This website was created to track all 55 recommendations made by the Province’s Housing Affordability Task Force in the report they released on February 8, 2022.
Focus on getting more homes built: 1 🟩 ; 2 🟥 Making land available to build: 3 🟥 ; 4 🟥 ; 5 🟩 ; 6 🟥 ; 7 🟥 ; 8 🟥 ; 9 🟥 ; 10 🟥 ; 11 🟥 ; 12 🟧 ; 13 🟥 ; 14 🟥 ; 15 🟥 ; 16 🟥 ; 17 🟥 ; 18 🟥 Cut the red tape so we can build faster and reduce costs: 19 🟧 ; 20 🟥 ; 21 🟥 ; 22 🟥 ; 23 🟥 ; 24 🟥 ; 25 🟥 ; 26 🟥 ; 27 🟥 ; 28 🟥 ; 29 🟥 ; 30 🟧 ; 31 🟥 Reduce the costs to build, buy and rent32 🟥 ; 33 🟧 ; 34 🟥 ; 35 🟥 ; 36 🟥 ; 37 🟥 ; 38 🟥 ; 39 🟥 ; 40 🟥 ; 41 🟥 ; 42 🟥 Support and incentivize scaling up housing supply: 43 🟥 ; 44 🟥 ; 45 🟥 ; 46 🟩 ; 47 🟥 ; 48 🟥 ; 49 🟥 ; 50 🟧 ; 51 🟥 ; 52 🟥 ; 53 🟥 ; 54 🟥 ; 55 🟥
Since the report release, most media commentary has been broadly supportive. You can find some of it below.
Ottawa pro-housing group happy with Housing Task Force's plan to tackle rising local house prices
The City of Ottawa is standing by its local planning process after a report by the province's Housing Task Force made over 50 recommendations to increase the number of homes and make housing more affordable in the province.
Where's the democracy in a system that lets homeowners deny housing to others? | TVO.org
OPINION: Current policies favour those who already live in established neighbourhoods. We need to think about young families, racialized and Indigenous people, immigrants, and future generations.
Opinion: Ontario has a chance to make housing more inclusive - we can't let it slip away
Between sky-high property values, bidding wars and the rush to turn offers into signed agreements, finding an affordable place to live in Ontario can be a monumental undertaking. Buyers and renters often face a disheartening uphill battle to find a home within their budget and preferred community.
Opinion | Province needs to throw its weight behind task force report on improving housing affordability
The Ontario Housing Affordability Task Force released its final report Feb. 8 after two months of consultation and study. It offers bold reform to boost housing supply. The ball is now in the province's court to decide which recommendations to adopt; the province would be wise to adopt as many as it can.
Opinion: To solve Toronto's housing crisis, we must end restrictive single-family zoning policies
Steve Lafleur is a senior policy analyst at the Fraser Institute. Many things have changed during the pandemic, but Toronto, unfortunately, remains in a housing crisis. Anyone who's tried to buy or lease a home in the last few years knows that prices are high and inventories are low.
Globe editorial: The Doug Ford government has a plan to lower housing prices - by growing up
Back in the mid-1990s, the population of the Greater Toronto Area was about 4.5 million. It has since eclipsed seven million and is expected to reach 10 million by the mid-2040s. The GTA, already home to as many people as six Saskatchewans, will soon have the population of Alberta and British Columbia, combined.
Housing affordability task force's vision could fundamentally reshape land-use planning in Ontario
The Ontario of 30 years from now could be full of new places to live. Apartments and rooming houses on every block. Wood-framed buildings 12 storeys tall. Towers around mass transit, including bus stops, even in the most exclusive neighbourhoods.
The Housing Affordability Task Force’s recommendations are all great. If implemented, they would take us a long way toward solving the housing crisis. Now we need to see if and how quickly they get implemented.
The Task Force has done its job. It’s now the Province’s turn to do theirs.
As progress is made on each of these items, we’ll add links to the relevant press releases and media coverage. We’ll also update the scoring above.
Here’s the full list:
Focus on getting more homes built
Making land available to build
Stop using exclusionary zoning that restricts more housing
Align investments in roads and transit with growth
Start saying “yes in my backyard”
Cut the red tape so we can build faster and reduce costs
Adopt common sense approaches that save construction costs
Prevent abuse of the appeal process
Reduce the costs to build, buy and rent
Align government fees and charges with the goal of building more housing
Make it easier to build rental
Make homeownership possible for hardworking Ontarians who want it
Support and incentivize scaling up housing supply
Invest in municipal infrastructure
Create the Labour Force to meet the housing supply need
Create a large Ontario Housing Delivery Fund to align efforts and incent new housing supply
Sustain focus, measure, monitor, improve
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