Sparks fly at inaugural meeting of region’s Strategic Housing and Homelessness Committee
Sparks fly at inaugural meeting of region’s Strategic Housing and Homelessness Committee
Photos by Mansoor Tanweer and Joel Wittnebel

Sparks fly at inaugural meeting of region’s Strategic Housing and Homelessness Committee


After a heated exchange between regional councillors and staff over slow progress on building affordable housing units in Peel Region — and an antiquated system for tracking the wait-list — Councillor Carolyn Parrish revealed that Mississauga plans one move that might help: removing development charges on basement apartments.

The committee asked staff to investigate the feasibility of doing the same region-wide, encouraging builders to put ready-to-rent units into new homes.

A presentation about housing priorities for the coming year also drew exasperation when it was revealed that the wait-list is woefully out of date because staff are still using a paper-based method to track it.



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