Mayor John Tory urges Ontario to fulfill ‘moral’ obligation to repair social housing
The star May 23, 2017
Mayor John Tory is urging residents to lobby their local MPPs and Housing Minister Chris Ballard for the provincial funds required to fix crumbling social housing units. “The time for action is now, in fact it was before now, because repairing social housing is a moral, economic and a social imperative,” Tory told reporters on Tuesday in response to a Star story that detailed the state of disrepair across Toronto Community Housing’s portfolio.
“They have so far refused to commit to their share of the over $2.6-billion repair bill,” Tory said, despite the fact data shows the province offloaded more than a third of the developments on the city in 2001 without adequate maintenance funding, and with many already in various states of disrepair.