CMHC rental survey reveals increasing trouble for Ontario renters

    TORONTO, June 6 /CNW/ - Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)
today released the Spring Rental Market Report, a national survey of the
rental housing market. In Ontario, average rents for two-bedrooms increased in
8 of the 11 major urban centres in Ontario since CMHC's survey six months ago.
    Average rents for two-bedroom apartments in Toronto increased to $1,073
(up from $1,067), the highest in a Canadian urban centre.
    "The lack of affordable housing in this province has a profoundly
negative impact on the social well-being of our residents and the economy,"
said Mary Truemner, Staff Lawyer at the Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario.
"The lowest-income households in Ontario are predominantly renters. In fact,
36% of tenant households live at or below the poverty line - and rents
continue to rise. Rent regulation must be reintroduced as promised by the
Liberals before the last election," continued Truemner.
    In 2006 there were 122,426 low-income households across Ontario on the
active waiting lists for social housing, 80% of whom 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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