Ontario has a new Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing – the third one in less than a year. Rick Bartolucci moves into the housing / municipal cabinet post after serving as the province’s ‘top cop’ as Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services. Media reports portray Minister Bartolucci’s new posting as a demotion because of the controversy surrounding a ‘secret’ G20 law passed in the summer. The cabinet shuffle raises concerns that Ontario’s much-needed long-term affordable housing strategy - which was supposed to be launched by June – will be delayed once again as the new Minister settles into his portfolio.
About Michael Shapcott
Michael Shapcott is Director, Affordable Housing and Social Innovation at the Wellesley Institute, an independent, non-profit research and policy dedicated to advancing urban health. Michael has worked extensively in Toronto, in many parts of Canada, nationally and internationally on social innovation, the non-profit sector, civic engagement, housing and housing rights, poverty, social exclusion, urban health and health equity. He is recognized as one of Canada’s leading community-based housing and homelessness experts.