1. Referred Item EX31.11 to the City Manager and requested the City Manager, in consultation with the Chief Planner, the Executive Director Housing Secretariat, and the City Solicitor as appropriate to report to the Planning and Housing Committee on the new "More Homes for Everyone Plan" legislation.

Origin

(March 16, 2022) Report from the City Manager

Summary

In December 2021, the Provincial government appointed a Housing Affordability Task Force (HATF) with a mandate to explore measures to address housing affordability and submit recommendations to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. On February 8, 2022, the Ontario Government published the Report of the Housing Affordability Task Force which included 55 recommendations for additional measures to increase the supply of market housing to address the housing crisis. Full text of the report is available at this link: https://files.ontario.ca/mmah-housing-affordability-task-force-report-en-2022-02-07-v2.pdf.

 

Media have reported that the Province intends to act on some of the recommendations prior to the provincial election on June 2, 2022, with new legislation to be introduced during the Spring 2022 legislative sitting1.

 

The purpose of this report is to:

 

- provide City Council with an overview of the Housing Affordability Task Force's report, including potential implications of the report's recommendations to the City of Toronto should the Ontario Government act on them;

 

- highlight areas of City support and areas of concern that warrant reconsideration by the Ontario Government;

 

- provide an overview of actions the City is already taking that align with the direction of the Housing Affordability Task Force Report;

 

- request that City Council share City staff analysis as outlined in this report with key ministries of the provincial and federal governments; and

 

- seek City Council authorization to make submissions to the Ontario Government, if required, regarding any future legislative or regulatory provincial initiatives that may arise in connection with implementation of the Task Force's recommendations. 

 

The City of Toronto has demonstrated a strong commitment to the creation and development of affordable housing. Staff are concerned that many of the Task Force's recommendations may not deliver affordable housing but may result in diminished liveability for current and future Toronto residents.

[1] Doug Ford"s housing task force calls for more density, less public consultation:

(CBC News, February 8, 2022)

Background Information

(March 16, 2022) Report and Appendix A from the City Manager on City of Toronto Review of Provincial Housing Affordability Task Force Recommendations
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-222958.pdf

Communications

(March 28, 2022) Letter from Jacob Dawang, Daniel Frank, Eric Lombardi, and Bilal Akhtar, More Neighbours Toronto (EX.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ex/comm/communicationfile-146849.pdf
(March 29, 2022) Letter from Federation of North Toronto Residents' Associations (FoNTRA) (EX.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ex/comm/communicationfile-147393.pdf

Speakers

Rocky Petkov
Bilal Akhtar
Jacob Dawang, More Neighbours Toronto
John Bossons

Motions

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

That the Executive Committee refer the Item to the City Manager and request the City Manager, in consultation with the Chief Planner, the Executive Director Housing Secretariat, and the City Solicitor as appropriate to report to the Planning and Housing Committee on the new "More Homes for Everyone Plan" legislation.

Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council