Improving the supply and accessibility of affordable housing is key to strengthening most markets, including Markham.
The leaders of Tony Wong Place and tenants recently had a visit with Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, who was in Markham to have a walk-through of the complex which is a unique and successful 120 room affordable housing facility.
MICAH President, Mike Clare, property managers, board members and tenants of Tony Wong Place shared their experience about the development and operation of the facility and their ideas about how to improve the supply and accessibility of affordable housing.
Clark outlined how the Ontario government is helping to build more homes that meet the needs of people in every part of the province through the More Homes, More Choice Act, 2019 – comprehensive legislation to tackle the housing crisis.
He also outlined his government’s Community Housing Renewal Strategy which plans on building the right types of homes in the right places, including rental housing and secondary suites – from basement apartments to apartment buildings and non-profit co-ops. As more rental units are built, tenants will have more options and rents should come down. The minister also emphasized the need to cut red tape and eliminate many of the barriers that cause long delays in the approval and development process for new housing.
“The lack of housing that people can afford is a problem that our government is tackling head-on,” said Clark. “We are working with our municipal partners, non-profits, home builders and other experts to get more housing built so that families in every corner of the province can find a home.”
Tony Wong Place was named in honour of the late Regional Councillor, Tony Wong, a strong advocate for affordable housing.
“Like many municipalities, we need to do more to reduce the affordable housing wait list and the red tape causing development delays. Today it takes approximately 10 years to complete either a low-rise or high-rise development project in the Greater Toronto Area. This needs to be fixed and quickly,” said MPP Logan Kanapathi.
Photo: MPP Logan Kanapathi (second from left); MPP Steve Clark (centre left) meet with leaders and board members of the Tony Wong Place.