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Webinar: Accelerating Affordable Rental Development - The City of Toronto's Open Door Affordable Housing Program

March 21, 2017


Access to affordable, safe and well-maintained housing is an urgent issue for far too many low- and moderate- income families, couples and single people in Toronto and across the country. Toronto has for well over a decade provided funding and financial incentives for the development of affordable rental housing, however much more needs to be done to provide better housing outcomes for all.

Toronto City Council approved the Open Door Affordable Housing Program in summer 2016 to accelerate affordable housing construction by private and non-profit organizations through:

  • Providing City financial contributions including capital funding and incentives such as exemptions from planning fees, development charges and residential property taxes;
  • Fast-tracking the planning approval process for affordable housing through the Open Door Planning Service, and;
  • Unlocking opportunities on private, public and non-profit land for affordable housing, through working with Build Toronto, the Toronto Transit Commission, the Toronto Parking Authority and Toronto Community Housing, among others.

This webinar will look at the partnership model Open Door is built upon, and how the program is designed to scale up Toronto's affordable housing efforts. You will also find out how and why the Council supports Open Door as a citywide initiative. This webinar will also be an opportunity to learn about some of the most recent and innovative pilot developments in Toronto.


  • Sean Gadon, Director, Affordable Housing Office, City of Toronto (ON)