The Ontario government is committed to helping people struggling to find affordable housing that fits their family’s needs and budget. The government has put forward a plan that will bring real relief and real choice to people in Durham.
More Homes, More Choice: Ontario’s Housing Supply Action Plan will tackle Ontario’s housing crisis. With this plan, the government is encouraging housing and building partners to do their part to build more housing that meets the needs of people in Durham and across the province.
“For many people in Durham, finding a home that is suitable for their needs and budget is a challenge,” said MPP Lindsey Park. “Our plan will make it easier to build the types of homes people are looking for at a price they can afford.”
This plan will also help tackle the issue of home-sharing among seniors, raised in MPP Park’s private members bill, The Golden Girls Act, 2019. The Bill passed Second Reading in the Ontario Legislature earlier this year with all-party support.
MPP Park’s bill was inspired by a group of seniors in Port Perry, known as the Golden Girls of Port Perry. The Golden Girls didn’t want to live independently any longer but also didn’t see themselves living in a retirement home, condo or apartment. Instead, they decided to renovate a home, to meet their needs as they aged, and move in together.
When initially pursing this housing model, they ran into obstacles created by the local municipal council, who tried to prevent them from using a house in downtown Port Perry in this way. This is an example of an innovative housing solution that will be encouraged by the More Homes, More Choice plan. The plan commits to releasing educational materials on innovative arrangements like life leases, tiny homes and co-ownership.
“There is a great need for more affordable housing options for seniors,” said MPP Park. “I am thrilled that Minister Clark will be taking action to help remove obstacles for seniors who want to pursue the option of home-sharing as they age.”
The new measures proposed in More Homes, More Choice would also streamline the overly complicated approvals process, to remove unnecessary duplication and red tape, while protecting health and safety, a vibrant agricultural sector and the environment – including the Greenbelt.
Not every town needs a thirty-story building. People need affordable places to live, whether they rent or own, that meet their needs at every stage of life. For some, that’s a home with an extra bedroom for visiting family members, an affordable place on a bus route, or near the local school. For others, it might mean living close to town, but with plenty of space for a garden and near nature trails.
The previous government created a complex housing development system that was difficult for builders to navigate, much less individual homeowners. Red tape and government fees can add years of paperwork and thousands of dollars to the cost of an average home, which drives prices up for renters and buyers alike.
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