Action on Ontario's housing crisis

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WHEREAS over 725,000 Ontario households are in core housing need, and over 170,000 are on waiting lists for rent-geared-to-income housing;

AND WHEREAS the average house price in Ontario is over $670,000 and the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment is $12,000 per year;

AND WHEREAS most provincial social housing was built before the mid-1990s and the private sector has proven unable to provide sufficient affordable housing;

AND WHEREAS the right to adequate housing and shelter is recognized by the United Nations, and the Government of Ontario is responsible for providing sufficient and well maintained social housing across the province;

We the undersigned petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as follows:

  • Introduce a comprehensive provincial social housing program that treats housing as a public utility and delivers it according to need;
  • Develop and implement an emergency plan to build 200,000 new, publicly owned, social housing units and upgrade/retrofit existing units, to address the massive core housing need in all areas of Ontario;
  • Legislate real rent controls and rent rollbacks for all renters in Ontario.


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