The Ontario government says Bill 23 will build 1.5 million homes. But who will inhabit them?
Not us, say people who gathered for a protest on November 18 outside the constituency office of a Scarborough MP in Wexford Heights.
For ACORN Canada supporters and other tenant advocates, the More Homes Built Faster Act is an attack on low-income people to support developers.
Toronto councilors, meeting to begin a new term Nov. 24, were set to hear that the Progressive Conservative legislation will cost the city $230 million a year and jeopardize its Housing Now and Open Door programs for affordable housing.
The bill would limit Toronto’s inclusive zoning for affordable housing to 5% and drop their affordable status after 25 years, Bernadette Mamo said.
Mamo rents an old apartment in Scarborough Center protected by the city’s rental housing replacement policy – which has seen 2,200 rental units replaced in five years. She fears that Bill 23 could allow a landlord to kick out his family.
If that happens, Mamo, who is on a fixed income and is retiring next year, thinks it will be impossible for her to afford life in Toronto, and she is not the only tenant at risk.
“A lot of people don’t realize they’re in the line of fire,” Mamo said next to MLA David Smith’s office in Wexford Heights.
ACORN delivered a letter to Smith, the recently elected Progressive Conservative MP for Scarborough Centre. He did not respond to requests for comment.
Fizza Khalid of the Scarborough Environmental Association said the only way to help the environment is to increase housing density in cities, but she said she believed the Progressive Conservative government and developers wanted instead build more suburban sprawl in Ontario’s Greenbelt.
“I have a full-time job; I went to college. I can’t even afford housing,” Khalid said.
“You expect me to move to the Greenbelt.”
That’s why a lot of people don’t care about politics, argued Khalid, who said he believes Toronto Mayor John Tory — despite his promises to the contrary — doesn’t care about affordable housing — and works with it. the province to support Bill 23.
Some 285,000 homes are expected to be built in Toronto after Bill 23 passes third reading and comes into force.
In briefing notes for council, Acting City Manager Tracey Cook said reductions in development fees and parks requirements will reduce Toronto’s revenue and make it more difficult to maintain services or payment for infrastructure or new accommodation spaces.
The province would define affordability based on market rents rather than household income, as the city currently does.
Community benefits charges for developments would also be reduced, the notes said.
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