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Mitzie Hunter issues plan for satellite libraries and public health facilities at sites developed by TAHC

Mitzie Hunter, mayoral candidate, says her affordable housing developments will be integrated family-friendly communities with satellite library branches and dedicated public health facilities.

Hunter’s affordable housing plan includes: 

“We are in a housing crisis and that’s why we need to unlock public lands to build more affordable housing for renters and people who want a chance to buy,” says Hunter.

“Under my plan, affordable housing developments will be communities that fit in all our neighbourhoods, with small and medium-sized family friendly buildings surrounded by green space, playgrounds and parks that will also house critical City services provided by Toronto Public Health and the Toronto Public Library.”

Hunter has a five-point plan to deliver more affordable rental and ownership housing that will:

  1. Unlock public lands to build more new affordable housing than any other candidate;
  2. Make the end of the multiplex ban meaningful by providing incentives to build multiplexes of up to four units in every part of the City;
  3. Permit rental apartments of up to eight storeys on major streets and near campuses;
  4. Speed up building approvals and construction; and
  5. Protect renters and save current affordable housing.

The centrepiece of Hunters plan is a new Toronto Affordable Housing Corporation (TAHC). Over its first six years, the new TAHC will:

In contrast, the overwhelming majority of units proposed by every other candidateare unaffordable condos or apartments offered at today’s rental rates:

In developing her plan, Hunter drew on her experience as CAO of Toronto Community Housing prior to being MPP for Scarborough-Guildwood and a senior cabinet minister.

The other leading candidates who have released housing plans all continue the failed status-quo approach. The majority of units they create are market rentals or unaffordable condos. The majority of units are one bedroom and not fit for families and none offers anything to people looking to buy an affordable home.

Hunter’s housing plan is the most detailed, practical and comprehensive plan issued by any mayoral candidate. It is fully-costed with a net cost of $166 million over the next two years. It is part of her budget plan to be issued before voting begins in June. Additional green space and greener buildings are built in to this cost.

“We can do this, we must do it, and if we are to have a city that works for everyone, everywhere, we must grow the supply of affordable housing for both renters and buyers. We need to Fix the Six together.



Charmain Emerson 

Remarks by Mitzie Hunter announcing satellite public health offices and libraries details of her affordable housing plan, May 17, 2023:

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