Affordable Cost of Living

Affordable Housing

Current land-use polices, namely “Places To Grow Act”, enacted more than 10 years ago, is outdated and based on old environmental philosophy - concocted during early 1990s - that’s not compatible with the state of the technology available to us at the present (e.g. Electric Cars, Solar Roofs, etc.). According to the current Ontario Government Climate Change Action Plan, housing and transportation amount to about 55% of ...more »

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Affordable Cost of Living

No provincial tax for seniors with yearly income under $ 30,000

Seniors with a yearly income under $ 30,000 shall not pay any provincial taxes. Ontarians that worked all their lives shall not live in poverty in Ontario. we need to take care of our seniors because they are our parents and soon it will be us. By not charging provincial taxes for seniors with a yearly income under $ 30.000 we help to improve the level of net income for our seniors. Rather than charging provincial taxes ...more »

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Strong Sustainable Communities

Restrict the production of "McMansions"

Developers in Ontario have stopped delivering housing that matches the needs of Canadians, and have resorted to packing in as much house per square meter as possible. I propose creating a structural limit within each lot so to not exceed 70% of the land parcel in order to preserve the affordability, and aesthetic quality of the area. The phrase "McMansion" can be said to describe most of these new subdivisions, and ...more »

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Inclusive Growth

Community housing

I can remember a time when low rental homes had contests for the best garden and inspections were done to ensure the maintenance of homes were kept up. Communities joined together and ran programs to keep kids busy and parents involved with their children. Small businesses knew their employees from communities and trusted them enough to employ them. Neighborhood watch was there to protect families. Bullying was shamed. ...more »

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Affordable Cost of Living

Support Construction of Privately Funded, Publicly Sold Apartments

Home prices and rents are rising across Ontario, and are putting huge pressure on the affordability of living in the province; in major urban areas costs are completely out of control. I am proposing a for-profit program with a guaranteed return of 5% for investors, which will cover its own costs, and put significant downward pressure on the current cost of condos and apartments in urban areas. This program will involve ...more »

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Affordable Cost of Living

Allow modest increases to Rent Control above inflation

Allow landlords to increase rent 2-5% above inflation. Strict rent control in Ontario is discouraging land owners and developers from maintaining quality units for tenants. Tenants are discouraged from moving without losing their rent controlled apartment, creating toxic relationships between tenants and landlords. The result is less affordable housing, and housing in poor repair for low income Ontarians.

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