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September 7, 2006
Roundtable report proposes housing solutions for Toronto seniors
  
Finding housing solutions for Toronto seniors is the focus of a report released today by Councillor Gay Cowbourne, Chair of the Mayor’s Roundtable on Seniors, and Deputy Mayor Mike Feldman, Chair of the Roundtable’s reference group on seniors’ housing.

Housing Toronto’s Seniors - Planning for the Future is a comprehensive overview of the seniors’ housing environment in Toronto and is the first City report to view housing issues from the specific perspective of seniors. The report was launched today at the Older Women’s Network Co-operative, a supportive housing residence in downtown Toronto.

Development of the report was a collaborative effort by the reference group made up of community representatives, senior staff from the provincial and federal governments, and supported by City staff. The group spent the past 18 months reviewing the housing issues and challenges facing seniors. Their report lays out six key directions for meeting the housing needs of seniors and makes 41 recommendations, which form the basis of a proposed plan of action.

“The overarching message that surfaced is that there is a critical connection between affordable and appropriate housing, community supports and adequate and secure income,” said Deputy Mayor Feldman. “These are the keys to helping people to age in place and to remain active, independent and engaged in their communities.”

The population of Toronto is aging. Between 2001 and 2031, the number of seniors will increase by 42 per cent and will make up 17 per cent of Toronto’s population. The report describes the steps that all orders of government must take to ensure seniors have the range of supports they need to live independently in their communities.

“The next steps involve all orders of government moving forward together to implement these recommendations,” said Councillor Cowbourne. “Every order of government and each of the community partners have a role to play in planning for the necessary changes. Together we must ensure that the housing and personal support needs of Toronto’s aging population are addressed in ways that make the best use of our combined resources.”

Housing Toronto’s Seniors - Planning for the Future is available on the City of Toronto’s website at http://www.toronto.ca/seniors.

Media contacts:
Councillor Gay Cowbourne, Chair, Mayor’s Roundtable on Seniors, 416-392-1373
Cheryl MacDonald, Toronto Social Development, Finance & Administration, 416-397-4494


 

 

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