Housing has become a big issue in every corner of the province. Almost everyone knows someone who can’t find a home with an affordable rent in a neighbourhood they want to live in, or someone who is having financial problems buying their first home, or someone who is experiencing real difficulties paying rent.
Bottom line: the housing challenges are real and require urgent action.
The response by the Provincial Government has been extremely worrying. They’ve introduced and adopted legislation and regulations that fundamentally weaken planning and environmental laws and open up the Greenbelt, natural areas and farmland to development. In short, they’re turbo-charging urban sprawl. But these actions will not only harm the environment and farmers, they will do little to solve the housing challenges we face, especially for those most in need.
So, it’s understandable many people feel hopeless and sad.
The great news is that the housing solutions we need are all around us. They exist in communities across Ontario -as well as in other parts of Canada and the world. They are doable, real, practical and affordable.
Which is why we created the Building Hope webinar series. We want to:
This webinar features housing expert Cherise Burda and planner Kevin Eby who reveal that there is more than enough land set aside in existing towns and cities to build all the housing types we need and want.