Ontario Reveals More Homes, More Choice: A Housing Supply Action Plan to Help Central Ontario

Government Cuts Red Tape to Build More Housing

NEWS                                                                                                                                                                 May 6th, 2019

Our Government is committed to helping people struggling to find affordable housing that fits their family’s needs and budget. We have put forward a plan that will bring real relief and real choice to people in Central Ontario

More Homes, More Choice: Ontario’s Housing Supply Action Plan will tackle Ontario’s housing crisis. With this plan, our government is encouraging our housing and building partners to do their part to build more housing that meets the needs of people across the province.

“Finding a home is a challenge for many in Simcoe County,” said MPP Jill Dunlop, Member of Provincial Parliament for Simcoe North. “Our plan will make it easier to build the types of homes people are looking for at a price they can afford.”

The previous government created a complex housing development system that is impossible for big builders to navigate, much less individual homeowners. Red tape and government fees can add years of paperwork and thousands of dollars to the cost of an average home, which drives prices up for renters and buyers alike.

As noted by MPP Doug Downey, “This is an issue that greatly impacts Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte. Residents have been clear that the lack of affordable options in our region is a pressing issue and a high priority. This comprehensive proposal from Minister Clark and our government is going to bring real relief to this issue right here in our own communities.”

The new measures proposed in More Homes, More Choice would streamline the overly complicated approvals process to remove unnecessary duplication and red tape, while protecting health and safety, a vibrant agricultural sector and the environment – including the Greenbelt.

“We will fix the housing crisis without touching the Greenbelt. We will preserve it and all its beauty,” said Dunlop. “Our action plan puts people first. Whether you are buying your first home, a growing family looking for a larger place to rent, or an empty-nester downsizing into a smaller and more accessible home.”

Building more housing will also make Central Ontario more attractive to businesses and investors, proving Ontario is open for business and open for jobs.