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News Release: November 22, 2019

Region of Peel to boost affordable housing supply in Peel

BRAMPTON, ON. (Nov. 22, 2019) – In Peel, 70% of low-income and 30% of middle-income households are living in housing they cannot afford. In response, the Region of Peel has embarked on a 10-year housing and homelessness plan aimed at making affordable housing available to all residents and preventing chronic homelessness. The long-term plan sets the stage to increase Peel’s affordable housing stock by up to 5,700 over the next 15 years.

“Bringing attention to affordable housing issues is the focus of National Housing Day on November 22,” said Region of Peel Chair Nando Iannicca. “For the Region, it provides an opportunity to raise awareness about the work currently underway to address the critical lack of affordable housing in Peel, a key priority for Regional Council.”

A key part of Peel’s 10-year housing and homelessness plan is a Housing Master Plan, endorsed by Regional Council in July 2019. It maps how the Region will phase-in the development of 5,700 affordable rental and emergency units across Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga.

“Peel is one of only a few communities across Canada with a long-term housing investment strategy,” said Iannicca. “The development of 5,700 affordable rental units on Regional surplus lands and Peel Housing Corporation sites by 2034 makes the Region’s Housing Master Plan the most progressive and large-scale housing infrastructure plan developed in Peel. To help us achieve that, we require significant funding and support from our federal and provincial partners.”

The numbers tell the story of what the Peel Housing and Homelessness Plan addresses:

“The Region has been building new affordable housing for many years and currently has 965 units in development,” said Annette Groves, Chair of Peel Region’s Strategic Housing and Homelessness Committee. “The Housing Master Plan will further increase Peel’s affordable housing supply at an unprecedented pace.”

Other strategies within the 10-year Peel Housing and Homelessness Plan include:

“The participation of the private and non-profit sectors, other governments, agencies and residents is critical to meeting the community’s affordable housing needs in Peel,” said Aileen Baird, Housing Director, Region of Peel. “Only with everyone’s involvement can we achieve our goal that affordable housing is available to all in Peel.”

2018 facts

The need for more affordable housing in Peel continues to increase amidst rising house prices and rents:

Other actions underway:

Investments in affordable housing means

Learn more

For more information on housing help in Peel, visit www.peelregion.ca/housing/.

For urgent housing needs, call the Region of Peel at 905-453-1300.

Email us about the Peel Housing and Homelessness Plan.

The Region of Peel works with residents and partners to create a healthy, safe and connected Community for Life for more than 1.5 million people and 175,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the Town of Caledon. Peel's services touch the lives of residents every day. Recognized as a leader in management and service delivery, the Region of Peel is the only government organization at any level to receive Excellence Canada's Platinum Award for Excellence, Innovation and Wellness®. For more information about the Region of Peel, explore peelregion.ca and follow us on Twitter at @regionofpeel.

Media Contacts

David Hodkin
Communication Specialist, Corporate Services
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, ext. 4674