Ontario Reveals More Homes, More Choice: A Housing Supply Action PlanPublished on May 02, 2019
More Homes, More Choice: Ontario’s Housing Supply Action Plan will tackle Ontario’s housing crisis. With this plan, our government is encouraging our housing and building partners to do their part to build more housing that meets the needs of people here in Toronto and across the province. We will encourage industry to address challenges like affordability, size of rental units, and housing type.
“Finding a home is a challenge for many in Toronto because building process takes too long and costs too much,” said Robin Martin, MPP for Eglinton-Lawrence. “Our plan will make it easier to build the right type of homes in the right places, giving people more flexibility and helping them find a home they can afford.”
The previous government created a complex housing development system that is impossible to navigate. Red tape and government fees can add years of paperwork and thousands of dollars to the cost of an average home, which drives prices up for renters and buyers alike.
The new measures proposed in More Homes, More Choice would streamline the overly complicated approvals process to remove unnecessary duplication and red tape, while protecting health and safety, a vibrant agricultural sector and the environment – including the Greenbelt.
“We will fix the housing crisis without touching the Greenbelt. We will preserve it and all its beauty,” said Martin.
Encouraging builders to build a mix of different types of housing – from family-sized condos, starter townhouses, to mid-rise rentals and more will help people get into homes. Our government also wants to convert old, vacant buildings into new modern homes and expand existing neighbourhoods, while protecting their character.
People are spending too much time in traffic on their way back and forth to work. That’s time away from their families, friends and things that matter most. Our plan would make it easier to build more housing near transit and amenities and help create vibrant neighbourhoods.
“Our action plan puts people first,” said Martin. “Whether you are buying your first condo, a growing family looking for a larger place to rent, or an empty-nester downsizing into a smaller and more accessible home.”
More Homes, More Choice: Ontario’s Housing Supply Action Plan can be read at Ontario.ca/morehomes