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John Tory stresses need for action on affordable housing at city ‘bootcamp’

Written by Kathleen McGouran
Published in the National Post

TORONTO — Toronto needs to move faster, and in conjunction with other levels of government, to solve an “affordable housing crisis,” Mayor John Tory says.

Speaking to more than 600 attendees at a “Better City Bootcamp” on Tuesday, Tory said the housing crisis needs a “co-ordinated, collaborated approach,” similar to how the city and province have been working together to expand transit.

“We need to establish a better and more robust partnership going forward because the housing problem is just too big to be borne by property taxpayers alone,” the mayor said. “With diminishing resources, a higher premium than ever is being put on collaboration.”

CivicAction, the non-profit organization hosting the summit at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, had selected for discussion five topics important to the future of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area: affordable housing for seniors, mental health in the workplace, early childhood health care, public spaces, and infrastructure for extreme weather.

The need to retrofit buildings and communities to be age-friendly and helping seniors find services that are available to them via community and digital hubs were ideas brought forth to help alleviate the lack of affordable housing for older citizens.

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