Increasing Housing Supply in Ontario

ERO number
013-4190
Notice type
Policy
Posted by
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Notice stage
Decision
Decision posted
Comment period
November 28, 2018 - January 25, 2019 (58 days) Closed
Last updated

This consultation was open from:
November 28, 2018
to January 25, 2019

Decision summary

On May 2, 2019, the government introduced More Homes, More Choice: Ontario’s Housing Supply Action Plan. The Housing Supply Action Plan is complemented by the More Homes, More Choice Act, 2019, which received Royal Assent on June 6, 2019.

Decision details

On May 2, 2019, the government introduced More Homes, More Choice: Ontario’s Housing Supply Action Plan. More information on the Action Plan is available at www.ontario.ca/morehomes. The Housing Supply Action Plan was informed by a broad public consultation which included comments made on the Environmental Registry of Ontario, a web survey, and other correspondence received during the consultation period relating to housing supply.

The Housing Supply Action Plan is complemented by the More Homes, More Choice Act, 2019, which received Royal Assent on June 6, 2019. The More Homes, More Choice Act, 2019 addresses affordability in the housing market by unlocking the development of different kinds of housing through changes to a number of pieces of legislation.

Legislative and regulatory changes made under the Housing Supply Action Plan and the More Homes, More Choice Act, 2019 have been posted separately on the Environmental Registry (where appropriate).

Comments received

Through the registry

15

By email

308

By mail

524
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Effects of consultation

Total Ministry Consultation:

  Web Survey Email CCU Correspondence Phone EBR Form Letter Other
Total comments received: 2068 1,214 308 12 1 15 512 6

During the consultation period, we received more than 2,000 submissions. As well as the online consultation, we held dozens of meetings with stakeholders from across the province and hosted a forum with more than 200 housing policy experts and advocates from the academic, construction and development, environmental, affordable housing, and economic development sectors to discuss innovation in the housing and development industry.

Over 85% of the submissions came from the public (with the remaining 15% from stakeholders and stakeholder groups, policy experts, and housing advocates) and more than half of responses from members of the public said affordability was their top criterion when looking for a home, followed by having transit, schools, and services nearby.

Feedback emphasized the importance of protecting environmentally sensitive areas, including the Greenbelt, cultural heritage assets, and key employment and agricultural lands. Feedback also emphasized that the government should focus development in areas with existing services, transit, and infrastructure.

Many responses emphasized that housing rules need to be easier to understand, for example when homeowners want to build and rent out a basement apartment.

Protecting tenants from unlawful evictions and making sure buildings are well maintained were top priorities of many respondents.

These priorities have been reflected in the Housing Supply Action Plan and the More Homes, More Choice Act, 2019.

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Market Housing Policy Branch
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14th Floor
777 Bay Street
Toronto, ON
M7A 2J3
Canada

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Original proposal

ERO number
013-4190
Notice type
Policy
Posted by
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Proposal posted

Comment period

November 28, 2018 - January 25, 2019 (58 days)

Proposal details

A strong demand for housing and limited supply in Ontario has resulted in rapidly rising housing costs over the last few years. In high-growth urban areas, high prices and rents have made it too hard for people to afford the housing they need. High prices also affect other parts of Ontario, including northern and rural communities, where a lack of supply has made ownership more difficult and quality rental housing hard to find.

To help increase the supply of housing in Ontario, the government is developing an action plan that will address the barriers getting in the way of new ownership and rental housing.

To inform the action plan, the government is undertaking consultations on how to expand the housing supply in Ontario.

How to participate

  1. Read the consultation document
  1. Submit your feedback
    • There are two ways to submit feedback. Submit your feedback by January 25, 2019
    1. Online survey
      • Complete the survey or upload your submission from our survey page.
    1. Email your submission
      • Email your written feedback to housingsupply@ontario.ca and: 
        • include your name or the name of your organization
        • attach your submission as a PDF or Word document

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Important notice: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, viewing supporting materials in person is not available at this time.

Please reach out to the Contact listed in this notice to see if alternate arrangements can be made.

Market Housing Branch
Address

777 Bay Street
14th Floor
Toronto, ON
M5G 1Z3
Canada

Office phone number

Comment

Commenting is now closed.

This consultation was open from November 28, 2018
to January 25, 2019

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