- Community Engagement
So far this year, CreateTO, City Planning and the Housing Secretariat have held eight community consultation meetings to engage residents in the communities surrounding a number of Housing Now sites across the city, with several more being planned in the coming weeks and months.
Housing Now is a City-wide initiative with 17 locations across Toronto which will deliver new affordable housing within mixed-income, mixed-use developments to support complete communities on City-owned land.
In January 2019, City Council identified 11 sites to kick-off the program. Six additional sites were added by City Council in May 2020. The 17 Housing Now sites will create approximately 13,292 new residential units, of which an estimated 4,951 will be affordable rental units.
In 2021, online community consultation sessions have been held on 405 Sherbourne Street (two meetings), 1631 Queen Street East (two meetings), 150 Queens Wharf Road (two meetings), 2444 Eglinton Avenue East and 158 Borough Drive (two meetings), all of which are part of Phase 2. We also held the third and final community consultation meeting for Bloor-Kipling and Bloor-Islington, both of which were included in Phase 1.
Following the advice of our Medical Officer of Health, all community consultation meetings took place and will continue to take place virtually in order to practice physical distancing to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Those interested in taking part in the community consultation meetings are able to join by phone, or online. Please keep an eye on the specific project webpages for site-specific details on how to join any upcoming virtual community consultation meetings.
Further community consultations will take place later this year. Make sure to check back on the Housing Now website for updates or opt-in to receive updates through the opt-in form on the homepage.
Housing Now is part of the HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan and will help the City in achieving its target of approving 40,000 affordable rental and supportive homes by 2030. For more information about Housing Now please click here.