Housing Crisis – “A workable solution requires true collaboration”

Residents often speak to me about the rising cost of homes in Aurora and the struggles their children are facing to purchase an affordable first home.  Not just in Aurora — affordable housing has reached a crisis level in communities right across Canada. Virtually everyone agrees that something needs to be done.

The disconnect comes when we talk about solutions – everyone has their own opinion on the best way forward.

Recently the Ontario government introduced Bill 23 and 39 – with the stated goal of providing a solution to the housing issue. But that “solution” has been met with a lot of vocal opposition.

Leaders from all levels of government have raised significant concerns about the province’s current plans to tackle the housing crisis. And who truly benefits.

I am one of those leaders, and I make no apologies for being a fierce advocate for the residents I serve. You elected me to be your voice, share your concerns and get things done.

However, I recognize that advocacy, however right the cause or strong the case,  will not get anything done if there’s no one willing to listen.

A workable solution requires true collaboration.  All parties, at the table, working together in the best interests of the people we collectively serve — the residents of our communities.

We didn’t get here, alone. And we won’t solve it alone.

I will continue to advocate for our community.  I will continue to communicate your concerns and look for opportunities to work in collaboration with all levels of government to tackle one of the most significant issues we face. I know many of my municipal colleagues feel the same way.

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