Portable Housing Benefit – Special Priority Program

The Province of Ontario announced that it will be funding a portable housing benefit (PHB) that will eventually support up to about 3,000 households across Ontario. The benefit will be available to any household that is eligible for the Special Priority Housing Category (SPHC).

This new Portable Housing Benefit:

    • can be used towards the household’s current housing or a unit they move in to
    • is ongoing (permanent) with no end or expiry date
    • eligibility is reviewed each year based on your income tax filing;
    • can increase or decrease annually as income and rental rates change
    • can be used for rent anywhere in Ontario
    • is paid directly to the household
    • the monthly PHB amount will be calculated based on average monthly rent and adjusted family net income.
    • is available now

If you received a letter from Housing Connections (Access to Housing) over the summer to review this alternative housing option, contact Housing Connections at 416-397-7438, or by email at hap@toronto.ca.  More information can also be found on the City of Toronto’s Shelter Support and Housing Administration’s website, or by visiting a housing help centre.

Shelter Support and Housing

Housing Help

 


My Vote TO – Get informed for this fall’s election!

Get informed and  Engaged in Toronto’s fall municipal election through the City’s My Vote Toronto website.

KEY DATES:

From September 20, 2018

  • Voters can input their address and find which ward they live in, view the candidates who are running in their ward and view their ward map.

From September 24, 2018

  • Voters can find out if they are on the City of Toronto voters’ list.
  • Voters can add or update their information on the voters’ list until 11:59 p.m. on October 1.
  • Voters who missed the deadline to add or update their information can add their name on the list when they go to vote.
  • Voters can find out where and when to vote.

From October 8, 2018

  • Voters can view a sample of their ballot

City of Toronto’s 2019-2021 Poverty Reduction Strategy Action Plan

The City of Toronto has started a new consultation process to develop its next four-year Poverty Reduction Strategy Action Plan (2019-2021.)  The Poverty Reduction Strategy contains 12 recommendations across the following five themes: Housing Stability, Service Access and Coordination, Transportation Equity, Food Access, and Quality Jobs and Livable Incomes.

For more information, visit the City of Toronto website.

To share your ideas in an online survey, visit the Poverty Reduction Strategy Community Conversation Guide.


Accessible Canada Act

The Government of Canada introduced on June 20, 2018 Bill C-81, the Accessible Canada Act: An Act to ensure a barrier-free Canada. The goal of this bill is to ensure that everyone can fully participate in society and the economy, regardless of one’s abilities.

The Government of Canada held the largest and most accessible consultation on accessibility in Canada’s history, and to further the objectives of the legislation it will invest about $290 million over 6 years.

To find out more about the Accessible Canada Act and what the government is doing to improve accessibility, visit the Accessible Canada website.