FRPO Welcomes Public Consultations to Improve Access to Affordable Housing

April 15, 2015 – The Federation of Rental-Providers of Ontario (FRPO) is welcoming yesterday’s announcement that the Ontario government is launching consultations to support a renewed Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy.

FRPO is supportive of the province’s renewed efforts at updating the Long-Term  Affordable Housing Strategy so that housing policies are relevant to current realities and reflect new research, best practices, and the housing needs of Ontarians.

“Housing affordability has been a complex and difficult issue for governments over time”, said Scott Andison, President & CEO of FRPO. “FRPO and its private sector members are committed to working with the government and other organizations to support solutions that will provide more quality housing that people can afford”

The government’s announcement is timely, as the number of renter households in Ontario has increased by 77,000 from 2006 to 2011, the first such increase in over two decades. Meanwhile, over 255,000 Ontario households are considered by CMHC to be in core housing need.

To help advance evidence-based solutions to housing affordability, FRPO will be advocating for:

  • Removal of barriers to new rental housing, through fairer development charges, planning fees and property taxation
  • Implementation of a monthly housing benefit to boost direct financial assistancefor low-income renter households
  • Preservation of the post-1991 new rental development policy
  • Protecting rental housing from municipal licensing fees, which raise rents and discourage investment

About FRPO

The Federation of Rental-housing Providers of Ontario (FRPO) is the province’s leading advocate for quality rental housing. FRPO represents over 2,200 rental housing providers who supply and manage homes for over 350,000 tenant households across Ontario.