TORONTO, Oct. 28, 2013 /CNW/ - The Association of Municipalities of
Ontario (AMO) joined municipal voices across Canada in calling on the
federal government to develop a long-term plan for housing that will
address rising costs, the scarcity of rental housing and the need for
sustained federal funds for affordable housing.
The cost of housing is taking a toll on families and communities across
Canada, pushing both personal debt and affordable housing wait lists to
record levels. In Ontario, for example, more than 156,000 people are on
wait lists for social housing - a 10 per cent increase from 2010.
In light of these challenges, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities
(FCM) today launched their campaign, "Fixing Canada's Housing Crunch," to urge the federal government to work with provincial, territorial
and municipal leaders to develop a long-term, coordinated plan.
"The stakes are especially high for Ontario's municipal governments,"
said AMO President Russ Powers. Unlike other provinces, responsibility
for housing in Ontario was downloaded to municipal governments. "Local
governments cannot fix the housing system on their own," Powers added.
"We need to work with our federal and provincial counterparts to
develop long-term, cost-effective solutions across the full spectrum of
housing programs and policy.''
Rising housing prices push more people into a crowded rental market. The
problem is particularly acute in Ontario, where 20 per cent of renters
are spending about one-third of their income on housing. Social
housing, as well, is in dire need of capital repairs -- and more
affordable housing units are needed. Ontario is expected to need
between 15,000 and 20,000 rental and affordable housing units per year.
"Our cities and communities need a stable and secure housing market that
creates jobs, attracts new workers, meets the needs of seniors and
young families, and keeps our most vulnerable citizens off the
streets," said Gregor Robertson, Mayor of Vancouver and Chair of the
Big City Mayors Caucus, who launched the campaign.
AMO is a non-profit organization representing almost all of Ontario's
444 municipal governments. AMO supports and enhances strong and
effective municipal government in Ontario and promotes the value of
municipal government as a vital and essential component of Ontario and
Canada's political system.
SOURCE: Association of Municipalities of Ontario
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