TORONTO, March 19, 2014 - The Close the Housing Gap campaign delivered its message to�Queen's Park today, telling MPPs from all three parties that it's time for Ontario to step up,�not step back, when it comes to investing in non-profit and co-op housing in Toronto and across�Ontario.
Campaign supporters urged the Ontario government to: pay its fair share for social housing�repairs, provide equity to Toronto in rent subsidies and enter into a funding partnership with Ottawa to address the impact of expiring non-profit and co-op social housing agreements.
The advocacy day was a partnership between the City of Toronto, Toronto Community�Housing, the Co-operative Housing Federation of Toronto and the Co-operative Housing�Federation of Canada Ontario Region.
"Our message is clear: it's time for equity, fairness and a long-term commitment to social housing from the province," said campaign co-chair Councillor Ana Bail�o (Ward 18�Davenport). "Municipalities are shortchanged in Ontario as the province pays private�landlords higher rent subsidies than it does to public landlords. Toronto alone is out some�$81 million a year because of this unfair policy. Action is needed to address this inequity."
"Like all Ontarians, our residents deserve to live in homes that are in good repair," said Bud�Purves, campaign co-chair and Chair, Toronto Community Housing. �Toronto Community�Housing will need to invest more than $2.6 billion over the next decade in capital repairs to�our aging buildings. We need the provincial and federal governments to partner with us, like�the City of Toronto has, and each invest $864 million so that we can provide clean, safe�units to the 58,500 households that call Toronto Community Housing home.�
�All levels of government need to come to the table to ensure we don�t lose good quality�affordable homes when federal operating agreements end,� said Tom Clement, Executive�Director, Co-operative Housing Federation of Toronto.
�Co-ops are very glad to see all three provincial parties involved in our housing campaign�today and that they seem to understand the need for Ontario to play an active role in providing�a solution.� said Harvey Cooper, Manager, Government Relations, Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada.
The Close the Housing Gap campaign is in full swing with a range of activities underway.�For more information: http://www.toronto.ca/putpeoplefirst.
Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse�population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and�culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to�be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For�information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses�and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or�follow us @TorontoComms.
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