“The Time for Inclusionary Zoning is NOW”

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 Community Groups across Ontario Tell the Province
“The Time for Inclusionary Zoning is NOW”
Hamilton has missed out on 3,000 affordable housing in the last 12 years

March 11th, 2016 (Hamilton, ON) – Dozens of community groups and networks across Ontario are urging the Province to stop blocking municipalities from adopting inclusionary zoning policies to build desperately needed affordable housing. Through inclusionary zoning policies, cities and regions can create thousands of units of affordable housing within each new residential development.

“The province has stalled long enough, the time is now for policies like inclusionary zoning to help all neighbourhoods become welcoming to residents of all incomes. If inclusionary zoning had been in place over the last 12 years, the City of Hamilton would have created about 3,000 units of affordable housing in neighbourhoods across the city. Instead, provincial and federal funding has only led to the creation of 812 new units of affordable housing in Hamilton in the last dozen years,” said Social Planning and Research Council Executive Director Don Jaffray.

For over a decade, municipalities, planners and community organizations have asked the provincial government to pass enabling legislation to allow municipalities to adopt inclusionary zoning policies. Today 57 organizations from across Ontario have written a letter to Minister Ted McMeekin to ask him to act on his promise that supporters of inclusionary zoning would be waiting “not much longer” for the legislation to come forward.

The City of Hamilton’s Housing and Homelessness Action Plan calls on the provincial government to give the city the power to adopt an inclusionary housing by-law. There are currently approximately 5,700 households on Hamilton Access to Housing waitlist for affordable housing.

There are already two private members’ bills (Bill 3 and Bill 39) on inclusionary zoning before the provincial legislature. In the latest effort, fifty-seven community groups across the province, including the Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton, have called on the Ontario government to move one of these bills forward before June 9 when the legislature breaks for the summer and give municipalities these important powers.

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