Bhutila Karpoche MPP/Députée/གྲོས་ཚོགས་འཐུས་མི། Parkdale—High Park

Government of Ontario

Pass the Homelessness Task Force Act!

TO THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF ONTARIO:

WHEREAS the Auditor General has stated that for over a decade, “the provincial government has taken a fractured approach to preventing and reducing homelessness”;

WHEREAS a report by Ontario’s Financial Accountability Office found that the current strategies to address homelessness in Ontario are failing to produce any significant reduction in homelessness;

WHEREAS the Attorney General’s 2021 Value for Money audit concluded that the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing “does not have an overarching strategy that effectively co-ordinates actions for the reduction of homelessness with other provincial ministries, municipalities and third party service providers”;

WHEREAS as we enter 2024, the number of people seeking shelter continues to rise, making it clear that the province’s target of eradicating chronic homelessness by 2025 is unlikely to be achieved;

WHEREAS every corner of Ontario has witnessed an explosion of homelessness and encampments. Toronto alone has over 10,000 people who are homeless;

WHEREAS the Ford government’s Housing Affordability Task Force was specifically tasked to look at only market based solutions to address housing supply issues and omitted the issue of homelessness;

WHEREAS numerous municipalities across Ontario have declared a state of emergency over homelessness, including Toronto, Ottawa, Hamilton, and Niagara Region;

THEREFORE WE THE UNDERSIGNED petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to: Immediately establish a Homelessness Task Force under the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing composed of housing advocates, front line social service and health care workers, legal and justice workers, and persons who have experienced homelessness to support the Government of Ontario in creating and maintaining a provincial homelessness strategy. This task force will provide annual recommendations on policies and programs and other matters to be included in the strategy, ensuring that the strategy reflects the evolving landscape of homelessness in Ontario.

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