Date: October 30, 2018
Location: Provincial Room, Prince Arthur Waterfront Hotel & Suites, 17 North Cumberland Street, Thunder Bay, ON P7A 4K8 (view map)
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? This special one-day forum in Northern Ontario brought together housing practitioners, planners, senior decision-makers, developers, non-profit housing organizations and community partners to discuss opportunities to advance affordable housing development. Participants also attended a site tour: Built Environment- Affordable Housing in Thunder Bay.
The forum was 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).
FORUM AT A GLANCE:
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
- Opening Remarks & Land Acknowledgement: Iain 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 demonstrated the possibilities for affordable housing when municipalities get creative in their use of land. Our guest speaker discussed 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.
- Tiffany Duzita, Director, Community Land Trust Foundation, British Columbia (Presentation)
- 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 offered 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 (Presentation)
- Sue Ritchie, Manager, Housing Development, Housing Services Division, Human Services Department, Region of Peel (Presentation)
- Moderator: Fern Dominelli, Chief 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 participants heard 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 (Presentation)
- Cindi Briscoe, Manager of Housing Services, Community Development Department, City of Greater Sudbury (Presentation)
- 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 represented two northern Ontario regions and shared how they have leveraged school infrastructure and reinvented these spaces to address housing issues in their communities. Attendees heard about the school conversion initiatives in the Districts of Parry Sound and Kenora.
- Janice Bray, Director Housing Services, District of Parry Sound Social Services Administration Board (Presentation)
- Howard Wesley, Property Manager, Parry Sound Non-Profit Housing, Parry Sound (Presentation)
- Henry Wall, Chief Administrative Officer, Kenora District Services Board (Presentation)
- 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 was 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 provided a debrief on the initial round of the application process, and heard 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 (Presentation)
- 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 //
After the forum, a group of participants were provided a tour to learn about the landscape and built environment of affordable housing projects in the city of Thunder Bay. The following projects were viewed:
- 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