Thousands of Toronto Community Housing tenants vote for new representatives

Thousands of Toronto Community Housing tenants vote for new representatives

March 27, 2015

TORONTO, March 27, 2015 –Thousands of Toronto Community Housing tenants from communities across the city cast their votes yesterday for Tenant Representatives who will work along with their fellow tenants and Toronto Community Housing staff to build better homes, better communities and a better Toronto for all. The 312 Tenant Representatives will start new three-year terms in April 2015. 

Since 2003, Tenant Representatives have been an integral part of Toronto Community Housing's resident engagement system. Tenant Representatives represent the interests of their community, get other tenants involved in community building, help keep tenants informed, and participate actively on tenant councils.

All Toronto Community Housing communities are entitled to elect a Tenant Representative. Larger communities are entitled to elect one representatives for every 250 homes. Where communities include a combination of high-rise and low-rise or townhouse buildings, each part of the community is entitled to elect its own representative.

Later this spring, Tenant Representatives will also elect two tenant nominees for the Toronto Community Housing Board of Directors. 

By the numbers​

  • Tenant Representatives elected and acclaimed: 312
  • Votes cast: 7392
  • Tenants nominated: 479
  • All-Candidates Meetings held: 75
  • Orientation Meetings held: 343
  • Vacant Seats: 151
  • Poll locations: 69
  • Staff providing direct support on election day: 300

Quotes

"On behalf of the Board of Directors, I want to thank every tenant who put their name forward as a candidate for Tenant Representative. Tenant Representatives are an integral part of Toronto Community Housing, and the support they provide helps us build the better communities all our residents deserve."

-Bud Pur​​​ves​,Chair, Toronto Community Housing Board of Directors

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"Resident engagement is a cornerstone of everything we do; it's how we give residents a forum and a voice to work with us to solve problems, set priorities, allocate resources and make our processes work better. It's also a way that residents hold us accountable."

-Greg S​pearn​,President and CEO (Interim), Toronto Community Housing


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About Toronto Community Housing

Toronto Community Housing​ is Canada's largest social housing provider. We provide clean, safe, affordable homes to 60,000 households with low and moderate incomes, in neighbourhoods across the city. Working with our partners, we are bringing some of the brightest minds in the industry together to turn the challenges posed by our aging housing stock into an opportunity to build better homes, better neighbourhoods, and a better Toronto for all.


Media Contact: Sara Goldvine, 416-981-4252 or media@torontohousing.ca