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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Ford says Hamilton will have to “pitch” on building new homes

Premier Doug Ford was asked about his handling of municipalities that have decided to open up more land for housing development.

Last November Hamilton City Council voted 13-3 to retain the urban boundary, choosing a housing strategy that focuses on building more homes in already developed areas rather than developing more agricultural land.

After a meeting with Toronto Mayor John Tory, Ford said the burden of building new homes could not fall solely on Ontario’s capital. “People in Ottawa and Hamilton and Durham, we all have to work together,” Ford said.

Ford was asked about a new report by the Canada Mortgage Housing Corporation (CMHC), which says Canada needs to add 3.5 million new homes by 2030 to achieve housing potential.

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Right now CMHC says the country is on track to build about 2.3 million by 2030. Ford says his government will work to speed up the process of building new homes.

The decision was met with criticism from local Conservative MP Donna Skelly and Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Steve Clarke.

Ford said today that it intends to sit down and work with Hamilton and other municipalities on the housing.

Hamilton Center MPP Andrea Horvath says Ford should respect the city council’s decision on the border, and not try to force an extension.

Horvath says that expanding the limit means expanding the infrastructure and the taxpayer will have to cover that cost. Horvath thinks the council has made the right decision.

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The population of Hamilton is expected to increase to 820,000 people by 2051. That’s an increase of about a quarter of a million people.

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