Pressure on province to release land for affordable housing

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Mayor John Tory is pushing for it

Toronto Mayor John Tory pushing for the province to release surplus land for affordable housing.

Tory made the request in a meeting with Finance Minister Charles Sousa Monday.

“One thing I have said we can do, and this is a point I made with the minister, is we can work harder at increasing housing supply, especially affordable rental and ownership housing options,” Tory said.

“With the stroke of a pen, Minister Sousa and his colleagues could give thousands of families a chance to live a more affordable life here in Toronto if we could get on with some of those projects on current provincial — I’ll call it surplus — land,” he said.

Speaking with reporters Monday, the mayor said he wants to see some of the land the province owns transformed into new, vibrant neighbourhoods.

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“The province owns surplus land — for example in the West Don Lands — and it could be used right now to help us create new neighbourhoods in this city consisting largely of affordable housing and adding to our affordable housing supply.”

Tory says he is looking at two specific sources of information to help address the housing issue.

Tory is currently in India on a city business mission for the next 10 days. Meantime, the finance minister says he is working on stabilizing the price of housing.

The Ministry of Housing says it has invested in affordable housing, with plans to do more. Maybe Mayor Tory could get some ideas on city housing after touring cities like Mumbai and Delhi. – CINEWS

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