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Affordable Housing Group

The Affordable Housing Group reports to the RPCO, and comprises staff members from the regional municipalities of Durham, Halton, Peel, York and Waterloo, and the cities of Hamilton and Toronto.

PURPOSE

To provide a forum for municipal staff to consider and address issues relating to the provision and preservation of affordable housing within their communities (with a primary emphasis on rental housing).

MANDATE OF THE GROUP

The members of the group will work together to:

  1. Share information on current affordable housing issues and approaches of interest primarily to municipal planning and housing staff, and other relevant staff.
  2. Provide mutual support and advice on the development and implementation of affordable housing research, policies, programs and approaches.
  3. Monitor, review, and where appropriate provide comments and recommendations on the activities and reports of other agencies involved in planning for affordable housing.
  4. Liaise with representatives from other municipal, provincial, and federal governments and non-profit and private sector agencies, as deemed necessary.

ACTIVITY

Summary charts have been developed that highlight housing and homelessness initiatives being undertaken by the municipalities participating in the Affordable Housing Group. This work relates to Official Plan reviews, special studies, municipal responses to Planning Act and residential tenancy reforms, among other activities.

In April 2006 and March 2008, the RPCO provided feedback to on Bills 51 and 53, concerning affordable rental housing and conditional zoning.

In August 2016, the RPCO provided feedback in response to a request for comments, concerning Inclusionary Zoning Provisions under Bill 204.

Letter to Ministry of Municipal Affairs August 2016 with Key Comments Summary Table - Aug 2016

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