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.
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.