woman and child 2015 WAITING LISTS SURVEY

168,711 Ontario households are waiting for an affordable home.
Since 2004, ONPHA has reported on the number of households waiting for rent-geared-to-income housing in Ontario. The province’s waiting lists have grown by more than 42,000 households in the last eleven years.
graph showing wait list increases
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Ontario’s housing waiting lists grew by 2.2%
Our 2015 survey found that, as of Dec. 31, 2014, 168,711 families, seniors, single adults and couples were waiting for rent-geared-to-income (RGI) housing in Ontario.

The proportion of seniors waiting is growing.
Thirty per cent of households on waiting lists include seniors. In the last 10 years, the proportion of seniors on waiting lists has increased by 8 percentage points.

The average waiting time is nearly 4 years.
Applicants who were housed in 2014 had waited an average of 3.83 years for RGI housing. In some areas, particularly large cities, waiting times can be much longer – up to ten years.
map of waiting times

We need to work together to solve this.
For nearly all Ontario families, housing is their single largest cost. Housing costs have risen quickly in recent years, and many Ontarians are living in homes they are struggling to afford. Nearly half of all Ontario renters and close to a third of all homeowners are spending more than they can afford on housing, placing themselves and their families at risk of homelessness.

In Ontario, local governments are responsible for housing, and they’re working hard to meet the growing demand. Many of them have developed new and innovative ways of increasing the availability of affordable housing in their communities and helping housing applicants. Their hard work is making a significant difference for some of the tens of thousands of households on Ontario’s waiting lists, but they need more support from the provincial and federal governments to solve the province’s housing crisis.

2015 Waiting Lists Survey:
Press Release
Waiting Times Map
Full Report

See past reports:
Waiting Lists Survey 2014
Waiting Lists Survey 2013
Waiting Lists Survey 2012
Waiting Lists Survey 2011
Waiting Lists Survey 2010

Get involved!
Talk to your MPP and city councillors about why affordable housing matters in your community.

Urge the federal government to reinvest in housing by joining the #Housing4All campaign, led by the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association.

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