LONDON – Marit Stiles, Leader of the Official Opposition, joined NDP MPPs and London municipal partners to unveil a massive next step in the Official Opposition's plan to ensure everyone in Ontario has a place to call home.
The first part of this new approach to solving the housing crisis is the creation of Homes Ontario – a plan to fund and build at least 250,000 new affordable and non-market homes on public land across the province.
“With a housing crisis of this scale, we have to find big solutions that can help people find a home they love in the community they want to live in,” said Stiles. “We are going to get the province back in the business of building housing with Homes Ontario - and we’re going to do it together, so that everyone in Ontario has a place to call home.”
MPP Terence Kernaghan (London North Centre) has tabled a motion in the Legislature that would call for the establishment of a new public agency – Homes Ontario – which would build at least 250,000 new affordable and non-market homes over ten years, to be operated and/or constructed by public, non-profit or co-op housing providers.
“This government has wasted a year of precious time on his Greenbelt scheme instead of building homes and he now faces a criminal RCMP investigation for it,” said MPP Terence Kernaghan (London North Centre). “His corrupt backroom deals have nothing to do with housing. While Ford wastes time, I’m proud to support Marit Stiles as she leads this charge to build affordable homes in vibrant communities.”
On October 10, London city council voted in favour of supporting the plan, which was tabled by MPP Terence Kernaghan and will be debated in the Legislature on October 24.
“Together we are capable of great things,” said Stiles. “I know that together we can build a place for everyone to call home.”
The Official Opposition has also been calling for real rent control, an end to exclusionary zoning, clamping down on real estate speculation and more. Today’s announcement is one more step in the plan to solve the housing crisis.