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Tenant Advisory Committee on the Preservation of Affordable Rental Housing

In December 2019, City Council approved the HousingTO 2020-2030 Action PlanOpens in new window, the City's blueprint to address issues across the housing spectrum including housing affordability, poor living conditions, displacements due to illegitimate evictions and lack of affordable housing choices. The City established a Protection of Affordable Rental Housing Advisory Group at the same time to support the delivery of this plan. The new Tenant Advisory Committee has an expanded mandate to continue the important work of the former Advisory Group.

Apply to join the Tenant Advisory Committee to shape the City's actions to protect existing affordable rental housing and advance the HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan. Share your experience to help ensure that the City gets renter policies and programs right.

The Tenant Advisory Committee will have ten members and be made of people with lived experience, tenant advocates, tenant associations, right to housing representatives and legal clinics. To start half of the members will be from the former Protection of Affordable Rental Housing Advisory Group.

The TAC is supported by a team of City staff and led by the City of Toronto's Housing Secretariat.

Mandate

The members of the Tenant Advisory Committee will:

  • Develop joint work plans with City staff to protect existing affordable rental housing in the private market.
  • Provide advice on policy and programs related to existing rental housing and tenancies.

Committee Composition

The Committee will be comprised of 10 individuals from across the City and representing the following groups:

  • Tenants/people with lived experience (a minimum of 3 people)
  • Tenant advocacy groups/tenant associations
  • Right to Housing advocates
  • Legal clinics

In the beginning, 5 of the 10 committee members will be former members of the recently dissolved Protection of Affordable Rental Housing Advisory Group.

Term of Office

Committee members will serve two year terms beginning February 2021, except for the 5 former members of the Protection of Affordable Rental Housing Advisory Group who will serve for a one year term for continuity purposes until January 2022, at which point all new members who join the Tenant Advisory Committee will also serve two year terms.

Qualifications

Members of the Tenant Advisory Committee should collectively have an interest and experience in such things as:

  • Lived or professional experience working on tenancy issues such as evictions, Above Guideline Increases (AGIs), rental affordability, unit condition issues
  • Lived or professional experience advocating for tenant rights
  • Desire to advance HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan rental housing priorities
  • Ability to work with diverse groups and as part of a team
  • Volunteer and advocacy experience

Member Time Requirements

Meetings will be approximately 3 hours long and will be held monthly at a day and time to be determined.

Honoraria

Honorarium payments will be provided to those public members who are not paid employees of an organization or business they are representing as a member of the Tenant Advisory Committee. Eligible members will receive an honorarium of $50 for any meeting 3 hours or less and $100 for a full day session.

For More Information

If you have any questions about this committee and would like to learn more, please contact Sherri Hanley of the City of Toronto's Housing Secretariat at sherri.hanley@toronto.ca or 416-992-7565.

Membership

The current and historical Appointments for this body.

Apply now

Apply by Friday January 29th using the link below if you interested in being a part of this committee.