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Toronto Mayoral Candidate Ana Bailao Unveils Plan To Tackle Housing Crisis

TORONTO – (May 1, 2023) This morning, surrounded by families, workers, and housing stakeholders, Ana Bailão announced her Housing Plan. Ana’s Housing Plan will put people first, build homes, and get City Hall moving to make life better and more affordable in Toronto.

Ana will take action to urgently build more homes, create pathways out of homelessness, and protect residents and renters who have homes today.

Putting People First 

  • Expand the Dufferin Grove pilot project city-wide, creating pathways out of homelessness.
  • Establish a specialized Anti-Displacement and Evictions Prevention Unit with 30 staff within Municipal Licensing & Standards.
  • Temporarily freezing new proposals that would demolish rental apartment buildings while undertaking a comprehensive city-wide review to provide greater predictability.

Building Homes

  • Ana will commit to ensuring that 20% of all new homes built by 2031 – a minimum of 57,000 homes – will be purpose-built rental homes.
  • Ana will invest to speed up construction readiness for non-profit and co-op organizations’ pre-development activities.
  • Making additional surplus municipal properties available for non-profit and co-operative housing available to build new affordable homes.

Getting City Hall Moving

  • Hold City Hall accountable and instruct the City Manager to publish semi-annual public updates on progress delivering our housing commitments.
  • Champion reforms to planning regulations, zoning and land use to get homes built with a focus on “missing middle” housing, and housing of medium scale and density that meets the needs of residents between condos and single-family homes.
  • Lead a Mayor’s initiative on residential intensification to develop incentives and launch new policies to support the delivery of 285,000 new homes by 2031.

This Housing Plan will protect 237,000 renters, build 285,000 new homes with a minimum of 57,000 being purpose-built rental homes, and will directly support at least 95,000 vulnerable residents. The total cost of this Plan’s new initiatives is $48.5 million which will come from the City Building Fund which is forecast to generate an additional $60 million this year.

Ana has a track record of securing billions in investments from the provincial and federal governments for housing in Toronto. With the support of builders, unions, workers, Members of Parliament, Members of Provincial Parliament, and Councillors, Ana is the only candidate who will be able to secure funding from the provincial and federal governments to support people and build more homes.

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