Ontario Reveals More Homes, More Choice: A Housing Supply Action Plan

Published on May 02, 2019

Hamilton - Our government is committed to helping people struggling to find affordable housing that fits their family budget. We have put forward a plan that will bring real relief and real choice to people in Hamilton and the surrounding communities.

More Homes, More Choice: Ontario’s Housing Supply Action Plan will tackle Ontario’s housing crisis. With this plan, our government is encouraging our housing and building partners to do their part to build more housing that meets the needs of people here in Flamborough-Glanbrook and across the province. We will encourage industry to address challenges like affordability, size of rental units, and housing type. 

“Finding a home is a challenge for many in Flamborough-Glanbrook because the building process takes too long and costs too much,” said MPP Donna Skelly. “Our plan will make it easier to build the right type of homes in the right places; giving people more flexibility and helping them find a home they can afford. I believe this will be very helpful to young people and to new families.”

The previous government created a complex housing development system that is impossible to navigate. Red tape and government fees can add years of paperwork and thousands of dollars to the cost of an average home, which drives prices up for renters and buyers alike. 

The new measures proposed in More Homes, More Choice would streamline the overly complicated approvals process to remove unnecessary duplication and red tape, while protecting health and safety, a vibrant agricultural sector and the environment – including the Greenbelt.

“People need affordable places to live – whether they rent or own – that meet their needs at every stage of life”, said Skelly. “For some, that’s a home with an extra bedroom for visiting family members, or an affordable place on a bus route or near the local school.”

Encouraging builders to build a mix of different types of housing – from family-sized condos, starter townhouses, to mid-rise rentals and more will help people get into homes. Our government also wants to convert old, vacant buildings into new modern homes and expand existing neighbourhoods, while protecting their character.  

You can find more information on “More Homes, More Choice” here.