TORONTO— Mike Schreiner issued the following statement in response to a new housing report that found Ontario has the lowest per capita housing supply of any province:
“Ontario is dead last in housing supply per capita. We urgently need to change course.
This hurts their wallets and their health.
If we want to solve the housing crisis, we have to build more houses.
And we can do it in a way that protects nature and the places we love. It’s about creating viable and affordable communities that work for everyone.
But the Ford government’s solution is to expand, destroying valuable farmland and wetlands and making Ontarians’ lives even less affordable.
The Ontario Greens have a better idea.
Our plan to build sustainable and affordable communities includes:
- Building 100,000 affordable rental units and maintain an affordable housing supply
- End chronic homelessness by building 60,000 permanent housing units with support services
- Restore 260,000 community dwellings
- Significant increase in housing supply in expand zoning options, including allowing duplexes, triplexes and accessory suites
- Pre-zoning for mid-to-mid-rise buildings missing from transit corridors and main streets to help move projects forward faster and reduce construction costs
- Require minimum densities along transit corridors as part of Ontario’s Growth Plan
- Add accommodation to other land uses, for example above transit facilities
Doug Ford has no plan to solve the housing crisis.
We need real leadership to solve the growing housing affordability crisis.
We know what the solutions are. Let’s get to work.”