Housing Supply Action Plan: Read OMSSA's Response
January 25, 2019
Following consultation with members, OMSSA has shared its response and recommendations to the Honourable Steve Clark, Ontario's Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, regarding the Province's development of its Housing Supply Action Plan.
In our response, OMSSA expressed its recognition and appreciation of the Ministry’s efforts to increase affordable housing supply and address challenges around affordability in communities across Ontario, pointing to key priorities including:
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- that community housing, transitional housing and supportive housing all play a crucial role in addressing Ontario’s affordable housing challenge;
- the importance of investing in affordable housing is the most cost-effective means of addressing homelessness;
- prioritizing and supporting Ontario’s most vulnerable residents in need of housing, rather than dedicating limited resources primarily to incentivizing home ownership;
- the need to provide additional resources to the Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) to ensure speedy resolution of issues between landlords and tenants;
- the need for all levels of government to work together to address funding issues, housing affordability challenges and a lack of new rental supply;
- maintaining and ensuring local flexibility to address unique circumstances in Ontario’s urban, suburban, rural and Northern communities; and
- working together with the Province on community housing renewal, end-of-operating agreements, rent-geared-to-income (RGI) simplification, service level standards, utility scales and reducing administrative and reporting burdens.