Toronto’s affordable housing wait list hit an all-time high in September – 90,157 households, or 165,977 women, men and children. The record-breaking wait list is just one of a growing number of indicators of deep and persistent housing insecurity in Toronto and across Canada.
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities launched a new national campaign on October 28 for housing called “Fixing Canada’s housing crunch” led by Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson that aims for a new national housing plan.
Multiple reports, including the Wellesley Institute’s Precarious Housing in Canada, set out the many dimensions of inadequate housing and its impact on the health of individual Canadians, along with the social and economic health of communities and the entire country. An updated version of Precarious Housing is in development.