For Immediate Release
April 12, 2001

Keith Ward
Commissioner of Housing and Property, and General Manager of Peel Living
Region of Peel
905-453-1300, Ext. 2518


(Brampton) - The Region of Peel expects to be one of the first municipalities in Ontario ready to take on administration of all local non-profit social housing units transferred to it by the province. General Committee accepted a draft Joint Local Transfer Plan by staff showing how the Region will assume its new responsibilities. The submission of this Plan is a requirement of the Social Housing Reform Act, proclaimed in December 2000.

"The Joint Local Transfer Plan (JLTP) demonstrates the Region's capacity to take on the businesses associated with operating the provincial and federal non-profit housing programs," said Keith Ward, Commissioner of Housing and Property for the Region of Peel, and General Manager of Peel Living, the Region's non-profit housing corporation.

"If our plan is approved, we expect to receive a transfer order by the Ministry, giving Peel administrative responsibilities for these housing units by October 1, 2001," added Ward. "Once all transfer orders are completed, the social housing portfolio for which we are responsible will total 13,000 units."

Peel will assume its responsibilities in two stages. In the first stage, the Region inherited 1,000 housing units on January 1, 2001.The second stage involves the responsibilities described in the JLTP, including the take-over of the Rent Supplement Program and co-ordinated access - a central waiting list for all social housing units in Peel. Currently, 30,000 people are waiting for a Peel Living social housing unit. The average wait time is over seven years.

In March, the province transferred $3.4 million to Peel for administrative costs associated with preparing the plans, acquiring technology and building staff capacity and skills to take over the businesses.

"We welcome our new responsibilities as Service Manager for the Region's non-profit housing stock," said Peel Regional Chair Emil Kolb. "The Region has been asking senior governments to hand over those responsibilities since 1976 when it established Peel Living. It made sense back then and it makes sense now that by taking the lead on all non-profits in Peel, we can achieve some economies of scale and improve the quality of service we provide to social housing residents and local housing providers."

Kolb added, "As much as we welcome our new responsibilities, it is imperative that the federal and provincial governments accept their financial obligation to ensure we can both maintain and add to the supply of social housing."

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