Restructuring The Housing System

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Housing Affordability

  • Addressing the housing affordability crisis is a top priority

  • Spending $10B to add more highways will not reduce pollution or add more affordable housing - in fact, it will make both problems much worse.

  • I advocate for building livable and affordable communities that work for everyone - without recklessly paving over greenspace and wetlands. 

  • It is imperative to plan smarter, stop land speculation, reduce emissions, and put a roof over the heads of so many more who need it.

  • It is possible to create livable communities with housing for all that will be net-zero with electrified public transportation, support for remote employment, and walkable neighbourhoods.

  • We need strong, connected communities where people can live, work, play, and shop with access to the essential public services they need. 

  • Everyone needs a place to call home and where the colour of your skin, or your age, or the fact that you have a physical disability does not prevent you from having a safe and affordable place to live.

  • The housing affordability crisis is also a climate issue:

    • Pushing people further out from where they work just to find a place to live means more sprawl, which is a large driver of climate emissions in Ontario. 

  • Our plan calls for increasing our housing supply by building 160,000 affordable units, accessible for people of all abilities and ages.

  • We’re going to add security and stability for renters and create more pathways to homeownership. We need to put people before speculators 

  • By building new affordable housing, extending the lifespan of existing supply, extending income support to more Ontario households, and creating more pathways to home ownership, we can ensure everyone has a place to call home.

  • We can increase affordable housing options within existing built up areas — through secondary suites, triplexes and fourplexes, courtyard apartments, and mid-rise buildings.

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15 Minute Communities

  • The housing crisis is pushing Ontarians further and further away from where they want to live and work - this means longer commutes, more urban sprawl and more pollution.

  • 15 minute communities are the Ontario Greens’ alternative to Doug Ford’s endless sprawl development. 

  • Transportation is the biggest source of pollution in Ontario. 

  • We need to increase our ability to walk, bike, or take public transit to get where we’re going in order to help curb fossil fuel use.

  • Designing inclusive communities with climate change in mind is something Ontario has yet to embrace.

  • We will require housing retrofits to meet the standards of Universal Design to ensure new housing stock is accessible for all and suitable for aging in place.

  • We want to build 15 minute communities where all of life’s core necessities — things like grocery stores, pharmacies, schools, offices, gyms, and libraries — are just a 15 minute walk, bike or transit ride away. 

  • Rather than wasting resources paving over farms, forests and wetlands to super-size sprawl development, we will build neighbourhoods where we can live, work and play.

  • This can be achieved by revising land-use planning rules to incentivize infill development, gentle density, and building safe, healthy neighborhoods designed with people in mind.

  • There is plenty of existing space available within urban boundaries. It’s about creative land use to build duplexes, triplexes, walk-up apartments and laneway houses.

  • This is part of our housing strategy, an ambitious, practical Roadmap to building livable, affordable, communities. 

(Website here: https://gpo.ca/housing/)

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Improving Transit

  • Greens support affordable, accessible, reliable transit.

  • Greens are pushing for the rapid electrification of transit.

  • Greens believe in connected communities.

  • Transportation in Ontario needs to urgently move away from more highways and cars on the roads and towards affordable, accessible, electrified transit.

  • Better transit means better climate.

  • Getting people out of cars and onto transit reduces emissions, improves air quality and is a key step to meeting our climate obligations.

  • Affordable and accessible transit is key to tackling the climate crisis and creating more connected communities.

  • We need interregional transit to connect Ontario’s many and diverse communities. Too many rural and northern communities are isolated because of a lack of investment in affordable and reliable interregional transit. It’s about equity and accessibility.

  • It’s important that transit infrastructure benefits the neighborhoods it serves while minimizing environmental impacts.

Transportation is crucial in York Region and as hard as I fought for the silencing of the train horns, I have also been pushing for greater services in order to reduce car usage and promote regional transportation.

Sadly, connectivity and service has not expanded to areas most crucial and that is our heartlands.

Louder voices are needed to ensure that our community can help cut back on carbon emissions and have the ability to get out and about in a more convenient manner.