On Monday, March 14, after many years of urging, the Province announced that it would finally pass legislation giving municipalities inclusionary zoning powers. With these new powers, municipalities will be able to require developers to create affordable housing within new residential developments. City of Toronto Chief Planner Jennifer Keesmaat estimates that 12,000 units of affordable housing could have been created in the past 5 years in Toronto alone if an inclusionary zoning policy had been in place.
Now that the Province has committed to pass inclusionary zoning legislation, it’s time to fast track the process so that we don’t miss another single opportunity to develop much-needed affordable housing.
There are already two private members’ bills (Bill 3 and 39) on inclusionary zoning before the legislature. Please sign the petition calling on the Province to bring forward one of these bills immediately to avoid further delay. We are asking that this legislation be passed before the legislature breaks for the summer in June. We can’t afford any more missed opportunities to create affordable housing in Ontario.
Please sign the petition: http://www.socialplanningtoronto.org/affordablehousing/
Thank you for signing the petition and for your continued advocacy to create a province with housing for all. Please help get the word out by sharing this message and link.