Toronto Mayoralty

Housing Debate

Save the date: May 24, 2023

Toronto Mayoralty Housing Debate - 12:30pm EST

Scarborough debate - 6:30pm EST

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A crucial event for Toronto residents in the Mayoralty Campaign

Debate #1 - Venue

12:30pm EST

George Brown College - Waterfront Campus: 51 Dockside Dr

The George Brown College of Applied Arts and Technology is a public, fully accredited college of applied arts and technology with three campuses in downtown Toronto (Ontario, Canada). Like many other colleges in Ontario, George Brown College was chartered in 1966 by the government of Ontario and opened the next year. George Brown offers more than 170 full-time programs in art and design, business, community services, early childhood education, construction and engineering technologies, health sciences, hospitality and culinary arts, preparatory studies, as well as specialized programs and services for recent immigrants and international students.

Debate #2 - Venue

6:30pm EST

University of Toronto

Scarborough 1265 Military Trail in the ARC Lecture Hall.


Toronto Housing Debate: Affordability & Supply Crisis

The housing affordability and supply crisis will be one of the most pressing issues facing the next mayor of the City of Toronto. RESCON and other industry partners representing an array of housing organizations are hosting a 2023 Toronto Mayoralty Housing Debate on Wednesday, May 24, 2023. Our partner organizations will be hosting two debates. We have jointly adjusted the timing of the two debates in order to ensure candidates can attend both of these critical city-wide events. The first debate, the 2023 Toronto Mayoralty Housing Debate, will take place from 12 pm to 2pm at George Brown College Waterfront Campus (51 Dockside Drive). The second debate, the Mayoralty Candidates Scarborough Debate, will begin at 6:30 pm at the University of Toronto Scarborough 1265 Military Trail in the ARC Lecture Hall. Working collaboratively, both debate groups are inviting you, as one of the top six polling candidates, to join us at 12 noon on May 24th, 2023 for the 2023 Toronto Mayoralty Housing Debate and then at 6:30 pm for the Mayoralty Candidates Scarborough Debate. We appreciate that your schedules are very busy but recognize that you will want to join two of the premier debates of the mayoralty campaign period. This event will be moderated by an expert media panel and provide residents an opportunity to submit questions they wish to have raised and addressed by the candidates, one of whom will be the city’s next mayor. Details on how to RSVP to reserve a space at the debate, how to submit questions, and the specific time and location will be coming soon. Please mark the debate times of May 24, 2023, in your calendar as it promises to be one of the most important events of this coming mayoralty campaign for residents of Toronto.


Debate Partners

RESCON represents builders of high-rise, mid-rise and low-rise residential buildings who construct the bulk of new housing in the province. Our goal is to work with government and related stakeholders to offer realistic solutions to a variety of challenges facing the residential building industry. The focus of RESCON’s work is health and safety; training and apprenticeship; labour relations; industry research and innovation; regulatory reform; and technical standards.

St. Clare’s is a non profit charitable housing provider that develops and operates deeply affordable housing.  The majority of our tenants are people who are being housed after experiencing recent

homelessness.  St. Clare’s currently operates 775 apartments in 7 different downtown Toronto neighbourhoods, and has another 25 apartments under construction.  Our operational and support model receives recognition from our tenants, neighbours, and all three levels of government.

Since 1985, the Federation of Rental-housing Providers of Ontario (FRPO) has been the voice of Ontario’s rental housing industry and the leading advocate for strong and stable rental housing. FRPO represents more than 2,200 members who own, manage, build and finance, supply and service 350,000 residential rental homes all across Ontario. FRPO advocates for a balanced and healthy rental housing market that promotes a vital rental-housing industry, choice and consumer protection for residents, adequate government assistance for low-income households, and private sector solutions to meet rental-housing needs across Ontario.

Options for Homes is Canada’s largest non-profit developer of attainable homeownership. A pioneer and market leader in the use of shared equity mortgages as down payment support, Options serves as a

market intervention that helps people become homeowners sooner. We have been in operation since 1994 and have built more than 3,100 homes and assisted over 6,000

people with down payment support. We help increase people’s buying power by contributing to their down payment through the Options

Ready Program.

Habitat for Humanity GTA is a local non-profit housing organization with a global vision of a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live. We help working families acquire affordable homes and build strength, stability and self-reliance through affordable homeownership. We collaborate with governments, real estate partners, volunteers and donors to create inclusive, affordable communities across the GTA. Join us:

The Greater Toronto Sewer and Watermain Contractors Association (GTSWCA) has been representing sewer and watermain construction contractors in the Greater Toronto Area (Halton, Peel, York and Durham Regions and the City of Toronto) for more than 65 years, and currently serves over 200 member companies. Our goals extend far beyond lobbying for increased funding. Our concerns include labour relations, water systems management and legislation, the environment, health and safety, security, contract terms, engineering, and many other issues relevant to the sewer and watermain construction industry.

With more than 1,300 member companies, BILD is the voice of the home building, residential and non-residential land development and professional renovation industries in the Greater Toronto Area. The building and renovation industry provides more than 231,000 jobs in the region and $26.9 billion in investment value. BILD is affiliated with the Ontario and Canadian Home Builders’ Associations.

The Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB) serves almost 70,000 licensed real estate Brokers and Salespersons in and about the Greater Toronto Area GTA).TRREB is the collective voice for both its commercial and residential REALTOR® Members and operates under the direction of an elected voluntary Board of 14 Directors. As a not-for-profit corporation, TRREB was founded in 1920 by a small group of real estate practitioners and today is Canada's largest real estate board.

More Neighbours Toronto
is a volunteer-led organization of housing advocates seeking to end the housing crisis. We believe in building more market and non-market multi-family homes of all kinds in every neighbourhood for those who dream of building their lives in Toronto. We are a big-tent organization with members across the political spectrum who are nevertheless committed to counterbalancing the anti-housing agenda that dominates Toronto's politics, created an affordability crisis, and has cost burdened a new generation of aspiring residents. We are firmly committed to the principle that housing is a human right and believe Toronto should be inclusive and welcoming to all.

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