Renewal and Redevelopment Reloaded: How Do We Up Toronto’s Housing Game

Shelby Challis Toronto is becoming unlivable. With a growing segment of its population suffering from precarious and inadequate housing, some would consider the city to be in the midst of crisis of housing affordability, however, this is fundamentally a city in crisis. The cost of living in Toronto, even for those who obtain access to…

Toronto the (Not So) Good

Mohamad Yaghi According to a report published last February by United Way Toronto, Toronto has become Canada’s epicenter of income inequality. Based on studies conducted by Statistics Canada and Research Data Centre Toronto, between 1980 and 2005 income inequality grew by 31 percent. Once Canada’s second highest city in income inequality, Toronto has skyrocketed to…

Seen and Heard: The Growing Income Gap in Toronto

Shannon Brooks On October 15th, 2015, United Way hosted an open discussion on income inequality entitled, “What’s next on the agenda and what can we do?” The panelists included Kofi Hope, David Hulchanski, Susan McIssac, and Graeme Stewart, each armed with a different set of background knowledge on the topic of social inequality in Toronto. In light…

SRO: From Single Room Occupancy to Standing Room Only

Alexis Mulvenna The housing crisis in Toronto is worsening, with approximately 90,000 households currently on the wait list for social housing. In many of these cases, the availability of single room occupancies (SROs) is what keeps individuals from living on the street or in emergency shelters. An SRO contains individual rooms inside a multiple-tenant building − many of…