Taking Back our Housing offers a series of four concrete proposals for how municipal expropriation powers could be used in ways that could significantly increase the supply of affordable and not-for-profit housing in the City of Toronto. Expropriation is a tool routinely used by the city of Toronto to develop infrastructure such as highways, public transportation, and utilities. However, these powers are only rarely used to address the need for affordable housing.
We hope that this report and its recommendations can inform the discussions currently happening on this crucial issue, which of course has been made all the more pressing in the context of the global COVID-19 Pandemic.
This report is part of the FMTA State of the Unit Series.