Close the Housing Gap Day at Queen’s Park
Wednesday March 19, 2014
Please join us to Close the Housing Gap at Queen’s Park by attending Question Period and/or arranging a meeting with your MPP.
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Question Period
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Meetings with MPPs
To participate contact email@example.com or 416-392-4223 by Wednesday March 12. TTC tokens will be provided. For more information about Close the Housing Gap go to www.putpeoplefirst.ca.
Mayors say cities held back by housing costs and transportation gridlock
OTTAWA - Canada's Big City Mayors' Caucus (BCMC) today said that Canada must unlock the full potential of its cities in order to win the global race for investment, talent and jobs and protect its quality of life. The mayors called on provincial, territorial and federal partners to work with cities to fix the affordable housing shortage and improve aging transportation systems, two key impediments to growth.
The call came as BCMC members gathered at Ottawa City Hall today for their semi-annual meeting.
"The national housing crunch and traffic gridlock are holding our cities back," said BCMC Chair and Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson. "We need to fix this because our future depends on keeping our cities strong."
Across Canada one-third of municipal roads need significant repairs. Every year, traffic costs the economy $10 billion in lost productivity and the average commuter spends 34 days in their car. The high-costs of home ownership and shortages of affordable and rental housing are pushing Canadians deeper into debt, and pushing the most vulnerable on to the street.
"This year's federal budget was a missed opportunity to deliver real solutions to Canada's housing crunch, and while we're glad that the new Building Canada Fund is one step closer to reality, we're concerned it won't do enough to improve transit and shorten commutes" said Mayor Robertson. "We need to help cities drive Canada's prosperity by working together and taking immediate action on transportation and housing."
The BCMC is calling for Canada to take practical steps to build stronger cities and a stronger economy.
First, federal and provincial governments must guarantee a lion's share of the New Building Canada Fund for municipal projects, including public transit. Second, the federal government must take action to avert a housing disaster by developing a long-term housing plan for next year's budget that will make life more affordable for Canadians and reverse the withdrawal of existing federal social housing investments worth $1.7 billion per year.
The caucus passed a resolution calling on Canada Post to stop its plan to eliminate door-to-delivery until municipal concerns have been fully addressed through meaningful consultations. The mayors also objected to proposed new federal funding rules that would make it more difficult to meet local needs in areas such as roads, and sports and recreation.
The BCMC represents 22 of the largest cities in Canada which, collectively, are home to more than 65 per cent of Canada's population.
Link to FCM Website
2013 Diversity Scholarship Awards Night Photo Album
2013 Diversity Scholarship Winners Biography
Close the Housing Gap Rally November 20, 2013
The Rally to Close the Housing Gap took off from Toronto at 7:30 a.m. and arrived at 1:00 p.m. at Ottawa. It then proceeded up onto Parliament Hill and gathers at Eternal Flame.
Among the attending politicians and community leasers and partners were Councillor Bailao- City of Toronto, Gene Jones- President and CEO, Toronto Community Housing, Sherri Williams- Toronto Community Housing Tenant, and Domanique Gran- President, Co-operative Housing Federation of Toronto.
To view the list of attended politicians, please click here.
to view the agenda and the list of speakers, please click here.
2013 CHFT Members' Meeting- October 30, 2013- Oakham House
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Flower Garden at Hospital Workers' Co-op
2013 Co-op Gardens Photos Album
2013 Century of Co-operation Awards Photo Album
City Council passes the motion in support of co-op housing on July 16, 2013
Notice of Motion
Reinvestment of Federal Funding to Federally Administered Co-operative Housing - by Councillor Frances Nunziata, seconded by Councillor Ana Bailão
Notice of this Motion has been given.
This Motion is subject to referral to the Executive Committee. A two-thirds vote is required to waive referral.
- Councillor Frances Nunziata, seconded by Councillor Ana Bailão, recommends that:
- City Council urge the Federal Government to reinvest savings from expiring co-operative housing agreements back into social housing capital repairs and into maintaining rent-geared-to-income housing.
- City Council work in partnership with the Co-operative Housing Federation of Toronto, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and other stakeholders to advocate to the Federal Government to direct operating funds back into social housing and secure a national housing strategy.
On October 30, 2012 City Council committed to reducing the City's funding burden for social housing with the adoption of the Special Housing Working Group's report Putting People First, Transforming Toronto Community Housing. On June 24, 2013, the City of Toronto and Toronto Community Housing launched Close the Housing Gap, a two-year advocacy campaign to persuade the federal and provincial governments to accept responsibility for funding social housing.
The Federal Government currently invests $1.7 billion nationally in social housing to support some 605,000 households. Without the reinvestment of funding federal funding support for existing social housing federal funding will decrease to zero by 2031.
As the mortgages are paid out, operating agreements expire and federal funding for social housing stops. While housing providers will not be paying down a mortgage after the operating agreement ends, they will require funds for investment in the repair of aging buildings and subsidies to provide affordable housing for low income tenants.
Along with Toronto Community Housing and other non-profit housing providers, federally-administered co-operative housing is already being impacted by the withdrawal of federal funds.
Federally-administered co-operative housing contributes significantly to the amount of rent-geared-to-income housing in Toronto. By 2030, the withdrawal of federal funding will result in a loss of 2,176 subsidized units for low-income tenants in 82 housing co-operatives across Toronto. Another 7,571 households will be placed at risk due to the loss of funding for repairs and maintenance on their homes.
A federal-provincial-territorial social housing working group is currently reviewing the funding impact of the expiration of federal operating agreements. It is therefore timely and urgent that Toronto City Council add its voice to the campaign urging the Federal Government to reinvest funding into social housing, including federally administered co-operative housing.
(Submitted to City Council on July 16 and 17, 2013 as MM37.22)
Member Motion MM37.22
What Co-ops Want After the End of the Operating Agreements- CHFT
Many non-profit housing providers and housing co-ops in Toronto and across Canada have long-term operating agreements with the federal government. Through these agreements, non-profits and co-ops receive subsidy funding from the federal government to provide low and modest income residents with rent-geared-to-income (RGI) affordable housing.
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For more information, please visit Government Relations web page on CHFT's web site.
We need to work together to create a campaign for affordable co-op and non-profit housing in the post-agreement period. This is an invitation to all co-ops and co-op members to take part. What you can do:
- Discuss this issue in your co-op, with your board and at your members’ meetings.
- Share your ideas and give us your feedback on this discussion paper.
- Sign up to receive further information and action alerts.
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Protecting Co-op Affordability- CHFT Canada
The campaign to help low-income Canadians whose housing is threatened by expiring federal operating agreements.
In the coming years, 20,759 federally-funded co op households under all federal programs, representing 51,898 low-income Canadians, are at risk of being lost.
This is the most important issue facing Canada’s co-operative housing movement.
In order to maintain our successful model of diversity and inclusiveness, we need to maintain rent-geared-to-income (RGI) subsidies for low-income Canadians living in co-op communities across the country.
The lives of thousands of vulnerable people – including seniors, new Canadians, aboriginal people and persons with mental and physical disabilities – will be drastically harmed if action is not taken.
Time is Running Out
Less than seven years from now (by 2020), most of the existing co-op homes currently affordable for low-income residents will become unaffordable if governments across the country do not work together to protect housing affordability.
We are already losing some of these affordable co-op homes. Several tables on this web site outline how many co-op homes could be lost when agreements end each year.
Part of a Bigger Crisis
The problem does not only threaten co-op households. Across Canada, there are 200,000 vulnerable households (housing approximately 500,000 Canadians) in co op, non-profit and public housing whose assistance will be cut when federal operating agreements with these housing providers end.
According to CMHC’s Main Estimates for 2013-14, there will be a $23.3 million decrease in funding as long-term operating agreements end for low-income households in social housing projects, including non-profit housing co-ops. As operating agreements continue to end (and the annual assistance continues to decline), there will be less and less funding available for housing providers to provide affordable housing for Canadians in housing need.
For more information click to visit CHFT Canada's web site.
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Why your co-op should go through the 20/20 Vision Process
What is in your co-op’s future? Do you want your co-op to be the great community where people live together and feel good about your homes? The 2020 Vision is a process that will help your co-op look clearly at your community values, the quality of your management, governance and environmental sustainability.
Once you see all of this clearly, you can create a vision and plan for your own future.
The program aims to have all co-ops meet high standards of operation, whether you are coming out of your operating agreement or not. If you start planning for your future now, you are building a sound foundation for the future. Meeting these high standards of operation means that we can keep the housing we have, and secure it for the future.
CHFT offers expert support to get your co-op pointed in the right direction and keep it the strong, stable community ready for the future. For more information or to book someone to come to your co-op to help you through the process, please call Michelle Arscott at 416-465-8688 extension 207 or e-mail to email@example.com.
The 2020 Compass
Charting a course for your co-op’s future
2020 Vision has one purpose: to help your co-op map a bright future. It’s about having a well-run, well-led co-op that’s a great community for the members.
What Co-ops Want After the End of the Operating Agreements
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Subsidies in The Post Operating Agreement World
PowerPoint Presentation made to members of Scarborough Co-ops about what the impact will be of the End of the Operating Agreements on subsidy.
Inexpensive Help for Seniors and Adults with Disabilities
CHFT has found out about two programs which provide inexpensive, practical help for seniors and adults with disabilities.
These two programs SAINTS and TIGP are supported by the Ministry of Health and the City of Toronto. The goal is to help people live in their own homes with assistance. Both programs connect high school students with people who need help completing housing chores. The programs expect the user to pay students $10 per hour for their services, which are to be done after school and on weekends.
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CHFT Charitable Fund Board of Directors
Left to right Cyesha Forde, Kumail Karimjee (President), Felicia Davis, Aarne Juhola (Corporate Secretary), Lily Ng (Treasurer), Janet Gardiner, Donna Charbonneau
CHFT AGM on May 16, 2013
2013 CHFT Board of Directors
From left to right: Bob Wiseman (CoAction, Main Gerrard Co-op Manager), Zabeda Oumer-Haji (New
Hibret Co-op), Allison Chase (Ramer's Wood Co-op), Domanique Grant, President(Atkinson Co-op), Angelica Batalla, Corporate Secretary (Bleecker Street Co-op), Lindsay Denise, Treasurer (Black Creek Co-op), Michelle Maldonado, Vice President (Swansea Village Co-op), Front row: Rahima Mulla, Vice President (Ernescliffe Co-op), Absent: Onik Khan.
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