Doug Ford’s housing bill has ‘nothing’ to guarantee more affordable housing, says report

Chief planner and other officials want city council to urge the province to put the “More Homes Built Faster Act” on hold until at least the end of July.

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DougFordsPetBee
DougFordsPetBee
316 · 14 days ago · Reddit

Is anyone thinking that the developer mafia actually wants to substantially lower housing prices? lol.

BastFromThe6ix
BastFromThe6ix
79 · 14 days ago · Reddit

Of course not. Conservatives don't care about housing Us folks - only in ensuring that Their folks make mega bucks. In Ontario, over the past 30 years, conservative governments have downloaded all non-profit housing to municipalities including their own woefully mismanaged and crumbling Ontario Housing buildings. They killed the co-op housing program. Co-ops built before then continue to exist and provide decent and affordable housing and communities with housing charges well below "market" because grotesque profits aren't built in. Imagine how many tens of thousands of co-op or non-profit units could have been added to our housing stock. They gutted protections for tenants including rent control proving they obviously don't care about doing anything for what is still the majority of people in our province. And anyone who is awake not only knows about the lack of housing for seniors but also the condition and lack of proper funding of our existing long term care homes. Fortunately for them, their mismanagement of the pandemic and the health-care system will kill most of us seniors off so that will nicely take care of any need for future planning in that regard. But hey - let's not let people in communities have a say in what gets built. Let's destroy the Green Belt and critical farmland. Let's give our developer friends whatever concessions they want. Look at our progress in building housing. The bottom line is who the hell is going to be able to afford to live in those homes with their inflated prices. Certainly not We The Folks.

kakodaimonon
kakodaimonon
78 · 14 days ago · Reddit

Affordable housing means his friends and campaign donors make less money, he'd never do that.

Hrmbee
Hrmbee
45 · 14 days ago · Reddit

The assessment by officials including chief planner Gregg Lintern, made public Tuesday, sharpens and expands upon a city staff briefing note issued last week that warned the “More Homes Built Faster Act” could harm the city’s ability to build new affordable rentals and homeless shelters.

“While the intent of the Bill — to create more housing — is laudable, there is nothing in the bill that guarantees that additional housing will be built,” the report states.

The focus on reducing developers’ costs and approval timelines does not address complex factors including interest rates, financing and labour supplies, it says.

Nor does Bill 23 ensure any new housing is not too expensive for most Torontonians, city staff say, and threatens to undermine city programs underway to increase the supply of affordable homes for purchase or rent.

“There is nothing in the Bill compelling a developer to advance an approval to construction or to pass forward any cost savings to consumers; developers sell housing at the price that the market will bear …” the report states.

“There is nothing in the Bill to address the issue of affordability within the market.”

This message really needs to make it out to the public at large. If we're serious about the affordability crisis in our city, then we need to be willing to undertake the complex and messy work that will be needed to address the many underlying and interrelated issues that are helping to make things worse. Quick slapdash solutions like what has been proposed by the province will do very little to address these issues.

attainwealthswiftly
attainwealthswiftly
26 · 14 days ago · Reddit

Damn too bad we didn’t have a chance to vote him out last year…. Wait what?

1000Hells1GiftShop
1000Hells1GiftShop
25 · 14 days ago · Reddit

Conservatism is class warfare AGAINST the people.

Only a fucking idiot would support conservatism given the preponderance of evidence available

spr402
spr402
14 · 14 days ago · Reddit

ford not his buddies don’t want affordable housing.

They want huge McMansions that people will pay through the nose for.

The more money the developers make, the more they can donate to ford and co.

Chris_90_TO
Chris_90_TO
13 · 14 days ago · Reddit

Bill 23 should be called "More Million Dollar Homes Faster by Sprawling into the Greenbelt Act"

Libbys_Reddit
Libbys_Reddit
6 · 14 days ago · Reddit

I am so fortunate to only have to pay just over $1,100.00 per month for a two-bedroom. I wanted to downsize to a one-bedroom but, that would have cost me over $2,000.00 per month in the same building. I will die here... gif Edited to add: I did think about buying a place here in Toronto, once, but then I laughed and moved on...

jkozuch
jkozuch
6 · 14 days ago · Reddit

Conservatives only care about their developer buddies. They don't care about building affordable housing.

Tigger1964
Tigger1964
5 · 14 days ago · Reddit

Problem is housing is sold on the open market. Even if the gov't gave the developers the land and made them reduce the price accordingly, that person will be able to resell the house at market rates and pocket the subsidies.

The only way to actually have affordable housing is to use a model similar to what is used on Toronto Island... the house is ultimately under gov't control and can only be sold at pre-determined fixed rates.

vvomit
vvomit
5 · 14 days ago · Reddit

Wow that is so crazy and unexpected, I never thought a politician could be bought out by corporations and as a result would only vie for legislation that benefits them. Politicians are always good and trustworthy and would never become corrupt or greedy, I am very shocked.

scarborough70yr
scarborough70yr
5 · 14 days ago · Reddit

Building homes faster..WTF.. inspection hmmm maybe, building codes follow…let’s cut corners. That’s what us normal people should expect. But what KING FORD’S planned isn’t for us…To the newcomers to this country, it takes at least 3-4 years to get basically a good job they like and affordable rent.. they can’t purchased a house. Unless they have money in their country…