Housing Opportunities Toronto (HOT) Action Plan 2010-2020

The opportunity for every resident to obtain safe, secure affordable housing throughout Toronto would be recognized under a proposed new Toronto Housing Charter, a key component of the Housing Opportunities Toronto (HOT) Action Plan 2010-2020 introduced today by Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti, Chair, Affordable Housing Committee.

The Toronto Housing Charter – Opportunity for All would be the first of its kind in Canada. The Charter is designed to guide City Council and staff in their efforts to assist those who often face challenges finding affordable housing, from newcomers and single parents to seniors and those with disabilities. It states that all residents have the right to equal treatment in housing without discrimination as provided by the Ontario Human Rights Code.

“One of the best ways of providing opportunity for all is to make sure people have access to affordable housing across Toronto,”said Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti, Chair, Affordable Housing Committee. “In putting forward this plan, we are also supporting job creation, a greener city, healthy and productive residents and a better future for us all.”

HOT contains 67 recommended actions to be undertaken by the City of Toronto and the federal and provincial governments. It calls for new investment of $484 million annually for the next 10 years to help 257,700 households struggling with high housing costs or inadequate accommodation. More than 60,000 jobs would be created or preserved over the next decade with the full implementation of HOT.

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