The Ontario government has set out to have 1.5-million homes built over the next decade.
So far, most of the emphasis is on the Greater Toronto Area. Still, Timmins Mayor Kristin Murray hopes it eventually comes north. She likes elements like a mix of owned and rented homes, midrise apartments, and townhomes.
She also likes the idea of reducing and eliminating some charges, as she’s hearing from her constituents.
“Things are expensive,” she remarks. “It’s making things like owning a home very challenging, let alone just affording groceries. So I think there’s some merit.”
Part of the legislation calls for eliminating development fees that fund infrastructure projects,but Murray says those fees are currently not in effect in Timmins.
She also acknowledges that adequate housing is a cornerstone to economic development, with industries either moving in or thinking of it.
“I’ve had conversations with individuals over the past short time and really hearing about how they’ve moved to Timmins and they know others who would want to move here as well. So really, we need to be turning our minds and this next council will certainly have to be very strategic and innovative with really putting that as our priority and accomplishing that goal.”
Murray returns to her position as Ward 5 councillor on November 15th, when Michelle Boileau is sworn in as mayor.