On Wednesday, April 6, Mayor Bonnie Crombie, Members of Council and City staff hosted a live, virtual information session on housing affordability in Mississauga.
Mississauga is in the midst of an unprecedented housing crisis. Housing affordability has become a top issue for many in our community.
Safe, affordable housing is the foundation for our economy and the quality of life we enjoy. People should be able to afford to live and work in Mississauga.
But housing and rental prices continue to skyrocket:
We have a problem. But the City of Mississauga has a host of solutions.
Mississauga will continue to grow. The province estimates through their Growth Plan that Mississauga will grow by 250,000 residents over the next thirty years. We will be a city of almost 1 million people by 2050.
To accommodate this growth, we need to build more housing, but it needs to be the right type in the right location.
A one-size-fits-all solution will not work. All three levels of government and the private sector have to work together.
Here are some of the ways the City is working to make housing more affordable:
Mississauga is approving more housing units than required to meet the annual demand and we’re approving them in a reasonable time frame:
The City has taken a number of actions to remove barriers to new housing supply to ensure it is not the source of delays in building housing:
In 2017, the City created the Housing Strategy designed to focus on middle income earners. We were one of the first municipalities to develop this type of strategy.
Over the last five years, the City has completed many of the 40 action items in the strategy, including:
But we’re not done yet!
The City continues to investigate and implement new and innovative ways to make housing in Mississauga more affordable by:
The Government of Ontario has passed new legislation titled the More Homes for Everyone Act in an attempt to address the housing affordability crisis. While the City of Mississauga agrees that we must take action to solve this crisis, it must be the right action.
We have concerns that the province’s plan to build more housing quickly will impact the quality of life in Mississauga without making housing more affordable. Here’s why:
The province has also stated that the recommendations in their Housing Affordability Task Force report, received in February 2022, will act as the roadmap for housing policy and legislation for the next four years. The report has 55 recommendations aimed at increasing housing supply in Ontario.
The City prepared a detailed response to this report which was shared with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing for consideration.
While our response outlined areas of support for some of the Task Force recommendations, as a City, we are concerned with recommendations that:
Mississauga supports infill development and greater density in our neighbourhoods, but where it makes sense and with proper consultation through the local planning process. We want to plan our communities together.
If you share our concerns about the province’s long-term plans and want to make sure the government takes the right actions to build more housing and make it more affordable, please let your MPP know.
Send an original email or housing affordability form letter to your MPP:
Council has told the Ontario government how we can make housing more affordable, and build more of it.