The Region of Peel Responds to Provincial Long-term Affordable Housing Strategy
BRAMPTON, ON. (Nov. 29, 2010) – Following today’s release of Ontario’s Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy, Region of Peel Chairman, Emil Kolb expressed optimism towards the province’s approach to strengthening affordable housing in Ontario.
“The changes proposed in the provincial housing strategy address a number of long-standing issues the Region has been advocating for. We are also pleased to see many of our recommendations reflected in today’s report,” said Kolb.
“Any proposal that gives us a greater ability to provide housing in a more efficient and cost-effective manner is encouraging. Proposals that simplify administrative processes benefit all housing providers because they create more time to support tenants who are at the heart of our business.”
During consultations for the Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy, the Region of Peel stressed the importance of greater flexibility for municipalities to better address local needs. Peel also expressed the need to consolidate housing and homelessness programs to offer residents a continuum of housing services. The provincial strategy aims to address both of these issues through legislative change and further consultation with stakeholders. The strategy’s people-centred approach is also consistent with the Region’s move to integrate its Human Services – including housing, childcare, employment supports and Ontario Works – to better serve Peel residents.
While the Region was successful in advocating its position in certain areas, Chair Kolb would like to see a long-term financial commitment to support Peel’s efforts to deal with the growing need for affordable housing. More than 34,000 new residents settle in Peel each year and applicants for social housing are currently on a lengthy wait list. As Peel is a high growth area, the situation will only worsen.
“A pressing issue that municipalities like ours share is the absence of predictable funding to build and maintain affordable housing,” Chair Kolb said.
“I look forward to working with Peel’s Provincial and Federal Members of Parliament to secure a financial commitment that will begin to address Peel’s urgent need for affordable housing,” commented Chair Kolb. “Ensuring our residents have access to safe, secure and affordable housing options will always remain a priority for our Council.”
The Regional Municipality of Peel was incorporated in 1974 on the principle that certain community and infrastructure services are most cost-effectively administered over a larger geographic area. The Region of Peel serves more than one million residents in the Cities of Mississauga and Brampton and the Town of Caledon.
For more information on the Region of Peel, please call 905-791-7800, or visit peelregion.ca.