Province promises new rules to force more affordable housing

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Ted McMeekin says the Liberals will pass inclusionary zoning legislation

By Samantha Craggs

Ontario has pledged new legislation that would give Hamilton the ability to demand that developers build more affordable housing — a move at least one city councillor says will help ease the city’s housing crunch.

Ted McMeekin, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and MPP for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale, announced an update to the province’s long-term affordable housing strategy on Monday morning.

In doing so, he pledged inclusionary zoning legislation. Such legislation would give cities, including Hamilton, the ability to demand that a certain percentage of a new development is affordable housing.

That’s welcome news for Hamilton, which has 5,700 households on its social housing wait list. The city’s hot real estate market has caused an affordable housing crunch, advocates say. But city council has lacked strong enough tools to force developers to build affordable units.

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Article and image source: CBC Hamilton

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