Ontario Budget 2001: Pre-Budget Submission of the Co-operative Housing Federation

The Ontario government transferred the cost of provincial social housing programs to municipalities in January of 1998. The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing put the total cost, at that time, at $905 million. Last year, the ministry started billing municipalities for the cost of the provincial bureaucrats who administer Ontario’s social housing programs. About 250,000 social housing households are directly affected by the provincial transfer. As the rental market deteriorates in almost every part of Ontario, it is absolutely critical to protect this important asset.

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