Toronto Community Housing seeks legislative changes to better pursue evictions for criminal activity

Toronto Community Housing seeks legislative changes to better pursue evictions for criminal activity

October 16, 2015

​​Toronto Community Housing has an Evictions for Cause Policy that guides the company in pursuing evictions of residents for anti-social behaviour, including serious criminal activity. In many cases, current provincial laws create barriers that limit Toronto Community Housing’s ability to remove individuals who are compromising security and putting the safety of other residents at risk.​​

As committed to in the Getting it done report, Toronto Community Housing recently sent specific requests to the City of Toronto, asking the City to advocate on its behalf for changes to sections of the provincial Housing Services Act, Trespass to Property Act and Municipal Freedom and Information and Protection of Privacy Act to help make Toronto Community Housing communities safer.

If passed, these amendments will allow Toronto Community Housing to prevent individuals who have been previously evicted for anti-social behaviour from being rehoused in its buildings for at least two years or until they have successfully completed a rehabilitation program related to the reasons for eviction. The amendments will also help us trespass unwanted guests from residents’ units, and allow social housing landlords to obtain information regarding criminal activity from law enforcement agencies to support eviction proceedings.

As part of our strategy to assist Toronto Police Service in maintaining safety in the community – including our properties – Toronto Community Housing is:
• increasing community outreach
• upgrading its 5,500 security cameras to high-resolution digital
• working with Toronto Crime Stoppers to educate residents about how they can report crime anonymously
• introducing a new community redeployment model for its Community Safety Unit​
• increasing joint patrols with Toronto Police Service
• participating in Community Policing Liaison Committees, and
• applying Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) in Revitalization and ReSet communities.​