The Transit-Oriented Affordable Housing Solution Lab looks at the connection between affordable housing and transit infrastructure. Workshops with key stakeholders will identify the issues and consider the relationship between all levels of government. By aligning government resources and seeking partnerships, new approaches can build more affordable housing along transit corridors.
Key Findings / Key Goals
Identify the issues preventing affordable housing and transit-oriented development from being mutually supportive.
Find ways that investment in transit-oriented development can support affordable housing.
Build relationships among transit and housing stakeholders to design potential solutions.
Project scope and expected outcomes
How will the lab be conducted?
The lab will use 4 key phases:
Urban Strategies Inc. will lead workshops with key stakeholders and focus on affordable housing in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. They will identify solutions through case study analysis, interviews, workshops and business case modelling. These solutions can be used across Canada.
During the research phase, stakeholders will give insights into the lack of coordination among federal, provincial and local governments. This relationship often means actions to resolve housing and transit issues are out of sync.
Participants’ ideas and advice on collaboration between governments will be a key factor in better planning affordable housing near transit corridors.
In development workshops, participants will:
- identify solutions related to private and public partnerships
- align and streamline funding for transit oriented development and alternative affordable
- develop solutions related to government-owned land and the connection between affordable housing and transit
Participants in the prototyping phase will generate and test proposed responses to the problems and possible solutions in a series of workshops.
The final phase, roadmap, will include describing the steps to implement the solutions after the project ends.
Solutions Lab Lead Urban Strategies Inc.
Key Contact Emily Reisman firstname.lastname@example.org
MaRS Solutions Lab, Evergreen and The Natural Step (Solutions Lab Consultant)
N. Barry Lyon Consultants Limited (NBLC)
City of Toronto—City Planning, Strategic Initiatives
City of Hamilton—Community Initiatives
Regional Municipality of Durham—Planning and Economic Development
City of Brampton—Planning & Development
City of Mississauga—Planning & Building Department
Ryerson City Building Institute
Co-op Housing Federation of Canada
Toronto Community Housing Corporation
Options for Homes
New Commons Development
The Daniels Corporation
City of Ottawa
Get More Information: Contact CMHC at email@example.com