Ontario Government releases public survey on housing supply
A strong demand for housing and limited supply in Ontario has resulted in rapidly rising housing costs over the last few years. In high-growth urban areas, high prices and rents have made it too hard for people to afford the housing they need. High prices also affect other parts of Ontario, including northern and rural communities, where a lack of supply has made ownership more difficult and quality rental housing hard to find. To help increase the supply of housing in Ontario, the government is developing a Housing Supply Action Plan that will address the barriers getting in the way of new ownership and rental housing.
To inform the Action Plan, the government wants to hear the views of all Ontarians on how to expand the housing supply in Ontario. Your input will provide important information about how we can make it easier for Ontarians to find an affordable place to call home.
Housing is one of the largest cost burdens for households in Ontario, and an imbalance between strong demand for housing and limited supply means these costs have risen dramatically over the last few years. Across Ontario – in both urban and rural communities – high prices and rents have made it hard for people to afford the housing they need.
Creating more housing, of the types and sizes people need, will help make home ownership and renting more affordable and give people more choice.
The government is developing a Housing Supply Action Plan to address the barriers to creating more housing. It will include measures that the Province can take to increase the supply of new ownership and rental housing in Ontario.
The Housing Supply Action Plan will support the government’s commitment to reduce red tape and make it easier to live and do business in Ontario.
This consultation does not cover initiatives specifically related to community housing (e.g., social and supportive housing). However, the barriers and potential solutions being explored may have a positive impact on community housing providers, such as by either making it easier to develop new housing, or by easing some of the pressure on waitlists.
More information about the Housing Supply Action Plan — and a direct link to the survey — is available via the province’s official website, linked here.