Spurring Affordable Housing Development: New Ideas, Approaches and Tools

Date: October 30, 2018

Time: 8:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. EST. (breakfast from 8am to 9am)

Location:  Provincial Room, Prince Arthur Waterfront Hotel & Suites, 17 North Cumberland Street, Thunder Bay, ON P7A 4K8 (view map)

Accommodation: Rooms are available for booking at the Prince Arthur Waterfront Hotel & Suites (same venue as the forum). The hotel is offering a government rate of $99 per night plus taxes. To receive the government rate you will need to call the hotel directly at 1-(807) 345-5411 to make your booking. 

Cost: $65 (plus HST). This event includes warm breakfast, lunch and a site tour (optional).

Site Tour: Built Environment- Affordable Housing in Thunder Bay (approx. 1 hour 45 min). Tour includes travel by bus with stops at selected locations.  Space is limited to 35 participants for this tour. Pre-registration is required and offered on first come first serve basis.

IMPORTANT Registering: You will be presented with two options when registering for this event; please select one option per individual. Both options include breakfast and lunch. Please note that registering for the Session/Presentations only does not automatically register you for the tour.

  • Option 1: Sessions/Presentations only is for attending the speaker component of this event only
  • Option 2: Sessions/Presentations and Site Tour is for attending both the speaker sessions & site tour


Event Contact: Simone Ramtahal, Housing Services Corporation; | 416-594-9325 ext 251


Are you thinking of redevelopment and getting affordable housing development off the ground in your community? Looking for ideas on how to operationalize the process? Join us for this special one-day forum on advancing affordable housing development in Northern Ontario. This event is an opportunity for housing practitioners, planners, senior decision-makers, developers, non-profit housing organization or community partners interested in affordable housing development to learn from tangible examples, exchange ideas with peers and build your networks. An optional site tour, “Built Environment- Affordable Housing in Thunder Bay” is offered with this event. 

Featured guest speaker Tiffany Duzita from British Columbia will share the innovate work of the Community Land Trust Foundation whose mission is to support, preserve and expand co-operative and non-profit housing.

This forum is hosted in partnership with The District of Thunder Bay Social Services Administration Board (TBSSDAB)The Northern Ontario Service Deliverers Association (NOSDA) and the Housing Services Corporation (HSC). 




8:00 a.m.- 9:00 a.m. // Registration, Breakfast and networking // [Sponsored by NOSDA]

9:00 a.m.- 9:15 a.m. //Opening Remarks & Land Acknowledgement //

  • Welcome Remarks: William (Bill) Bradica, Chair of HSC Board & Chief Administrative Officer, TBDSSAB (event moderator)
  • Opening Remarks & Land AcknowledgementIain Angus, Chair, NOSDA Executive Committee; TBDSSAB Board Member

9:15 a.m. – 10:10 a.m. // Opening Session: How Community Land Trusts (CLT) Could Help Build Affordable Housing //

This spark ideas session will demonstrate the possibilities for affordable housing when municipalities get creative in their use of land. Our guest speaker will discuss the innovative CLT model by CHF BC and the Community Land Trust Foundation, how it works, the ingredients that need to be in place, and how the trust can be used to protect and leverage the assets of a housing provider. 

Guest Speaker:

  • Tiffany DuzitaDirector, Community Land Trust Foundation, British Columbia
  • Moderator: Howie Wong, Chief Executive Officer, Housing Services Corporation

10:15 a.m. – 10:25 a.m. Break

10:25 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. // Session 1: Region of Peel’s Strategic and Planned Approach to Development //

This session offers the opportunity to engage with other housing professionals from the Region of Peel to learn about their strategic visioning, the process involved and hear about some of the tools that are being used to encourage and mobilize housing development for their municipalities.


  • Aileen Baird, Director, Housing Services, Region of Peel
  • Sue Ritchie, Manager, Housing Development, Housing Services Division, Human Services Department, Region of Peel
  • Moderator: Fern DominelliChief Administrative Officer, Manitoulin-Sudbury & CAO Lead

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. // Session 2: Unlocking the Benefits and Potential for Revitalization and Development //

In this informative session you will  hear about the experience and approach taken by the Thunder Bay DSSAB and the City of Greater Sudbury to examine the assets in their social housing portfolio for the purposes of redevelopment. The take away for participants is how to navigate down a similar path, how to prepare internally, what is required, and what needs to be done; if you are thinking to redevelop. 


  • Ken Ranta, Director, Housing Services Division, The District of Thunder Bay Social Services Administration Board
  • Cindi Briscoe, Manager of Housing Services, Community Development Department, City of Greater Sudbury
  • Moderator: Dan McCormick, Chief Administrative Officer & Chief of Paramedic Services, Rainy River DSSAB

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch and Networking [Sponsored by TBSSAB]

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. // Session 3: From Schools to Home: Creating Affordable Housing //

Speakers in this session representing two northern Ontario regions will share how they have leveraged school infrastructure and reinvented these spaces to address housing issues in their communities. You will hear about the school conversion initiatives in the Districts of Parry Sound and Kenora. Speakers will address the finance, partnerships, resources and community involvement required to make implementation happen.


  • Janice Bray, Director Housing Services, District of Parry Sound Social Services Administration Board
  • Howard Wesley, Property Manager, Parry Sound Non-Profit Housing, Parry Sound
  • Henry Wall, Chief Administrative Officer, Kenora District Services Board
  • Moderator:  Nick Stewart, Executive Director, NOSDA

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. // Session 4: Navigating the National Housing Co-Investment Fund //

This session has been structured to help participants learn about the new federal co-investment funding, the application process and the opportunities to leverage the program to help finance affordable housing projects. Session speakers from CMHC will also provide a debrief on the initial round of the application process, and want to hear from participants about the various issues and pressure points that organizations have experienced when applying for this funding.


  • Giovanni Tino, Ontario Manager, Affordable Housing, Canada Mortgage Housing Corporation
  • Jeffrey Kolibash, Affordable Housing Consultant, Northern Ontario , Canada Mortgage Housing Corporation
  • Moderator: Ken Ranta, Director, Housing Services Division, The District of Thunder Bay Social Services Administration Board (TBDSSAB)

2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. // Concluding Remarks // *Note: Site tour will follow after the event wrap up

3:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. // Site Tour: Built Environment- Affordable Housing in Thunder Bay // (Participants must register for the site tour- limited spaces available)

After the forum, a group of participants will leave for a tour to learn about the landscape and built environment of affordable housing projects in the city of Thunder Bay.  We will take you through the following projects:

  • Donald Street East- new eight-plex development of affordable housing for single, non-seniors. Designed to be energy efficient.
  • McIvor Court- typical large building with an interior opportunity for development
  • Northern Linkage- new affordable housing facility [24 single-bedroom apartments; 4 units specifically designed for individual in wheelchairs]
  • Lendrum- housing with supports for young mothers
  • Jasper Place- senior housing with supports

The tour will be provided by bus with stops at selected sites to enable participants to view specific projects and to provide more in-depth explanation of a project.