Published by Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing on December 6, 2021

Note: OAHS CEO Justin Marchand has been appointed one of the members of this vital task force.

TORONTO ― Ontario has appointed nine members to a new Housing Affordability Task Force who will provide the government with recommendations on additional measures to address market housing supply and affordability.

“Young families, seniors and all hardworking Ontarians are desperate for housing that meets their needs and budget,” said Premier Doug Ford. “At a time when our government is hard at work building an economy that works for everyone, this Task Force will provide us with concrete, expert advice that will support our government as we make it easier for more Ontarians to realize the dream of home ownership.”

The mandate of the Housing Affordability Task Force is to explore measures to address housing affordability by:

  • Increasing the supply of market rate rental and ownership housing;
  • Building housing supply in complete communities;
  • Reducing red tape and accelerating timelines;
  • Encouraging innovation and digital modernization, such as in planning processes;
  • Supporting economic recovery and job creation; and
  • Balancing housing needs with protecting the environment.

The Task Force, chaired by Jake Lawrence, CEO and Group Head, Global Banking and Markets at Scotiabank, represents a diverse range of experts in not-for-profit housing, Indigenous housing, real estate, home builders, financial markets and economics. The chair’s report outlining the Task Force’s recommendations will be published in early 2022.

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