Jennifer Keesmaat promises to build 100,000 affordable housing units if elected mayor

Aug 7 2018, 5:11 pm

In her first official platform announcement since entering the upcoming Toronto mayoral race, former chief city planner Jennifer Keesmaat announced her plans to tackle the rental crisis in the city.

At Charles Hastings Co-op on Tuesday, Keesmaat announced if elected mayor, she promises to build 100,000 units of “truly affordable, high-quality housing within the next 10 years.”

The mayoral hopeful says a great challenge to affordability in Toronto is housing, and by partnering with the industry she can deliver housing at a scale that matches the current need.

Keesmaat’s affordable rental plans are aimed at providing a new tier of housing in Toronto at a new scale by addressing the rental gap, which includes young people, key workers, and seniors.

More plans of her housing platform will be unveiled at a later date, says Keesmaat.

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