Percy Hatfield MPP, Windsor-Tecumseh

Government of Ontario

Inclusionary zoning regs a disappointment for families who need an affordable place to live

Published on January 11, 2018

Dec 22, 2017  WINDSOR - Percy Hatfield, Member of Provincial Parliament for Windsor-Tecumseh released the following statement:

“This government's inclusionary zoning regulations fall far short of what is needed to reverse the crisis in access to affordable housing. (This Premier) is letting people down, again, when it comes to finding and being able to afford a home.

Today, 181,000 individuals and families are on the waiting list for affordable housing. Parents have no hope of raising their own kids in the neighbourhoods where they grew up. And too many people simply have no options for safe, affordable housing. Setting aside just five to 10 per cent of new developments for affordable housing will not do enough to ease these troubles, and falls short of the 10 to 30 per cent recommended by experts."

Ontario needs a real plan to build new affordable housing units including; making a commitment to funding one-third of the costs of repairs to current affordable and social housing units in partnership with municipalities and the federal government, fighting for a strong inclusionary zoning policy, and taking the housing affordability crisis seriously.