AMO has an interest in the outcome of Bill 184 given that housing pressures are most keenly felt locally and the unique municipal role for housing in the province. Ontario is the only Canadian province or territory where municipal governments are responsible for the funding of community housing. Municipal government taxpayers contribute about $1.8 billion towards it annually.
Municipal governments are responsible for local planning and the implementation of the Ontario Building Code. Municipal governments also pride themselves in being stewards of complete communities that provide a wide range of housing options for residents. While all municipal governments contribute to housing development, 47 of these, including District Social Service Administration Boards (DSSABs) in northern Ontario, are specifically designated as Service System Managers. These play a unique role in Canada to co-fund, plan, manage, and administer community housing. They also develop affordable housing stock and deliver homelessness prevention programs.
Read AMO's Submission re Bill 184, the Protecting Tenants and Strengthening Community Housing Act