Rima Berns‑McGown MPP, Beaches–East York

Government of Ontario

NDP MPP Rima Berns-McGown hosts community meeting for tenants feeling squeezed by housing crisis

Published on April 25, 2019

TORONTO — Rima Berns-McGown, NDP MPP for Beaches-East York, will hold a community meeting Thursday evening for tenants feeling squeezed by the worsening affordable housing crisis.

The meeting comes on the heels of cuts by the Ford Conservatives that will mean even less help is available to address the crisis. The provincial budget slashed funding for the Ministry of Municipal Housing and Affairs by $366 million, and a recent announcement suggests the Ford Conservatives plan to spend $250 million less on affordable housing than last year.

“Too many tenants are facing renovictions, above-guideline rent increases, decades-long waits for affordable housing and landlords who refuse to make necessary repairs,” said Berns-McGown. “Tenants were desperate for relief after 15 long years under the Liberals, only to have their hopes dashed as the Doug Ford Conservatives take things from bad to worse.

“The Liberal dragged their heels on closing the loophole on rent control and failed to clamp down on renovictions. Now the Conservatives are dragging Ontario backwards by cutting funding for affordable housing, looking for ways to make it easier for landlords to evict tenants and removing rent control on new units.”

Berns-McGown will be joined at the community meeting by Ontario NDP Housing critic Suze Morrison and representatives from the Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario and the Federation of Metro Tenants’ Associations.

“Ontarians deserve better than to pay higher rents for aging rental housing that is falling deeper into disrepair,” said Berns-McGown. “The affordable housing crisis is particularly acute in Toronto, and is only going to get so much worse if the government doesn’t invest in building affordable housing and repairing existing units.”