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October 2, 2007
City Council to provincial political parties: fund community housing repairs
At its meeting of September 26-27, Toronto City Council passed a motion that reads in part, “immediately urge each of the political parties in the current provincial election to make commitments to fund the backlog of repairs in Toronto Community Housing Corporation and other social housing communities downloaded to the City of Toronto.”

After the amalgamation of the City of Toronto, the provincial government of the day downloaded all social housing stock onto the Toronto government without the necessary funds to ensure a state of good repair.

The Toronto Community Housing Corporation has a repair backlog estimated at $300 million. The motion, moved by Councillor Cesar Palacio (Ward 17 - Davenport), also requests Toronto Community Housing to provide the City’s Licensing and Standards Committee with the background on how the $300 million estimate was arrived at, and “how the backlog is growing in the absence of provincial assistance.”

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