Affordable Housing at the Pan Am Games Village
The province is supporting new affordable rental and home ownership units in the Athletes' Village for use after the 2015 Pan / Parapan Am Games. The project includes 253 affordable rental units and up to 100 affordable home ownership units.
Residents will include seniors, families and individuals living on low incomes, Aboriginal families and individuals, and persons with disabilities.
Selection of the Housing Providers
Fred Victor and Wigwamen Incorporated were selected as the successful non-profit housing providers following a request for proposals process.
There will be two affordable rental housing buildings which will include 108 and 145 units respectively:
A minimum of 10 per cent of all affordable housing units will be fully accessible.
Recognizing our Athletes
A key games legacy objective is the inclusion of Canada's nationally-carded athletes and para-athletes as residents in the affordable rental housing buildings. Permanent housing for athletes provides a positive contribution to the character and vitality of the future community. These athletes and para-athletes can be important role models, particularly for children and youth living in the community.
Each of the proponents will be required to enter into a referral agreement with Olympic partner organizations (Canadian Olympic Committee, the Canadian Paralympic Committee and Canadian Sport Centre Ontario).
The estimated requirement for the number of units to be made available to athletes is approximately 10 per cent of the total units, made up as follows:
• four per cent one-bedroom units
• four per cent two-bedroom units
• two per cent three-bedroom units
Affordable Ownership Units
Provincial funding is being made available to assist low- to moderate-income renter households purchase condominium units in the Athletes' Village. Down payment assistance is in the form of a forgivable loan and is equal to 10 per cent of the purchase price of the unit.
Interested purchasers must be at least 18 years of age and vacating a rental tenancy. Total household income must be below the 60th income percentile for the Greater Toronto Area, or $82,600, and interested purchasers must neither own a home nor have an ownership interest in a home.
Dundee Kilmer Developments, the builder and financer of the project, will work with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing to sell the affordable ownership units.
Fred Victor Centre
Fred Victor is a Toronto-based housing and community service organization that works with people who are experiencing poverty and homelessness. It is a diverse, multi-faceted organization providing services to single adults, families, couples, newcomers, seniors and persons with disabilities and other support needs.
Serving 8,000 people each year across 10 service locations, Fred Victor has deep roots in the downtown Toronto community that date back to its founding in 1894 as a church outreach mission. Programs include supportive housing, shelter services, employment and training programs, community health programs, food services, community economic development initiatives, individual support and case management services, and a variety of community and personal development programming including arts, photography, community gardens and a newsletter and media projects.
Fred Victor works closely with a wide variety of funders, including the City of Toronto and the Ontario government, to plan and deliver highly effective and coordinated services. It also receives considerable support from many individuals, corporations and foundations.
With its building in the new West Don Lands community, Fred Victor has partnered with several agencies to ensure that lower income, working households, individuals with physical disabilities, veterans, and seniors have access to high quality, well-maintained affordable housing.
With almost 200 staff plus 200 volunteers and numerous community partners, Fred Victor is committed to creating and sustaining a Toronto that provides everyone with an affordable home and the opportunity to participate and contribute to our society.
Incorporated in 1972, Wigwamen Incorporated has provided affordable housing mainly to the Aboriginal community in Toronto for 40 years.
A non-profit, charitable organization, Wigwamen currently owns and operates 484 non-profit housing units in the City of Toronto.
Included in its portfolio is Wigwamen Waabnong, an award-winning 92-unit affordable and transitional housing project located at 20 Sewells Road, and Wigwamen Terrace, a 104-unit building for Aboriginal elders located in downtown Toronto; as well as a mixture of single family detached, semi-detached, triplex, fourplex, and other multiple unit homes.
Most recently, Wigwamen partnered with the YWCA of Greater Toronto in its development of the 300-unit YWCA Elm Centre, and has a referral agreement for Winona's Place, the YWCA Elm Centre's 50-unit building, which provides housing for Aboriginal women and women-led households.
With its building in the new West Don Lands community, Wigwamen will provide housing to the Aboriginal community and has partnered with the Ontario March of Dimes to provide access to people with disabilities, including international calibre athletes, as well as Accommodation Information and Support Inc. (AIS), an organization committed to providing supportive housing to individuals and families so they can live independently.
Affordable Housing in Ontario
Since 2003, with our federal and municipal partners, the province has committed more than $2.5 billion to affordable housing, which is more than any previous government in Ontario's history. These projects have created more than 40,000 jobs and 270,000 units have been built or repaired.
The province's Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy sets a strong foundation for a more efficient and accessible affordable housing system in Ontario.