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What’s the housing situation in Ontario ?

  •  One out of every five households renting in Ontario is paying more than 50% of their income on rent. [10]  

  • Rents in Ontario have risen at double the rate on inflation over the last decade. [11]  

  • Across Ontario , youth under 18 and families with children are the fastest growing group of hostel users. [11] 

... in Canada ?

  • In the last 20 years the number of affordable housing units created in Canada has fallen from 24,000 in 1980 to 940 in 2000. [12]

  • In 1990 the resources that were allocated to low-income housing were cut by $51 million over two years.  [Begin P]

What is the situation in the Nation’s Capital?

Source: Health Canada website and Media Photo Gallery, Health Canada, Reproduced with the permission of the Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada, 2006.
  •  In Ottawa, rent increased by 25% from 1998 to 2001.[14]

  •  In 2000, there were 3,500 economic evictions in the Ottawa area.[ Evans]

  • Average wait for subsidized housing in Ottawa is 5-8 years.  There are approximately 13,500 households on this waiting list.[16]



10. Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. Behind the issues: Ontario 2003. Investing in affordable homes.

11. Campaign 2000, Report Card on Child Poverty in Ontario, 1999.

12. Canadian Council on Social Development. (2002). The Progress of Canada?s Children: 2002 Highlights. Available:]

14. Stewart, Dick (People Services, City of Ottawa). Presentation. (September 10, 2002).

16. Evans, G., Wells, N., Moch, A. (In Press). Housing and Mental Health: A review of the evidence and a methodological and conceptual critique.

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