Tools & Publications

Housing

Getting to 8,000: Building a healthier rental market for the Toronto Area

Together with our partners at Ryerson City Building Institute, Evergreen is calling for 8,000 new purpose-built rental developments in this report.

We suggest several ways to make purpose-built rental developments cost competitive with condos and expand the use of existing housing stock to accommodate more people. 

Scaling Up Joint Ventures between Social
Housing Providers and Private Sector Builders

New housing is being built across Canada, and we need to take innovative approaches to meet the needs of our diverse communities. There is a huge opportunity through joint ventures between private and non-profit housing providers to do just that.

This paper explores the kinds of partnerships that currently exist in Canadian cities and offers best practices to scale up joint ventures.

Laneway Suites: A New Housing Typology for Toronto

The final Laneway Suites Report puts forward recommended actions and performance standards to support laneway suites in Toronto.

The report outcomes build on community consultations, online survey responses, as well as technical discussions with City of Toronto staff and councillors in the Toronto and East York District.

Finally, it recommends actions including the establishment of an as-of-right planning framework for laneway suites alongside a set of recommended performance standards that will provide a strong foundation for the future of laneway suites in Toronto.

To learn more about Evergreen's work on laneway suites, visit our webpage. 

Laneway Suites Consultation Report

Consultations done under the Laneway Suites project showed a majority of residents are interested in seeing how laneway suites could be part of Toronto’s future. Community participants identified a number of important ideas that include:

  • Sustainability and maintaining green space
  • Reducing red tape
  • Flexible design guidelines
  • Parking considerations
  • Integration with the public realm

Several questions were raised by residents and we are working hard to address these key issues through conversations with city technical staff and councillors in the Toronto and East York District. The highlights of the conversations can be read in this report.

This report was prepared by Crazy Dames.

Housing Benefit

Designing a Housing Allowance Program by the Caledon Institute

This research paper describes and analyses options for designing a housing allowance in Ontario, as well as other provinces. It pays particular attention to the harmonization of a housing allowance program with social assistance.

Leveraging Assets in Social Housing

This research report examines existing social housing assets in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area with a specific focus on the potential for leveraging the value of those assets towards the goal of creating new affordable housing.

Affordable Home Ownership

Affordable home ownership is a key pillar in a sustainable affordable housing strategy. Affordable home ownership models use a combination of shared equity and creative mortgage structures to enable lower income individuals and families who might not otherwise qualify for a conventional mortgage to access ownership.

Housing Data Bank

The Toronto Regional Housing Data Bank provides a snapshot to help identify needs and opportunities and inform collective action and advocacy to the federal and provincial governments. This is an updated version of the original created in partnership with the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance in 2011.

Purpose-Built Rental Housing

Promoting Rental Housing in the Greater Toronto Area by Ryerson University School of Urban and Regional Planning

The Creating New Affordable Rental Housing project aims to launch new public private partnerships and further engage the private sector in the creation of affordable rental housing across the Greater Toronto Area.

Encouraging Construction and Retention of Purpose-Built Rental Housing in Canada: Analysis of Federal Tax Policy Options by Greg Lampert Economic Consultant in partnership with the Canadian Home Builders Association

This research was conducted to contribute to and expand the public policy discussion of one of Canada’s most pressing issues: how best to increase access to market–rate rental housing by households with adequate incomes and relatively bright long-term employment prospects. It explores a limited number of potential federal tax policy changes to stimulate investment in new purpose built rental housing.

Intensifying our Communities – Laneway and Midrise Housing

The Greater Toronto Area is growing rapidly, and that growth needs to be accommodated while also protecting the region’s greenbelt, farmland and drinking water — not to mention providing homes with reasonable commuting times. To do that, the region must build up within existing neighbourhoods, instead of building out on the suburban fringes. In 2015 the GTA Housing Action Lab commissioned Pembina and the Ontario Home Builders association to create better understanding and recommendations for light intensification. They produced two research papers:

Community Benefits and Tower Renewal

Community benefits are an emerging mechanism to grow local economies, extend employment opportunities to those who face difficulties entering or staying in the workforce, and help enable social and neighbourhood regeneration. This paper explores how community benefits can play a role in the retrofitting of apartment tower communities.

GTHA Government-Owned Public Lands Inventory by Ryerson University's Centre for Urban Research and Land Development (CUR)

The objective of this research is to develop an inventory of government-owned land in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). Land ownership is an important precondition for governments to undertake a range of land use policies to generate public facilities that are needed to support growth and development.

Toward a Brighter Future: Opportunities to Reduce Affordable Need and Homelessness in the GTHA

This report outlines the housing and homelessness funding challenges faced by municipalities within the GTHA. It also highlights the positive impact of the 2016 federal and provincial budget allocations for housing and homelessness prevention.

The report, authored by Steve Pomeroy, finds that we are well positioned to deliver new housing and homelessness initiatives, expand innovative program and policy solutions, and expand housing collaboration with the federal and provincial governments.

A New Foundation: A Backgrounder for the Housing Action Lab on the Future of Housing in the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area

The cover of A New FoundationJanuary 2014

This paper begins to build a shared understanding of the core elements of the housing system within the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area. Its purpose is not to identify solutions, but to provide context and background and to begin to build a shared understanding of the core elements of our housing system, as well as identify our underlying assumptions about our housing system.

Renewable Energy Investments in Social and Affordable Housing

This research evaluates the Renewable Energy Initiative (REI), a federal-provincial economic stimulus program that supported the installation of renewable energy (RE) systems within Ontario’s social and affordable housing sector between 2010 and 2011.

It documents the benefits of REI investments by evaluating their effectiveness in achieving social, economic and environmental outcomes for social and affordable housing providers and the Province of Ontario, while documenting insights on sector capacity, project implementation, program design and provider experience.

The report also looks forward, providing insights on preferred investment strategies and recommended policy interventions to reduce GHG emissions in social and affordable housing and accelerate the transition to net-zero communities.