Inclusionary Zoning Petition Ontario
Ontario faces an affordable housing crisis. One in every three renter households lives in housing that is unaffordable, inadequate, or in serious need of repair, and more than 165,000 families across Ontario are waiting for rent-geared-to-income housing.
Inclusionary zoning laws have helped create affordable housing and alleviate poverty in more than 200 communities across the United States, and research by the Wellesley Institute, ACORN Canada and the Furman Centre have shown that inclusionary zoning could create thousands of affordable housing units a year in Ontario, without significant impact on the production of market housing, and without any cost to the taxpayer.
I hereby petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to enact a law empowering municipalities across the province to pass inclusionary zoning bylaws, which mandate that a specified percentage of new residential developments include affordable housing units.
Please do the right thing.