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Affordable and Seniors' Housing Task Force

Durham Regional Council established an Affordable and Seniors' Housing Task Force to review information related to the Region's current rental housing supply, consider the input of industry experts, facilitate public information sharing, and explore best practices being used by other municipalities and organizations.

The Task Force's focus is 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.

Members of the Affordable and Seniors' Housing Task Force are:

  • Roger Anderson, Regional Chair and Chief Executive Officer
  • David Pickles, Chair of Health & Social Services Committee and City of Pickering Regional Councillor
  • Bob Chapman, Chair of the Finance & Administration Committee and City of Oshawa Regional Councillor
  • Colleen Jordan, Town of Ajax Regional Councillor
  • John Grant, Township of Brock Mayor
  • Adrian Foster, Municipality of Clarington Mayor
  • Dan Carter, City of Oshawa Regional Councillor
  • Dave Ryan, City of Pickering Mayor
  • Bobbie Drew, Township of Scugog Regional Councillor
  • Jack Ballinger, Township of Uxbridge Regional Councillor
  • Elizabeth Roy, Town of Whitby Regional Councillor

The work of the task force will be supported by an inter-departmental staff group led by the Region's Social Services Department.

You can learn more about its goals, mandate and activities by accessing the Affordable and Seniors' Housing Task Force Terms of Reference.

Additional Information

Affordable, accessible and suitable housing is essential for healthy communities, and strong and vibrant neighbourhoods. On March 14, 2016, 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 Region of Durham’s Affordable and Seniors’ Task Force will identify strategies that support the creation and maintenance of affordable and seniors’ housing, as set out in the Durham Region Strategic Plan 2015-2019, Regional Official Plan, and At Home in Durham, the Durham Housing Plan 2014-2024.

Next steps

The Affordable and Seniors’ Housing Task Force collected feedback from residents, other levels of government, businesses and organizations on how to increase the supply of affordable rental housing and seniors’ housing options in Durham Region. This feedback will be considered in the Task Force's report to Regional Council in fall 2017. Thank you to all participants—your input is valuable.