October 28, 2013
Toronto joins national campaign to fix housing crunch
The City of Toronto fully supports Fixing Canada’s Housing Crunch, the campaign launched today by Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, Chair of the Big City Mayors' Caucus at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' (FCM) meeting in Ottawa. The campaign calls on the federal government to establish a national housing strategy.
"This campaign is important because too many Canadians – seniors, low-income families, people with disabilities – are without an affordable home, and too many live in homes that desperately need health and safety repair and modernization, said Councillor Ana Bailão (Ward 18 Davenport), Chair of City's Affordable Housing Committee, who was in Ottawa with Councillor Pam McConnell (Ward 28 Toronto Centre-Rosedale) for the campaign launch.
"With more than 90,000 Toronto households on the social housing waiting list, City Council is united in its view on this important issue," said Councillor Bailão. "We are here today to speak out on behalf of people like them who need their governments to step up – not step back – when it comes to supporting a strong housing system, a system that maintains our national social housing legacy and meets the growing housing needs across our country."
Last June, Toronto launched its own social housing campaign - Close the Housing Gap – designed to persuade the federal and provincial governments to put people first by continuing to fund social housing at existing levels and by making new, long-term funding available for social housing capital repairs.
Along with many other municipalities across Canada, Toronto will host a forum to engage residents in the FCM campaign.
More details about Close the Housing Gap can be found at http://www.putpeoplefirst.ca.
More information about Fixing Canada's Housing Crunch campaign is available at http://www.fcm.ca/housingcrunch.
Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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Media contact: Sean Gadon, Director Affordable Housing Office, firstname.lastname@example.org