ONTARIO PCs DOING HOUSING POLICY LIKE THEY DID THEIR BLUE LICENSE PLATES: JOSH MATLOW

Mar 31, 2022

By Jane Brown

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Ontario’s new housing legislation scraps many of the 55 recommendations issued last month by members of a government-convened housing affordability task force.

The legislation, introduced by the Ford Tories Wednesday, does not address the suggestion to change municipal zoning rules to allow more housing to be built, aside from single-family homes.

Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Steve Clark said that’s because municipalities have said they are not ready to implement the report’s “ambitious” policies right away.

But Toronto city Councillor Josh Matlow says this plan by the governing PCs is not fixing the problem.

“The reality is, there are a lot of condos being built in Toronto, but very few of them are actually built affordable to enough people who want to remain in our city,” Matlow explained, “We’re seeing more and more young people leave our city, older people being priced out as well, and this act, this government, is doing housing policy like they did their blue license plates.”

Members of the provincial housing affordability task force recently made dozens of recommendations, including a goal to build 1.5-million homes in 10-years.

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