$1.2 Billion Federal Investment to Boost Rental Housing in Toronto

Federal Government commits $1.2 Billion to boost rental housing in Toronto. Speaking at a housing announcement alongside Toronto Mayor Olivia Chow, Canada's Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland

The Canadian government announces a significant investment to increase Toronto’s rental housing supply, aiming to address the city’s housing crisis

In a move set to significantly boost Toronto’s rental housing stock, the federal government has announced a $1.2 billion investment in the construction of 2,644 rental homes across seven new projects in the city. This announcement, delivered by Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, is part of the Rental Construction Financing Initiative, aimed at easing the city’s housing crisis.

Key Points:

  • $1.2 Billion Investment: The federal government’s contribution, issued as fully repayable low-interest loans, targets seven specific projects in Toronto.
  • Projects Breakdown: The investment is distributed among various projects, including 855 homes at 373 Front Street East ($444 million), 484 homes at 94 Eastdale Avenue ($215 million), and other significant developments.
  • Addressing Housing Crisis: This initiative is in response to Toronto’s increasing demands for affordable housing, highlighted by Mayor Olivia Chow’s recent push for accelerated housing plans.

Federal Response to Housing Needs

Deputy Prime Minister Freeland emphasized the government’s commitment, stating, “Every Canadian deserves a safe place to call home. With today’s investment, our government is taking concrete action to help the citizens of Toronto access the rental housing they need.” The government reiterates its dedication to making housing more affordable across Canada.

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Houses under construction in Toronto are shown in this Friday, June 26, 2015 file photo. (File/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Local Impact

Toronto Mayor Olivia Chow praised the initiative, highlighting its potential to bring hope to Torontonians grappling with high rental costs. “By the time they finish paying rent, there’s not much money left,” Chow said, stressing the urgency of the situation. The city’s new housing plan, aiming to build 65,000 rent-controlled homes by 2030, heavily relies on such federal investments.

Nationwide Housing Strategy

This investment aligns with the federal government’s broader strategy to create over 71,000 new rental units across Canada by 2027-28. Freeland hailed the initiative as an investment in both Toronto and its residents, marking it as a step towards addressing the nationwide housing affordability crisis.

Speaking at a housing announcement alongside Toronto Mayor Olivia Chow, Canada’s Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said the fall economic statement, which will be presented on Nov. 21, will be focused on making housing — and life in general — more affordable for Canadians.

Financial Constraints and Collaborations

Despite the significant federal contribution, concerns remain about the long-term financial sustainability for Toronto. Freeland, in a previous statement, noted the federal government’s financial limitations, urging collaboration among different government levels.

Future Plans

The federal government, now actively participating in the “new deal” working group with local and provincial officials, seeks to establish a more sustainable funding model for Toronto, currently facing a $1.5 billion operating shortfall.