Item - 2022.PH34.8

Tracking Status

PH34.8 - Open Door Program 2021 Call for Applications Results: Supporting 919 Affordable Rental and Supportive Homes

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on June 15 and 16, 2022, adopted the following:  

 

1. City Council authorize the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat, to provide capital funding from the Development Charges Reserve Fund for Subsidized Housing (XR2116) in the amounts and for the developments described in Chart A below from the Financial Impact section of the report (April 8, 2022) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning and the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat, and in an amount not to exceed $10,049,900 to facilitate the creation of up to 919 affordable rental homes through the Open Door Affordable Rental Housing Program, with Chart A amended by changing the address of the Jean Tweed Treatment Centre so that it now reads 455 Palmerston Boulevard.

 

2. City Council authorize the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat, to provide capital funding from the Development Charges Reserve Fund for Subsidized Housing (XR2116), in the amounts and for the developments described in Chart C below from the Financial Impact section of the report (April 8, 2022) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning and the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat and in an amount not to exceed $300,000 for the purpose of conducting pre-development activities including addressing issues identified by City staff to facilitate the creation of affordable rental homes through a future Open Door Affordable Rental Housing Program application.

 

3. City Council authorize the affordable rental homes located within the developments described in rows 4 to 17 of Chart A and all of Chart D below from the Financial Impact section of the report (April 8, 2022) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning and the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat to be eligible for waivers of fees for planning application, building permit, parkland dedication and development charges exemptions, unless already paid.

 

4. City Council authorize an exemption from taxation for municipal and school purposes under the terms of the Open Door Affordable Rental Housing Program for the affordable rental homes located within the developments and for the periods of time described in rows 3 to 17 of Chart B and all of Chart E below from the Financial Impact section of the report (April 8, 2022) from the Chief Planner and the Executive Director, City Planning and the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat.

 

5. City Council authorize the Controller to cancel or refund any taxes paid after the effective date of the exemption from taxation for municipal and school purposes as set out in the applicable municipal housing facility agreement (the City's Contribution Agreement).

 

6. City Council authorize the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat, to negotiate and execute, on behalf of the City, a municipal housing facility agreement (the City's "Contribution Agreement"), or amendments to existing Contribution Agreements, where applicable, with the appropriate legal entities for the developments listed in Chart A and D  below from the Financial Impact section of the report (April 8, 2022) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning and the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat, or related entities, to secure the financial assistance and to set out the terms of the development and operation of the new affordable rental housing, on terms and conditions satisfactory to the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat, in consultation with the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, in a form approved by the City Solicitor.

 

7. City Council authorize the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat, to negotiate and enter into, on behalf of the City, a pre-development agreement with the appropriate legal entities for the developments listed in Chart C below from the Financial Impact section of the report (April 8, 2022) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning and the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat, or related entities, to secure the financial assistance, on terms and conditions satisfactory to the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat, in consultation with the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, in a form approved by the City Solicitor.

 

8. City Council authorize the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat, on behalf of the City, to execute any security or financing documents, or any other documents required to facilitate the funding process, including any documents required by the developers of the developments described in Chart A and D below from the Financial Impact section of the report (April 8, 2022) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning and the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat, or their related corporations, to complete pre-development activities, construction and secure conventional financing, where required, including any postponement, confirmation of status, discharge or consent documents where and when required during the term of the municipal housing facility agreement, as required by normal business practices, and provided that such documents do not give rise to financial obligations on the part of the City that have not been previously approved by City Council.

 

9. City Council authorize the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat, to make any necessary future budget adjustments to accommodate the funds approved in the report (April 8, 2022) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning and the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat from the Development Charges Reserve Fund for Subsidized Housing (XR2116).

 

10. City Council authorize the transfer of $3,600,000 from the under listed Section 37 (Planning Act Reserve Fund) community benefits collected accounts to the Capital Revolving Reserve Fund for Affordable Housing (XR1058), for the purpose of creating new affordable rental housing at 938-950 King Street West:

 

a. 220 and 234 Simcoe Street and 121 St. Patrick Street, secured for the provision of new affordable housing in Ward 10, in the amount of $317,278.99 (XR3026-3701129);

 

b. 23 Spadina Avenue, secured for the provision of new affordable housing in Ward 10, in the amount of $796,105.25 (XR3026- 3701140);

 

c. 99 Blue Jays Way secured for the provision of new affordable housing units and community services and facilities in Ward 10, in the amount of $678,947.37 (XR3028-4500234);

 

d. 102 -118 Peter Street and 350-354 Adelaide Street West, secured for Toronto Community Housing Corporation repairs but given the funds have not been used for the intended purpose within three (3) years of the by-law coming into full force and effect, the by-law permits the cash contribution to be redirected for the provision of new affordable housing, in the amount of $353,346.49 (XR3026-3701121);

 

e. 156-174 Front Street West and 43-51 Simcoe Street, secured for Toronto Community Housing Corporation facilities but given the funds have not been used for the intended purpose within three (3) years of the by-law coming into full force and effect, the by-law permits the cash contribution to be redirected for the provision of new affordable housing, in the amount of $477,656.23 (XR3026-3701063);

 

f. 40-58 Widmer Street, secured for capital repairs to Toronto Community Housing Corporation facilities but given the funds have not been used for the intended purpose within three (3) years of the by-law coming into full force and effect, the by-law permits the cash contribution to be redirected for the provision of new affordable housing, in the amount of $175,190.16 (XR3026- 3701106); and

 

g. 165 East Liberty Street, secured for community service and/or facilities, in the amount of $801,475,517 (XR3026-3701057).

 

11. City Council recognize the Open Door application for the Learning Enrichment Foundation’s mixed use, mixed income affordable rental housing development at 1240, 1246 and 1250 Weston Road as supporting the affordable housing objectives of the Picture Mount Dennis Planning Framework Study and the City's broader social and economic priorities.
 

12. City Council request the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning and the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat to prioritize the review of the Learning Enrichment Foundation  development application, when received, and subject to Learning Enrichment Foundation submitting a complete planning application that also meets the City's Open Door program requirements, co-ordinate reporting to the same meeting of City Council for both the development application and the Open Door incentives.
 

13. City Council authorize the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat to support any applications made by Learning Enrichment Foundation for federal and provincial funding and financing, recognizing that the forthcoming Learning Enrichment Foundation development application would contribute to new affordable housing and non-residential space with public benefits to the Mount Dennis community.

 

14. City Council request the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning and the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat and other appropriate staff to have all Open Door projects listed on the City of Toronto Open Data Portal, with regular updates as projects are approved.

 

Charts A, as amended, B, C, D and E in the Financial Impact Section of the report (April 8, 2022) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning and the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat.

  

Chart A: Summary of Financial Details for Recommended Developments 

 

Organization/ Company Name

Project Address

Ward

Affordable Homes

Capital Funding Proposed

Estimated Fees and Charges Exemptions

Estimated Net Present Value of Property Tax Exemption

1

Thunder Woman Healing Lodge Society

(incentives approved 2019)

2217 Kingston Road

20

24

$2,000,000

-

-

2

The Scott Mission

(incentives approved 2021)

502-508 Spadina Avenue

11

109

$3,270,000

-

-

3

950 King Street West Holdings Inc.

(partial incentives approved 2021)

938-950 King Street West and 95-99 Strachan Avenue

10

13

$3,600,000

Section 37 Funds

$151,868

$488,133

4

Operation Springboard

976 College Street

9

10

$350,000

$483,066

$188,956

5

Gabriel Dumont Non-Profit Homes (Metro Toronto) Inc.

4201 and 4203 Kingston Road

24

19

$950,000

$1,036,933

$455,500

6

Jean Tweed Treatment Centre

455 Palmerston Boulevard

11

8

$480,000

$402,949

$151,165

7

Houselink and Mainstay Community Housing

140 the Queensway

3

34

$1,700,000

$2,219,379

$1,034,996

8

Brenyon Way Charitable Foundation

25 Sewells Road Phase 2

25

117

$1,299,900

$6,071,153

$3,919,043

9

The Yonge Street Mission

306-310 Gerrard Street East

13

96

-

$5,216,513

$2,382,635

10

St. Christopher House (operating as West Neighbourhood House)

248 Ossington Avenue

9

76

-

$4,107,391

$2,548,648

11

Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre

1229 Queen Street West

4

56

-

$2,521,481

$1,682,952

12

Good Shepherd Refuge Social Ministries

1731 Lawrence Avenue East

21

76

-

$3,734,504

$2,258,890

13

WoodGreen Community Housing Inc.

835-841 Queen Street East

14

96

-

$6,158,670

$2,842,531

14

YMCA of Greater Toronto

7 Vanauley Street

10

31

-

$1,393,559

$799,446

15

TAS 299CA Corp. and 6965083 Canada Inc.

299 Campbell Avenue

9

10

-

$573,591

$232,084

16

OMERS Realty Holdings (STC Two) Inc. and ARI STC GP Inc./ARI STC Investments LP

25 Borough Drive

21

64

-

$3,366,986

$1,559,527

17

30 Gilder GP Inc.

30 Gilder Drive

21

58

-

$3,258,883

$1,436,374

Total

919

$10,049,900 DCRF + $3,600,000 Section 37

$42,268,336

$22,710,960

Total City Investments

 

$13,649,900

in capital funding

$64,979,295

in Open Door Incentives

 

Chart B: Annual and Net Present Value of Property Taxes for Recommended Projects 

 

Organization/ Company Name

Affordability Period (years)

Property Tax

City

Education

City Building

Total

 1

Thunder Woman Healing Lodge Society

99

Previously approved by Council through the

2019 Open Door Call for Applications

 2

The Scott Mission

50

Previously approved by Council through the

2020 Open Door Call for Applications

 3

950 King Street West Holdings Inc.*

50

Annual

$23,594

$7,646

$343

$31,584

NPV

$364,633

$118,184

$5,316

$488,133

 4

Operation Springboard

40

Annual

$6,106

$1,979

$89

$8,174

NPV

$141,150

$45,749

$2,058

$188,956

 5

Gabriel Dumont Non-Profit Homes (Metro Toronto) Inc.

40

Annual

$14,720

$4,771

$215

$19,706

NPV

$340,257

$110,283

$4,960

$455,500

 6

Jean Tweed Treatment Centre

40

Annual

$4,885

$1,583

$71

$6,540

NPV

$112,920

$36,599

$1,646

$151,165

 7

Houselink and Mainstay Community Housing

99

Annual

$24,508

$7,943

$357

$32,808

NPV

$773,138

$250,587

$11,270

$1,034,996

 8

Brenyon Way Charitable Foundation

99

Annual

$92,799

$30,078

$1,353

$124,229

NPV

$2,927,513

$948,856

$42,674

$3,919,043

The Yonge Street Mission

40

Annual

$76,999

$24,957

$1,122

$103,078

NPV

$1,779,821

$576,870

$25,944

$2,382,635

 10

The St. Christopher House (operating as West Neighbourhood House)

99

Annual

$60,349

$19,560

$880

$80,789

NPV

$1,903,832

$617,064

$27,752

$2,548,648

 11

Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre

99

Annual

$39,851

$12,916

$581

$53,348

NPV

$1,257,160

$407,467

$18,325

$1,682,952

 12

Good Shepherd Refuge Social Ministries

99

Annual

$53,488

$17,336

$780

$71,604

NPV

$1,687,384

$546,909

$24,597

$2,258,890

 13

WoodGreen Community Housing Inc.

 

50

Annual

$82,526

$26,748

$1,203

$110,476

NPV

$2,123,362

$688,217

$30,952

$2,842,531

 14

YMCA of Greater Toronto

99

Annual

$18,930

$6,136

$276

$25,342

NPV

$597,184

$193,557

$8,705

$799,446

15 

TAS 299CA Corp. and 6965083 Canada Inc.

40

Annual

$7,500

$2,431

$109

$10,041

NPV

$173,366

$56,191

$2,527

$232,084

 16

OMERS Realty Holdings (STC Two) Inc., ARI STC GP Inc./ARI STC Investments LP

40

Annual

$50,399

$16,335

$735

$67,469

NPV

$1,164,962

$377,584

$16,980

$1,559,526

 17

30 Gilder GP Inc.

40

Annual

$46,419

$15,045

$677

$62,141

NPV

$1,072,967

$347,767

$15,640

$1,436,374

Totals

Annual

$626,667

$203,112

$9,135

$838,914

NPV

$16,965,016

$5,498,647

$247,297

$22,710,960

 

Chart C: Projects Recommended for Pre-Development Funding  

Organization Name

Project Address

Proposed Affordable Homes

Pre-development Funding

The Yonge Street Mission

306-310 Gerrard Street East

96

$50,000

Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre

1229 Queen Street West

56

$50,000

The St. Christopher House (operating as West Neighbourhood House)

248 Ossington Avenue

76

$50,000

Good Shepherd Refuge Social Ministries

1731 Lawrence Avenue East

76

$50,000

The Learning Enrichment Foundation

1240, 1246, 1250 Weston Road

132

$50,000

East Scarborough Boys and Girls Club

62 Orchard Park Drive

47

$50,000

Total

483

$300,000

 

 

Chart D: Summary of Financial Details for 155-165 Elm Ridge Road

Organization/ Company Name

Project Address

Ward

Affordable Homes

Capital Funding Recom-mended

Estimated Fees and Charges Exemptions

Estimated Net Present Value of Property Tax Exemption

Reena

155-165 Elm Ridge Road

8

25

-

$1,686,086

$990,302

 

Chart E: Annual and Net Present Value for 155-165 Elm Ridge Road

Organization/ Company Name

Agreement Term (yrs)

Property Tax

City

Education

City Building

Total

Reena

40

Annual

$23,449

$7,600

$342

$32,391

NPV

$739,753

$239,766

$10,783

$990,302

Background Information (Committee)

(May 16, 2022) Report and Appendix 1 from the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat on Open Door Program 2021 Call for Applications Results: Supporting 919 Affordable Rental and Supportive Homes
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-226053.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(May 25, 2022) Letter from David Lynch, Executive Director, Good Shepherd Ministries (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/comm/communicationfile-150280.pdf
(May 31, 2022) Letter from Colleen Bailey, Volunteer, More Neighbours Toronto (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/comm/communicationfile-150414.pdf

Communications (City Council)

(May 31, 2022) Letter from Peter Frampton, Executive Director, The Learning Enrichment Foundation (CC.Main)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/cc/comm/communicationfile-150755.pdf

Motions (City Council)

1 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Mike Layton (Carried)

That City Council amend the address of the Jean Tweed Treatment Centre in Chart A in the Financial Impact Section of the report (May 16, 2022) from the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat so that it now reads as follows: 

 

"450 455 Palmerston Boulevard".


2 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Paul Ainslie (Carried)

That:

 

1. City Council request the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning and the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat and other appropriate staff to have all Open Door projects listed on the City of Toronto Open Data Portal, with regular updates as projects are approved.


Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Jun-15-2022 11:06 AM

Result: Carried Majority Required - PH34.8 - Adopt the Item as amended
Total members that voted Yes: 23 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Brad Bradford, Robin Buxton Potts, Shelley Carroll, Mike Colle, Gary Crawford, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mark Grimes, Stephen Holyday, Cynthia Lai, Mike Layton, Nick Mantas, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, John Tory
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Ana Bail„o, Michael Thompson

PH34.8 - Open Door Program 2021 Call for Applications Results: Supporting 919 Affordable Rental and Supportive Homes

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Planning and Housing Committee recommends that:  

 

1. City Council authorize the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat, to provide capital funding from the Development Charges Reserve Fund for Subsidized Housing (XR2116) in the amounts and for the developments described in Chart A in the Financial Impact section of the report (April 8, 2022) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning and Executive Director, Housing Secretariat and in an amount not to exceed $10,049,900 to facilitate the creation of up to 919 affordable rental homes through the Open Door Affordable Rental Housing Program.

 

2. City Council authorize the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat, to provide capital funding from the Development Charges Reserve Fund for Subsidized Housing (XR2116), in the amounts and for the developments described in Chart C in the Financial Impact section of the report (April 8, 2022) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning and Executive Director, Housing Secretariat and in an amount not to exceed $300,000 for the purpose of conducting pre-development activities including addressing issues identified by City staff to facilitate the creation of affordable rental homes through a future Open Door Affordable Rental Housing Program application.

 

3. City Council authorize the affordable rental homes located within the developments described in rows 4 to 17 of Chart A and all of Chart D in the Financial Impact section of this Report to be eligible for waivers of fees for planning application, building permit, parkland dedication and development charges exemptions, unless already paid.

 

4. City Council authorize an exemption from taxation for municipal and school purposes under the terms of the Open Door Affordable Rental Housing Program for the affordable rental homes located within the developments and for the periods of time described in rows 3 to 17 of Chart B and all of Chart E in the Financial Impact section of the report (April 8, 2022) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning and Executive Director, Housing Secretariat.

 

5. City Council authorize the Controller to cancel or refund any taxes paid after the effective date of the exemption from taxation for municipal and school purposes as set out in the applicable municipal housing facility agreement (the City's Contribution Agreement).

 

6. City Council authorize the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat, to negotiate and execute, on behalf of the City, a municipal housing facility agreement (the City's "Contribution Agreement"), or amendments to existing Contribution Agreements, where applicable, with the appropriate legal entities for the developments listed in Chart A and D in the Financial Impact section of this Report, or related entities, to secure the financial assistance and to set out the terms of the development and operation of the new affordable rental housing, on terms and conditions satisfactory to the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat, in consultation with the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, in a form approved by the City Solicitor.

 

7. City Council authorize the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat, to negotiate and enter into, on behalf of the City, a pre-development agreement with the appropriate legal entities for the developments listed in Chart C in the Financial Impact section of the report (April 8, 2022) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning and Executive Director, Housing Secretariat from the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat, or related entities, to secure the financial assistance, on terms and conditions satisfactory to the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat, in consultation with the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, in a form approved by the City Solicitor.

 

8. City Council authorize the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat, on behalf of the City, to execute any security or financing documents, or any other documents required to facilitate the funding process, including any documents required by the developers of the developments described in Chart A and D in the Financial Impact section of the report (April 8, 2022) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning and Executive Director, Housing Secretariat, or their related corporations, to complete pre-development activities, construction and secure conventional financing, where required, including any postponement, confirmation of status, discharge or consent documents where and when required during the term of the municipal housing facility agreement, as required by normal business practices, and provided that such documents do not give rise to financial obligations on the part of the City that have not been previously approved by Council.

 

9.  City Council authorize the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat, to make any necessary future budget adjustments to accommodate the funds approved in the report (April 8, 2022) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning and Executive Director, Housing Secretariat from the Development Charges Reserve Fund for Subsidized Housing (XR2116).

 

10. City Council authorize the transfer of $3,600,000 from the under listed Section 37 (Planning Act Reserve Fund) community benefits collected accounts to the Capital Revolving Reserve Fund for Affordable Housing (XR1058), for the purpose of creating new affordable rental housing at 938-950 King Street West:

 

a. 220 and 234 Simcoe Street and 121 St. Patrick Street, secured for the provision of new affordable housing in Ward 10, in the amount of $317,278.99 (XR3026-3701129);

 

b. 23 Spadina Avenue, secured for the provision of new affordable housing in Ward 10, in the amount of $796,105.25 (XR3026- 3701140);

 

c. 99 Blue Jays Way secured for the provision of new affordable housing units and community services and facilities in Ward 10, in the amount of $678,947.37 (XR3028-4500234);

 

d. 102 -118 Peter Street and 350-354 Adelaide Street West, secured for Toronto Community Housing Corporation repairs but given the funds have not been used for the intended purpose within three (3) years of the by-law coming into full force and effect, the by-law permits the cash contribution to be redirected for the provision of new affordable housing, in the amount of $353,346.49 (XR3026-3701121);

 

e. 156-174 Front Street West and 43-51 Simcoe Street, secured for Toronto Community Housing Corporation facilities but given the funds have not been used for the intended purpose within three (3) years of the by-law coming into full force and effect, the by-law permits the cash contribution to be redirected for the provision of new affordable housing, in the amount of $477,656.23 (XR3026-3701063);

 

f. 40-58 Widmer Street, secured for capital repairs to Toronto Community Housing Corporation facilities but given the funds have not been used for the intended purpose within three (3) years of the by-law coming into full force and effect, the by-law permits the cash contribution to be redirected for the provision of new affordable housing, in the amount of $175,190.16 (XR3026- 3701106); and

 

g. 165 East Liberty Street, secured for community service and/or facilities, in the amount of $801,475,517 (XR3026-3701057).

 

11. City Council recognize the Open Door application for the Learning Enrichment Foundation’s mixed use, mixed income affordable rental housing development at 1240, 1246 and 1250 Weston Road as supporting the affordable housing objectives of the Picture Mount Dennis Planning Framework Study and the City's broader social and economic priorities.
 

12.  City Council request the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning and the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat to prioritize the review of the Learning Enrichment Foundation  development application, when received, and subject to Learning Enrichment Foundation submitting a complete planning application that also meets the City's Open Door program requirements, co-ordinate reporting to the same meeting of City Council for both the development application and the Open Door incentives.
 

13.  City Council authorize the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat to support any applications made by Learning Enrichment Foundation for federal and provincial funding and financing, recognizing that the forthcoming Learning Enrichment Foundation development application would contribute to new affordable housing and non-residential space with public benefits to the Mount Dennis community.

Origin

(May 16, 2022) Report from the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat

Summary

The Open Door Affordable Rental Housing ("Open Door") program is a key program under the HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan ("HousingTO Plan") and offers capital grants and financial incentives to encourage non-profit and private sector housing developers to create new affordable rental housing for low-and-moderate-income households. These new homes are critical to help the City meet its target of approving 40,000 affordable rental homes (including 18,000 supportive homes), by 2030.

 

On November 24, 2021, the Housing Secretariat launched the annual Open Door Affordable Rental Housing Call for Applications process. The Call for Applications closed on February 3, 2022. To support the City of Toronto's commitments to Indigenous Peoples, 20% of the funding allocated under the 2021 Call was dedicated to projects led by Indigenous housing organizations for Indigenous residents.

 

This report outlines the results of the 2021 Open Door Call for Applications and recommends City Council approval of 17 projects, representing a total of 919 affordable rental homes, for capital funding and/or Open Door financial incentives. Thirteen of the recommended affordable rental housing projects will be developed by non-profit housing providers, and of these, two will be Indigenous-led, and three will create new supportive housing.

 

The report recommends that the City invests a total of $10,049,900 in capital funding, and $64,979,296 in Open Door incentives in the form of waived development charges, building permits, parkland levies, and property taxes to support the 17 projects. Approximately 29% of the capital funding proposed will be dedicated to supporting the two Indigenous projects, exceeding the City's commitment to Indigenous Peoples.

 

In addition, six non-profit applications, representing a total of 483 homes, are recommended for pre-development funding of $50,000 each, to advance these projects that are in the early stages of development and create a pipeline of future affordable homes. All homes to be created through this program will remain affordable for a minimum of 40 years, and in many cases, in perpetuity.

 

Further, this report recommends City incentives for 25 additional affordable rental homes to be created at 155-65 Elm Ridge Drive by Reena, a non-profit organization that provides housing with a range of supports for people with disabilities. The project was initially approved for incentives in 2021 through Item PH21.4 to support 81 affordable rental homes, and with the additional 25 homes, a total of 106 affordable rental homes will be created. Additionally, the report recommends that $3,600,000 in Ward 10 Section 37 funds be committed to the affordable housing component of the redevelopment of the Palace Arms Hotel at 938-950 King Street West, as previously directed by Council through Item TE23.12, and the approval of an additional 10 years for the property tax exemption (for a total 50 year affordability period).

 

City Council's approval of the recommendations in this report will support the creation of a range of new affordable rental homes, for a range of people and incomes, all across the city. These much-needed homes will help address the needs of current and future residents, plus create more mixed-income, inclusive and livable communities where people have the opportunity to thrive.

Background Information

(May 16, 2022) Report and Appendix 1 from the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat on Open Door Program 2021 Call for Applications Results: Supporting 919 Affordable Rental and Supportive Homes
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-226053.pdf

Communications

(May 25, 2022) Letter from David Lynch, Executive Director, Good Shepherd Ministries (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/comm/communicationfile-150280.pdf
(May 31, 2022) Letter from Colleen Bailey, Volunteer, More Neighbours Toronto (PH.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ph/comm/communicationfile-150414.pdf

Motions

1 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Frances Nunziata (Carried)

That:

 

1. City Council recognize the Open Door application for the Learning Enrichment Foundation’s (LEF) mixed use, mixed income affordable rental housing development at 1240, 1246 and 1250 Weston Road as supporting the affordable housing objectives of the Picture Mount Dennis Planning Framework Study and the City's broader social and economic priorities.
 

2.  City Council request the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning and the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat to prioritize the review of the Learning Enrichment Foundation (LEF) development application, when received, and subject to LEF submitting a complete planning application that also meets the City's Open Door program requirements, co-ordinate reporting to the same meeting of City Council for both the development application and the Open Door incentives.
 

3.  City Council authorize the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat to support any applications made by Learning Enrichment Foundation (LEF) for federal and provincial funding and financing, recognizing that the forthcoming LEF development application would contribute to new affordable housing and non-residential space with public benefits to the Mount Dennis community.


2 - Motion to Adopt Item as Amended moved by Councillor Frances Nunziata (Carried)
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