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Posted on January 16, 2020

Call for Participants – Protection of Rental Housing Advisory Committee

Posted on January 16, 2020

The City of Toronto is establishing a Protection of Rental Housing Advisory Committee to work with staff to identify ways to protect affordable rental tenancies in the City. Specifically, the Committee will:

  • Inform the City’s response to illegitimate tenant evictions;
  • Inform the development of materials to educate tenants on their rights and inform landlords of their responsibilities;
  • Inform the City’s response to eviction prevention supports;
  • Suggest potential amendments to the provincial Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 and changes at the Landlord Tenant Board to address illegitimate evictions; and
  • Help organize an affordable housing workshop to address the issues of security of tenure and affordable rental housing.

Membership & Meetings

This will be a committee that reports to staff with membership of up to 12 members for a one year term.

  • Balance will be struck between:
    • People with lived experience (3)
    • Tenant advocacy groups (3)
    • Landlords (3)
    • Legal clinics (3)
  • Meetings will take place monthly outside of business hours (i.e. evenings/weekends) beginning in February 2020 for a six month period.
  • Meeting frequency will be re-visited after six months against the progress made to date on key deliverables.

How to Apply

The City welcomes any individual or organization to submit their interest to serve on this advisory committee. We are asking individuals/groups to email their interest to the Housing Secretariat by Friday, January 17th, 2020. Email: housingplan@toronto.ca with a subject heading ‘Protection of Rental Housing Advisory Committee’.

Please include your full name/organization name along with contact information. Given the limited number of spots on the advisory committee we are asking individuals to outline their lived experience with illegitimate evictions and for organizations to outline their work on this issue. Selected individuals and organizations will be informed by January 24th with a first meeting the first week of February.

Ontario Line Project – Public Open House

Posted on January 16, 2020

On June 4, 2019, the Ontario Government passed the “Getting Ontario Moving Act,” which assigns responsibility for planning some rapid transit in Toronto to the Province of Ontario. As a result, the Relief Line project has now been replaced by the Ontario Line project. With this change, Metrolinx will lead a renewed consultation and exploration process, which will also include additional Environmental Assessment work. As this new process gets underway, we
hope that you will continue to participate in engagement opportunities.

Metrolinx is hosting four public open houses to introduce the Ontario Line later this month. Fifteen potential stations are proposed between Ontario Place and Ontario Science Centre, with links to GO Transit, the Eglinton Crosstown LRT, and TTC Lines 1 and 2. The objective of the information sessions will be to provide the public with an overview of the project, the process, and information on future engagement opportunities.

The information sessions will be hosted in the last two weeks of January. The same information will be available at each event. Each event will be from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm.

Public Open Houses:

Thursday, January 23rd at Ontario Science Centre (770 Don Mills Rd)

Monday, January 27th at Ryerson University, Tecumseh Auditorium (55 Gould St)

Tuesday, January 28th at Metropolitan Community Church (115 Simpson Ave)

Wednesday, January 29th at Exhibition Place, Beanfield Centre, Room 201 ABC (105 Princes’ Blvd)

If you have any questions about the meetings or the project, please contact Metrolinx directly at OntarioLine@metrolinx.com.

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