Statement by Minister Clark for National Housing Day
TORONTO - Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, issued the following statement in recognition of National Housing Day:
"National Housing Day is a day to reflect on the importance of having a place to call home. Because homes are more than just bricks and mortar - they are the foundation to raising happy, healthy families.
More Homes, More Choice: Ontario's Housing Supply Action Plan cuts through red tape to make it easier to build more homes, more quickly - because our government believes everyone deserves a place to call home - one that meets their needs and their budget.
A strong and effective community housing system is vital to making this a reality for the 250,000 families and individuals across Ontario who live in community housing. That's why we launched our Community Housing Renewal Strategy to help sustain, repair and grow Ontario's community housing system.
We're simplifying how rent is calculated, so it's easier for tenants to predict their monthly rent, and so housing providers can spend more time with their community and less time on paperwork.
We're removing rules that penalize people for working more hours or going back to school, so they can seek opportunities, further their education, accept work and become economically self-sufficient.
And we're protecting tenants who receive child support by excluding those payments from their rent calculations.
All of this will help people who rely on community housing, making the system more stable and sustainable for the future.
I've been to many community housing events and conferences over the past few months, where I heard that our government's actions are making a difference. But there is more to do to transform Ontario's fragmented and inefficient community housing system into one that is more streamlined, sustainable and ready to help the people who need it most.
As we move forward, our decisions will be based on four core principles: first, people should be matched with housing based on their needs; second, supports and services should be flexible to meet local realities; third, we need strong and effective relationships between all levels of government, housing providers and tenants; and fourth, our approach should promote innovation and help housing providers build long-term sustainability.
People who live, work and volunteer in the community housing sector care deeply about their communities and are dedicated to helping people find the housing they need. On National Housing Day, our government recommits to consulting and working with all of our partners. Together, we will create a community housing system that is sustainable today, tomorrow and for years to come, and there to help people who need it most."