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News Release

Regional Council approves Terms of Reference for new Affordable and Seniors’ Housing Task Force

WHITBY, ON June 30, 2016

Durham Regional Council adopted the Terms of Reference for a new Affordable and Seniors’ Housing Task Force. The task force will review information related to the Region’s current rental housing supply, consider the input of industry experts, and explore best practices being used by other municipalities and organizations.

“In our updated Durham Region strategic plan, Regional Council made a commitment to reduce homelessness and consider innovative options for affordable housing,” said Roger Anderson, Regional Chair and Chief Executive Officer. “The new task force will continue this dialogue and establish a strategic direction to support our growing region.”

On March 14, the Government of Ontario released an update to Ontario’s Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy (first introduced in November 2010). This update provides a framework to support the review of opportunities related to the supply of affordable and seniors’ housing across Durham Region.

The task force meetings will focus on:

  • Committee Education—reviewing information on the status of the Region’s current rental housing supply and existing housing-related policy tools.
  • Information Sharing—considering information on housing policy, the Durham Region Strategic Plan 2015-2019, the Regional Official Plan, and At Home in Durham, the Durham Housing Plan 2014-2024; examining the available tools for municipalities to support existing social housing units; and encouraging new, affordable rental developments.
  • Fostering Collaboration—collaborating with the federal and provincial governments, area municipalities, Durham residents, financial and housing development industries, as well as other businesses, agencies and institutions.

The following members were appointed to the Affordable and Seniors’ Housing Task Force: Roger Anderson, Regional Chair and Chief Executive Officer; Regional Councillor David Pickles, Chair of the Health & Social Services Committee; Regional Councillor Bob Chapman, Chair of the Finance & Administration Committee; Town of Ajax Regional Councillor Colleen Jordan; Township of Brock Mayor John Grant; Municipality of Clarington Mayor Adrian Foster; City of Oshawa Regional Councillor Dan Carter; City of Pickering Mayor Dave Ryan; Township of Scugog Regional Councillor Bobbie Drew; Township of Uxbridge Regional Councillor Jack Ballinger; and Town of Whitby Regional Councillor Elizabeth Roy. The work of the task force will be supported by an inter-departmental staff group led by the Region’s Social Services Department. 

The task force will report back to Durham Regional Council in fall 2016 on recommended strategies related to the creation and maintenance of affordable and seniors’ housing, in order to inform the 2017 Regional Social Housing Servicing and Financing Study.

For more information on the Affordable and Seniors’ Housing Task Force, or to access a copy of the Terms of Reference, please visit www.durham.ca.

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