Winter is finally here and city services and non-profit agencies prepare for an influx of people seeking shelter from harsh weather. Toronto’s Cold Weather Plan lays out a number of different options for ensuring that Toronto’s most vulnerable residents are protected from the health impacts of cold weather. These include the shelter system, which operates […]
Affordable Housing & Homelessness
The place where we grow up, spend our lives, and grow older deeply affects our health and our opportunities in life. A national housing strategy is a route to better living conditions and improved health outcomes for all Canadians. A wave of recent research has documented the essential role of housing in health, and in […]
This systematic review of peer-reviewed literature focuses on identifying which home-based indoor air quality interventions have shown to reduce asthma morbidity among low-income children.
Asthma is the most common childhood chronic disease, with approximately 13 percent of children in Ontario diagnosed with the condition. Childhood asthma is associated with higher rates of disability, school absences, and poor academic performance. The household environment is a key determinant of health for those living with asthma. This paper describes how current multi-trigger, multicomponent […]
People who provide and advocate for affordable housing have been positive about the 2016 federal budget because it moves Canada in the right direction for the next two years. The budget boosts federal funding for new affordable housing to about $1.1 billion a year nationwide. If we bracket the large and much-needed amounts for First […]
Ontario took real steps this week toward helping all of Ontario’s people to be safely and adequately housed. In the revised Long Term Affordable Housing Strategy three changes stand out that will help improve housing conditions and therefore good health outcomes. There are many things LTAHS does not address, such as new affordable housing or […]
One and a half million Canadian households are precariously housed, and an estimated 235,000 Canadians experienced homelessness in 2014.1 One in eight Canadian households live in housing that is either unaffordable, in disrepair, or crowded. In large cities such as Toronto, and amongst particular populations such as Aboriginal peoples and recent immigrants, this ratio is […]
Youth homelessness is an escalating concern nationwide. The Hidden in Our Midst Community Based Research (CBR) project, a joint project between Children’s Aid Society of Toronto and the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health (CAMH), brings our attention to newcomer youth and those born outside of Canada who have experienced homelessness. The results highlight unique […]
Toronto’s Suburban Rooming Houses: Just a Spin on a Downtown “problem?” by Lisa Freeman, looks at the zoning by-laws for rooming houses in Toronto’s inner suburbs. Rooming houses are often seen as last-resort housing, a downtown issue, or a health and safety hazard. But rooming houses are a crucial component of private-market affordable housing stock […]
The Wellesley Institute’s Director of Housing and Innovation, Michael Shapcott, joined the City of Toronto Director of Affordable Housing, Sean Gadon, at a seminar with University of Toronto students on March 24.