CMHC rental survey: low-income renters shut out

    TORONTO, Dec. 13 /CNW/ - Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)
today released its national survey of the rental housing market. Across
Canada, two-bedroom rents for tenants increased in every urban centre except
Windsor, where rents were unchanged. CMHC's calculation excluded new
structures, where tenants would be paying higher rents.
    The average rent for two-bedroom apartments in Toronto is $1,061, with
the average two-bedroom condominium units running at $1,535 - the highest in
the country.
    36% of Ontario's tenant households are living at or below the poverty
    "The Ontario government promised to create a long-term affordable housing
strategy," said Mary Truemner, Acting Director of Legal Services at the
Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (ACTO). "A good start would be rent
regulation on vacant units. The reality is, every time a tenant moves in this
province, we're at risk of losing an affordable unit."
    At the beginning of 2007 there were 123,182 low-income households across
Ontario on the active waiting lists for social housing, 76% of which could not
afford a monthly rent of over $500.

    The Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario is a specialty legal clinic
funded by Legal Aid Ontario.

    The Tenant Duty Counsel Program is a project of ACTO

For further information:

INFORMATION: Jennifer Ramsay (ACTO): (416) 597-5855 x 5168, cell: (416)
996-4662, (Toll free in Ontario: 1-866-245-4182 x5168),

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