Housing is at the top of the list for councils across the district this year. In Kenora, city staff say a lack of contractors is an important issue, along proximity to supplies.
“In northern Ontario, development costs do not relate so much to the imposition of fees and land prices but the availability of contractors, proximity to supply chain nodes and a challenging construction environment," said Adam Smith, a special projects and research officer for the City of Kenora, in his report to council.
The district services board has plans to establish another 150 supportive housing units, with 60 to 80 of those housing units being brand new builds. However, for every family that the services board places in a home, there are estimates of between 20 to 27 families being added to the housing wait-list.
The Tory governent at Queen's Park is looking for ways to speed up the construction of new houses, as well as add new rental units.
The five broad themes being focused upon in the consultation include:
- Speed: It takes too long for development projects to get approved.
- Mix: There are too many restrictions on what can be built to get the right mix of housing where it is needed.
- Cost: Development costs are too high because of high land prices and government-imposed fees and charges.
- Rent: It is too hard to be a landlord in Ontario, and tenants need to be protected.
- Innovation: Other concerns, opportunities and innovations to increase housing supply.
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